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UPDATED: Denver Center getting teachers’ blood boiling … right now


By John Moore

More than 100 area high-school theatre teachers have taken over the Newman Building today for the annual Colorado Thespians Teachers Conference. It’s an all-day opportunity for teachers to teach teachers more about the craft of educational theatre.

Early, blood-circulating workshops have included “Theatre Games,” led by Denver Center Theatre Academy teaching artist Allison Watrous, who soon will be appearing in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s world premiere of “Just Like Us”;  and “Voice and Movement for the Stage,” taught by the University of Colorado’s Tamara Meneghini, recent star of “The Great Goddess Bazaar" for the Bas Bleu Theatre Company.

The conference continues all day today, with sessions planned on clowning and physical comedy (Justin Walvoord of the Aurora Fox’s “Metamorphoses”); stage makeup (Ted Stark); Shakespeare Alive (Gillian McNally); movement for a new generation (Laurence Curry, Curious Theatre’s “The Brothers Size”); and improv for all ages (Denver Center Theatre Academy teaching artist Jessica Austgen).

The conference is hosted by the Denver Center’s Education Department.

Here are some more photos from the morning sessions. If we get the chance, we will pop down and take some more this afternoon.

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Allison Watrous, above.


Tamara Meneghini, above.


Gillian McNally, above.

Justin Walvoord, above.

Teacher Jimmy Miller, left, with the Denver Center education department’s technical director, Stuart Barr.

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