2024 IBTF WORKSHOPS

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Enjoy a variety of free workshops and seminars daily.

See Workshops Schedule and Descriptions Below

Embassy Suites

460 N Cherry Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Workshop schedule at Embassy Suites

Benton Convention Center

301 W 5th Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Workshop schedule in the Benton

Marriott

425 N Cherry Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Workshop schedule at the Marriott
Workshop schedule at the Marriott

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

4F: INTRO FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHY

Teaching the basics of stage combat, and fighting choreography for film and TV fighting choreography. Something for all physical levels, wear loose comfortable clothing, sneakers or use your bare feet. Also bring water and a towel.

Presenter: J. Wells, Jr., SAG Award Winning stunt performer from Black Panther

Marriott—Hearn B
Tuesday, July 30 @ 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Thursday, August 1 @ 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

ACTING 101

Learn how to prepare for an audition, complete an audition, and prepare for the role after the audition.

Presenter: Ereka Scales & Mychal-Bella Bowman

Marriott—Hearn D
Friday, August 2 @ 11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
Saturday, August 3 @ 11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

ACTING ALCHEMY: FINDING YOUR DYNAMICS, BE SPECIFIC AND SHINE

Master the fundamentals of acting and explore techniques that will have YOUR Alchemy POPPIN’! Bring a prepared monologue to perform/work.

Presenter: Bianca LaVerne Jones

Embassy Suites–Ardmore 1
Thursday, August 1 @ 11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

AFRICAN AMERICAN VILLAGE CONSCIOUSNESS

Anchor your soul, feel empowerment through life’s storms by tapping into the wisdom of our African Ancestors. Get ready to sing, read affirmations, engage in truth-telling and interpretive movements that remind us how to follow the drinking gourd to wisdom and freedom.

Presenters: Dr. Felecia Piggott-Long & Baba Joseph Anderson

Embassy Suites–Ardmore 2
Tuesday, July 30 @ 9:00 a.m.–11a.m.
Thursday, August 1 @ 9:00 a.m.–11a.m.

ARTS IN JUSTICE

This engaging and interactive session is an abbreviated version of the National Conference hosted by Ms. Danielle Moore and Dr. Shameka Stewart. The session provides appropriate and unique strategies and solutions for legally implementing all aspects of an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) while utilizing various activities centered around the Arts. The session will include 3 audience- engaging activities accompanied by knowledgeable information on effectively applying innovative strategies to education, art and habilitative services for youth with different learning needs and learning styles. This session is appropriate for educators, parents, administrators, directors, and anyone supporting youth with learning differences and/or difficulties. Let’s reimagine how we approach our youth with natural artistic inclinations and gifts, to strengthen them in all areas of learning!

Presenters: Ms. Danielle Moore & Dr. Shameka Stewart

Marriott–Moravian
Thursday, August 2 @ 9:00 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

AUDITIONING W/ MONOLOGUE

Professor Vera Katz shows you how to effectively decode a script on the spot and deliver a compelling read. Learn real world techniques. Prof. Katz has coached Debbie Allen, Anthony Anderson, the late Chadwick Boseman, Corey Hawkins, Taraji P. Henson, Phylicia Rashad, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Isaiah Washington, and Lynn Whitfield.

Presenter: Vera Katz

Marriott–Hearn C
Wednesday, July 31 @ 11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

BETTER MONEY HABITS

  • Budgeting and Banking Basics – basics, how to budget, emergency funds, managing debt and financial stress.
  • Income and Paychecks – understanding your paychecks, making the most of your pay, benefits and resources.
  • Financial Safety – Fraud and Identity Theft, protecting yourself and what to do if it happens to you.
  • Spending and Saving – budgeting, emergency funds, prioritizing savings.
  • Building Your Credit – credit, what is a good credit score, how to read credit reports, using credit responsibly.
  • Setting and Achieving Goals – Setting financial goals, paying for a car, renting or buying a home

Presenter: Bank of America

Marriott–Hearn A
Tuesday, July 30 @ 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

BREAKING IN

Aspiring performers will hear from one of their own who became employed as a full-time Hollywood Talent within three business days of arriving in Southern California.

Presenter: Phillip E. Walker

Embassy–Ardmore 2
Wednesday, July 31 @ 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

BUSINESS DYNAMICS OF PLAY FESTIVALS

Delve into the business world of play festivals. Participants will gain unique insights from experienced industry leaders, empowering them with the knowledge to navigate and contribute to the success of their own play festivals.

Presenters: Denise O’Neal & Toni Simmons Henson

Embassy Suites–Ardmore 1
Friday, August 2 @ 9:00 a.m.–11 a.m.

CHOREOPOETRY

A choreopoem is a literary genre where a series of poems, rooted in ritual and healing are accompanied by movement; musical and vocal exploration; and poetic, musical, theatre/storytelling techniques and more, expressed creatively and dramatically with audience and performers as spect-actors. Participants will be guided through this cross-disciplinary artistic form.

Presenter: Choreopoet Ms. Latrice P. Young

Embassy Suites–Ardmore 1
Tuesday, July 30 @ 11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
Wednesday, July 31 @ 11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
 

DANCE MASTER

Showcase offers FREE master dance classes ranging from contemporary, jazz, hip hop, heels Latin jazz, dance fit and kids hip hop. We also host guest performances and a choreographer’s showcase.

Presenter: Tiffany Murray

Marriott–Hearn B
Saturday, August 3 @ 9:00 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

DEEPER WITH MEISNER

An advanced acting workshop that asks actors to go deeper in their relationship with others performing with them. Beginning with ‘repetition’, then ‘turning it into language’ ending with ‘a knock at the door’. You will learn how to expand your craft and the truth of your performance by focusing on the other actor(s).

Presenter: C. Julian White

Embassy Suites–Ardmore 2
Wednesday, July 31 @ 11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
Friday, August 2 @ 11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

DIASPORIC DANCE

A dance experience like no other! Providing African Diasporic dance in various styles under one occasion: DOIN’ IT FOR THE CULTURE! An educational embodiment of movement technologies that are derived from our people for our survival such as Afro movement, Afrobeats, Hip-Hop, Afro House, and many more!  No experience necessary; participants are encouraged to come in comfortable clothing, with a water vessel, and engaged in good vibrations!!    

Presenter: Dani Criss

Marriott-Hearn B
Wednesday, July 31 @ 8:00 a.m.-8:45 a.m.

DIGITAL STRATEGIES FOR THEATRE

Discover how to use digital and marketing tools to effectively market your next production. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get butts in seats, or to get eyes and ears on your project! Examples will be from Twitter (X), Threads, Spill, Instagram, Clubhouse, Tik Tok. Find @DrGoddess everywhere on these internet streets!

Presenter: Dr. Goddess

Embassy Ardmore 2
Friday, August 2 @ 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. 

DIRECTING

Learn how to connect with your actors in order to successfully pull together a production on stage, screen or on film. Break down a scene and explain key elements to your actors. Prof. Vera Katz has spent decades training directors on how to drill through an actor’s doubt to guide them. Prof. Katz has coached Debbie Allen, Anthony Anderson, the late Chadwick Boseman, Corey Hawkins, Taraji P. Henson, Phylicia Rashad, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Isaiah Washington and Lynn Whitfield.

Presenter: Vera Katz

Marriott–Hearn C
Thursday, August 1 @ 11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

DIRECTORS ON DIRECTING: FROM PAGE TO STAGE AND POINTS BEYOND

Seasoned directors will share their best practices and moments that landed flat while shaping a production. Panel discussion led by expert director Allie Woods, Jr.

Presenter: Allie Woods, Jr.

Marriott—Hearn C
Tuesday, July 30 @ 11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

DISNEY AUDITIONS

Bring a prepared song and monologue.

Benton South-Piedmont 3
Wednesday, July 31–Friday, August 2 @ 9:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m. 

EQUITY TABLE

Marriott–Hearn Hallway
Tuesday, July 30–Saturday, August 3 @ all day

FAMILY: FINDING HOLY GROUND BLACK RELIGION SUMMIT

Inspired by the world premiere production of Heritage, this panel discussion examines the relationships between the LGBTQIA+ community values and the Black Baptist Church beliefs in the American South. Moderated by Dr. Corey D. B. Walker, Dean of Wake Forest University School of Divinity, Wake Forest Professor of the Humanities, and Director of the Program in African American Studies. Panelists include JuCoby Johnson, Heritage playwright; Dr. Elise Edwards, Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, Baylor University and Researcher with the Henry Luce Funded “Center for Religion and Cities”; H. Adam Harris, Director of Heritage and Dr. Marquisha Scott, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver and Congregational Data Associate for the Henry Luce Funded Center for Religion in Cities.

Moderator: Dr. Corey D. B. Walker,

Marriott–Hearn A
Friday, August 2 @ 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

GRANT WRITING 101

Foundations don’t fund projects. They fund people. Learn how to play the ‘foundation game’ to capture dollars. Learn how to ask for money in simple fundraising terms —this workshop will teach you insider-trading for foundation support. Michele Betts has secured more than $1 million in grant monies for Black non-profits and artists.

Presenter: Michele Betts

Marriott Hearn C
August 1-2, Thursday-Friday @ 9:00 a.m.– 11:00 p.m.

HARMONY IN CREATION

An immersive workshop designed to explore the art of songwriting and music production within the context of Gospel Music. While the primary focus is on collaborative songwriting, the workshop offers valuable benefits for actors interested in expanding their creative horizons and developing new skills.

Presenter: Linda Greenwood

Benton Convention Center–Salem 1–Main Level
Wednesday, July 31 @ 11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
Saturday, August 3 @ 11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

HEAR, LEAP, IT’S ALREADY DONE

A practical step-by-step method rooted in spiritual insights, personal accounts and mindfulness exercises that breathe life into participants’ unrealized callings, empower them to take action, and equip them to finally see them through to the finish line.

Presenter: Kerisse Stewart

Embassy Suites–Ardmore 1
Thursday, August 1 @  9 a.m.–11 a.m.
Friday, August 2 @ 9 a.m.–11 a.m.

IMPACT OF YOUR SELF IMAGE

This workshop will discuss the psychology of color, the role of costuming and how the intersection of how both entities impact the overall effectiveness of a theatrical production. This workshop will discuss the psychology of color, the role of costuming and how the intersection of how both entities impact the overall effectiveness of a theatrical production.

Presenter: Bianca Smith

Embassy–Ardmore 2
Tuesday, July 30 @ 11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m. 
Thursday, August 1 @ 11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m. 

IMPROVISATION FOR LIFE

The workshop is designed to give participants practice achieving scene goals with their partners. Although participants may choose to incorporate comedic elements in meeting their scene objectives, the overall “tone” of the scenes will be realistic, meaning scenarios that occur at work, school, in friendships, romantic relationships, etc.

Presenter: Linda Green

Embassy Suites–Ardmore 1
Wednesday, July 31 @ 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Saturday, August 3 @ 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

INTERNATIONAL COLLOQUIUM

A collaborative effort between the IBTF, Winston Salem State University’s Department in Liberal Studies, Program in Africana Studies; Africa World Now Project, and the National Black Theatre Network. The 2024 theme is Echoes of FESTAC ’77   This event is facilitated by international theatre professionals and academicians. Joining us this year, as we continue to map and explore Black cultural life, globally, we have the pleasure to be in dialogue with Dr. Abdul Alkalimat as well as artist and cultural scholars from Nova Scotia, Canada, where they will explore the continuities in the histories of people of African descent in the U.S. and Canada.

Coordinated by: Dr. james pope

Benton South–Conference Rm. 1
Tuesday, July 30–Friday, August 2 @ 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD

You will learn steps to reshape limiting beliefs surrounding unhealthy indulgences and use reading-writing-and-storytelling to transform your perspectives.

Presenter: Michelle Petties

Marriott–Hearn C
Tuesday, July 30 @ 9 a.m.–11 a.m.
Wednesday, July 31 @ 9 a.m.–11 a.m.

JOURNEY TO THE WATER

An interactive workshop presenting scenes and corresponding dramaturgy from the water by Korinn Annette Jefferies. Set during Freedom Summer 1964, the water follows three different stories as Black people leave their respective cities and states to travel to Florida’s beaches. The play explores the challenge of travel through the American South during segregation, our diasporic relationship to water, and the rich history of the establishments throughout Florida that served as hubs of leisure for Black travelers.

Presenter: Korinn Annette Jefferies

Embassy Suites–Ardmore 1
Friday, August 2 @ 11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
Saturday, August 3 @ 11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

KEMETIC YOGA

This style originated in Egypt and focuses on the movement of energy through the body in order to connect with one’s higher intelligence and the divine. It is performed at a much slower pace than in a standard asana class and there is more of a focus on meditation and the chakras.

Presenter: Dewanna Benjamin

Marriott–Hearn B
Tuesday, July 30 @ 11:15 am- 1:15 pm

MASTER ACTING WITH LAMMAN RUCKER

Lamman Rucker helps participants tap into their dynamic talents to shape and bring to life characters in a script. He shows you how to effectively decode a script on the spot and deliver a compelling read. Learn real world techniques to use for your own development!

Presenter: Lamman Rucker 

Benton Convention Center–Main Level–Salem 1
Thursday, August 1 @ 1:00 p,

LIVE GIVEAWAYS/BLACK THEATRE DAY

Join The CRAFT Institute, Support Black Theatre and Black Theatre Day partners for live giveaways and an interactive program. We’re getting ready for Black Theatre Day. 

Benton–Salem 1
Tuesday, July 30 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

MAKING CHICKEN PROPS

Learn how to make production props for Chicken and Biscuits by Douglas Lyons. Enjoy this hands-on experience and the step by step technique of making faux chicken legs. These skills can be transferred and used for other props.

Presenter: Evelyn Tyler

Marriott–Moravian
Wednesday, July 31 @ 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Thursday, August 1 @ 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

MAN TALK

It’s time to stand up and MAN UP! Man Talk is a component of the Youth Celebrity Project for young men, ages 11+. This phenomenal opportunity will allow participants to engage in real talk with celebrities who were once in their shoes. Celebrity Petri Hawkins Byrd (Judge Judy), celebrity Lamann Rucker (Why Did I Get Married? and Greenleaf) and Mike Anderson (Give Us This Day) will moderate this event.

Benton Convention Center, Main Level, Salem 1
Thursday, August 1 @ 10
:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

MINDFUL MEDITATION

Attendees will discover how mindfulness meditation can be used as a tool of self-care and source of power in real life. In this session, I will share my experience with mindfulness meditation through the Mindfulness Collaboratory cohort, and how I moved from being burnout and overwhelmed to cultivating a consistent practice of living with intention and authenticity. Session attendees will participate in a guided meditation followed by a writing prompt that will explore areas of their life and work and identify pathways of self-care to enhance their unique genius and authentic self. 

Presenter: Shannon Stokes

Marriott–Moravian
Thursday, August 1 @ 11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
Saturday, August 3 @ 11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

MORNING MOVEMENT

A blend of Hatha Yoga, Kemetic Yoga, Chair Yoga & Vinyasa Yoga. By combining these techniques, many skill levels and ages can be accommodated.

Presenter: Nana Malaya

Marriott–Hearn B
Wednesday, July 31 @ 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.

OBTAINING A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE

In these times, people are very concerned about living healthier lifestyles, especially in the aftermath of Covid. However, many have abandoned the thought because it is perceived to be way too costly.  Naturopathic Doctor & Master Herbalist, Dr. LaJoyce Brookshire teaches the “Get Perfect Health for Free” system featuring Solid Solutions that anyone can do to dramatically change their health trajectory … AND … will cost them nothing.

Presenter: Dr. LaJoyce Brookshire

Marriott–Hearn D
Tuesday, July 30 @ 11:15 a.m.–1:15 pm
Wednesday, July 31 @ 11:15 a.m.–1:15 pm

ORIGINS

This filmmaker will guide participants in the art of capturing family stories and then translating them into compelling media content.  Writer, director, producer Tina Chapman DaCosta will share her journey of taking family stories to create her award-winning films, Dear Eleanor and Brick by Brick as well as its impact on community building.

Presenter: Tina Chapman DaCosta

Marriott – Moravian
Tuesday, July 30 @ 9 a.m.–11 a.m.
Saturday, August 3 @ 9 a.m.–11 a.m.

OTESHA AFRICAN DANCE

Low to medium impact dance rooted in cultural ritual songs and dances from Brazilleville, Congo of the Bakongo tribes and dances throughout the African diaspora. Participants will learn African dance techniques, mini routines and songs. 

Presenter: Donna McCraney

Marriott–Hearn B
Thursday, August 1 @ 8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.

OVERCOMING

Learn the science behind stage fright and how meditation, visualization and affirmations can relieve performance anxiety while boosting confidence.

Presenter: Karla Payne

Marriott–Hearn D
Thursday, August 1 @ 11:15 a.m.–1:15 pm

PUPPETRY BASICS FOR STAGE AND FILM

Participants will learn the basics of hand and rod puppets (muppet style puppet), how to create characters for a puppet. As well as ways to implement them in their work as educators and creatives. Puppets will be supplied.

Presenter: Crystal Rae

Marriott– Hearn B
Wednesday, July 31 @ 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Friday, August 2 @ 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

RITUAL POETIC DRAMA

This Master Class is a transformative journey, guiding participants through a deep exploration of self and community. These profound and rich traditions invite people to engage with the sacred, the communal and the personal in a space of respect, growth and profound change. The intensive is designed to leave participants with a greater understanding of themselves and their place in the world as well as a set of tools to influence their artistic and personal journeys.

Presenter: Jasmine Eileen Coles     

Marriott– Hearn C
Friday, August 2 @ 11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
Saturday, August 3 @ 11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

SISTERS UNITED

Inspired by the world premiere production of I Am…a Shepherdess, the trials and tribulations faced by Black women in America are examined, along with the multiple identities and challenges connected to Muslim and Christian faith traditions. Panelists include Dr. Marquisha Scott, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver and Congregational Data Associate for the Henry Luce Funded Center for Religion in Cities, Eljon Wardally, I Am…a Shepherdess playwright, Antu Yacob, I Am…a Shepherdess actress, and Dr. Alisa Perkins, Associate Professor, Department of World Religions Western Michigan University, Development Director for Dream of Detroit, and Director for the Henry Luce Funded “Detroit Muslim Storytelling Project.

Moderated: Dr. Melva Sampson, Assistant Teaching Professor, WFU School of Divinity

Marriott–Hearn A
Thursday, August 1 @ 11:30 a.m.

TELL ME YOUR STORY: TOOLS FOR WRITING YOUR FIRST STAGE PLAY

Learn techniques that will enable you to effectively develop your first stage play.  Also learn how to approach theaters with partial, self finance productions as well as what type of plays best work for small, community and minority houses. Exercise handouts, information materials will be provided and discussed. Dramatist Guild Materials will also be available.

Presenter:  Clyde Santana, DGA Ambassador       

Marriott–Hearn D
Wednesday, July 30 @ 9 a.m.–11 a.m.
Thursday, August 1@ 9 a.m.–11 a.m.

THERAPEUTIC POWER OF THEATRE

Alyson Williams, who portrays Phyllis Hyman in BETCHA BY GOLLY WOW, there’s NEVER TOO MUCH, and Kelvin Roston, who channels Donny Hathaway in Twisted Melodies, join mental health providers from Novant Health for a panel discussion on suicide prevention and the mental health challenges faced by artists.

Marriott–Hearn A
Wednesday, July 31 @ 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

WRITING MASTER CLASS

Learn practical techniques to bring characters to life, to maximize your plot potential and to craft story arcs. These tools will deepen your script writing skills.

Presenter: Javon Johnson

Marriott–Moravian
Tuesday, July 30 @ 11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
Wednesday, July 31 @ 11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

WOMEN BEHIND THE MIC

Join us for a chat with the “Sheroes” who worked behind the scenes with the most iconic artists and brands of all time in Hip-Hop, R&B, Film, Fashion and Television. Learn how these women made significant contributions to The Culture as they share their stories of how their efforts resulted in the sales of trillions of records worldwide in the male-dominated Entertainment Industry.

Presenter: Dr. LaJoyce Brookshire

Marriott–Hearn B
Thursday, August 1 @ 11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
Friday, August 2 @ 11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m.