Leadership, Excellence, and Advocacy Day (LEAD)

Leaders aren’t born with the skills necessary for success. It takes time, commitment, and exposure to innovative ideas and strategies. That’s what LEAD is all about. This annual event for teachers and students focuses on developing the critical skills necessary for leadership both in theatre and in life.

2018 LEAD
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Bexley Middle School

TimeEventDetails
8:30-9 a.m.Registration
9:9:15 a.m.Opening
9:15-9:30 a.m.Keynote Speaker Scott WilsonScott Wilson is the Fine Arts Consultant for the Ohio Department of Education. A Thespian since 1988, Scott has served the Ohio Chapter board for 18 years and is currently an advisor for the International Thespian Officers.
9:35-10:20 a.m.Workshop 1/Junior Conference Planning Session
  • #SQUADGOALS: Room 4184
  • Advocacy: We Tell The Story: Room 4188
  • Dealing with Rejection: Room 4185
  • Jr. Thespian Conference Planning (for all Jr Thespians): Middle School Library
  • Treat Yourself and Your Troupe: Room 4186
  • True Colors: High School Library
  • Updates from Statewide Arts Orgainizations (Part 1): Community Room
10:25-11:10 a.m.Workshop 2/Junior Conference Planning Session
  • #SQUADGOALS: Room 4184
  • Advocacy: We Tell The Story: Room 4188
  • Dealing with Rejection: Room 4185
  • Jr. Thespian Conference Planning (for all Jr Thespians): Middle School Library
  • Treat Yourself and Your Troupe: Room 4186
  • True Colors: High School Library
  • Updates from Statewide Arts Orgainizations (Part 2): Community Room
11:15 a.m. to noonWorkshop 3/Junior STO Interviews
  • #SQUADGOALS: Room 4184
  • Advocacy: We Tell The Story: Room 4188
  • Dealing with Rejection: Room 4185
  • Growing Awareness & Support for Your Program (Pt 1): Community Room
  • Jr. Thespian Conference Planning (for all Jr Thespians): Middle School Library
  • Treat Yourself and Your Troupe: Room 4186
  • True Colors: High School Library
12-12:40 p.m.Lunch
12:45-1:25 p.m.Workshop 4
  • #SQUADGOALS: Room 4184
  • Advocacy: We Tell The Story: Room 4188
  • Dealing with Rejection: Room 4185
  • Growing Awareness & Support for Your Program (Pt 2): Community Room
  • Treat Yourself and Your Troupe: Room 4186
  • True Colors: High School Library
1:30-2:15 p.m.Workshop 5
  • #SQUADGOALS: Room 4184
  • Advocacy: We Tell The Story: Room 4188
  • Dealing with Rejection: Room 4185
  • Growing Awareness & Support for Your Program (Pt 2): Community Room
  • Treat Yourself and Your Troupe: Room 4186
  • True Colors: High School Library
2:20-2:40 p.m.Area Meetings/Junior Thespian
  • Central and Southeast Areas: Schottenstein Theater
  • Jr. Thespians: Room 4188
  • North Area: Room 4186
  • Northeast Area: Room 4184
  • Northwest Area: Room 4185
  • Southwest Area: High School Library
2:45-3 p.m.Closing

Workshop Descriptions

#SQUADGOALS
Aliyah Evans and Molly Sanders: Northeast and Southwest Area STOs Have you been noticing that your troupe is falling apart and plans are constantly being cancelled? If so, we have the workshop for you! Come and learn the complete guide to a happy and organized troupe.

Advocacy: We Will Tell The Story
Katie Furchen: Advocacy Associate at the Educational Theatre Association In this workshop, we will dive into the possibilities of arts advocacy to bring forth change on a school, state, and national level. Let’s discover how your arts story can begin someone else’s!

Dealing with Rejection
Rosie Best: Artistic Director of Issue Box Theatre Rejection is a part of life we aren’t equipped to deal with, whether it be our own or someone elses. Sometimes a student will be attending this workshop because they “listen to others” who don’t deal well with not getting the part. Bravo to attendees for coming to this workshop with REJECTION in the title…that suggests you are interested in growing and changing, or that you are interested in helping your friends grow and change…

Growing Awareness and Support for Your Program
This workshop is for Troupe Directors and Adults, and covers workshops 3 through 5. David LaFleche: Director of Membership for the EdTA When you have an ITS troupe, you have an honor society that shines a spotlight on your entire program, your school, and your community. Maximize that impact with ideas from this workshop that you’ll be able to implement immediately. We’ll change the way you think about and create your show programs!

Treat Yourself and Your Troupe
Liam Michael Carr and John Harrington: Central and North Area STOs In this workshop you will learn how to take care of your body, voice, and emotions during a stressful show as well as how to keep your troupe healthy. #treatyoself

True Colors
Olivia Strang: Northwest Area STO Discover more about yourself as a leader and how to apply your individuality and personality to being a leader. We’ll be doing some team building work, and jamming to Cyndi Lauper, while learning more about how you can let your “True Colors” shine through in leadership

Updates from Your Statewide Arts Organizations
This workshop is for Troupe Directors and Adults, and covers workshops 1 and 2. Scott Wilson: Fine Arts Consultant, Ohio Department of Education Donna Collins: Executive Director, Ohio Arts Council Tim Katz: Executive Director, Ohio Alliance for Arts Education Learn about initiatives from ODE, grants and funding opportunities from the OAC and what can be done to advocate for the arts from OAAE.


Important Fall LEAD Conference Documents: