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Professional Development

Join us for the first LA Thespians Theatre Teacher Professional Development

March 21, 2020 

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

$30 EdTA Members 

$35 Non-EdTA Members

McKinley Middle McKinley Middle Academic Magnet Visual and Performing Arts 1550 Eddie Robinson, Sr. Drive Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Professional Development for Teachers Including master classes from area professionals and educators:

Meredith Dieth Long

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Meredith Long (Dieth)  is a graduate of the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. She lived in New York City until 2004 and has performed off Broadway, in national tours, on cruise ships, and in various regional theatres around the country.  Her past credits include:  Ruthless, where she won the Big Easy Award for Best Actress.  Meredith also portrayed “Cha Cha” in the national tour of Grease with Frankie Avalon and Chubby Checker, “Ethel Toffelmier” in The Music Man with Tony Award Winners, Gary Beech and Terrence Mann. She also worked for The Disney Cruise Line and numerous regional and touring companies.  Meredith continues to perform, direct, and study throughout the greater New Orleans area.. She is currently the Director of Performing Arts at St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Metairie.  She is also a proud member of Actors' Equity and is involved with the local theatre committee

Session 1: Spolin in the Classroom- Viola Spolin’s games and techniques are useful for teaching all disciplines, and can help teachers of all disciplines integrate dynamic teaching techniques into their classrooms.


Session 2: Hands On Lighting for Theatre Teachers -Learn how to be your own lighting designer and explore lighting techniques on a budget.

Marcus Stanley

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Marcus has been a Lighting Designer and Master Electrician based out of New Orleans for over a decade. Most of his recent work has been involved with live sports broadcasts, music festivals, large convention booths and other around the country. Recent notable works include NBA Finals - NBA TV on court coverage (2015-2019), Super Bowl - NFL Experience/NFL Honors (2014-2020), “Ragtime” (2016), “The Cradle will Rock” (2015),  and “The Dirt” - Film (2018). Marcus has also served as Technical Director for “Silent Sky” which was selected to be performed at the 2018 International Thespian Festival. He is the owner of SM Entertainment Consulting which provides technical design and consulting services to clients both in the New Orleans and national markets. 

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