Bloomington's Professional Theater Company

Bloomington's Professional Theater Company

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411 E 7th St
Bloomington, IN 47408
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Workshop Series

Theatrical Teaching in a Digital World

Free Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

Cardinal Stage presents a workshop series on Theatrical Teaching. This 3-part series connects the broad values of theater to educational approaches and is designed for primary and secondary educators of ALL disciplines.

Student engagement in the classroom is a perennial challenge for teachers, and this school year the task is so much harder.  Teachers are faced with keeping students actively engaged in socially distanced classrooms or in virtual/distance learning settings. In this unprecedented learning environment every classroom teacher needs ideas that will motivate and excite students.  Theatrical teaching is a set of skills and practices that will help improve engagement and motivate students.

Theatrical teaching brings the values and craft of theater performance to classroom teaching. Enhancing your instruction with these techniques can bring a new perspective to content and student participation. Theatrical teaching enhances lessons, brings fresh dynamics to the classroom and allows students to explore traditional content in exciting new ways. Theatrical teaching creates an environment for academic, social and emotional growth in students of all ages. 

Workshop participants will learn from colleagues in the field who use theatrical techniques and apply theatrical teaching ideas to their own practice. Active engagement, collegiality and peer sharing are at the heart of each session. Participants will leave each session with new ideas and strategies that they can implement in their classroom – whether online or in person.

Our first workshop is on October 24th, 10:30am – 12:00pm via Zoom! Registration closes Thursday 10/22 at 10am.


  • This workshop series is free for all educators! Enrollment in all three sessions is encouraged. 
  • Professional Growth Points available. (1.5 hours per workshop)
  • This is an interactive workshop and all attendees will need a computer with a camera and microphone to participate fully.
  • Cardinal Stage will be conducting participant surveys throughout the workshop series to get feedback and measure impact of this program.


Workshop #1, Imagination: October 24, 10:30am-12:00pm (Eastern) – Click HERE to register now! Registration closes Thursday 10/22 at 10am

Workshop # 2, Collaboration: January 2021

Workshop #3, Investigation:  April 2021

October Workshop Presenters

  • Chris Bultman – Educator, The Project School (Bloomington, IN)
  • Mike Demana – Educator, Olentangy Schools (Lewis Center, OH)
  • Kate Galvin – Artistic Director, Cardinal Stage (Bloomington, IN)
  • Jim Jeske – Actor/Children’s Librarian, San Francisco Public Library (San Francisco, CA)
  • Jim Morrison – Educator, The Project School (Bloomington, IN)
  • Francesca Sobrer – Actor/Teaching Artist (Bloomington, IN)
  • Cindy Stark – Mentor Teacher, Brown County School District (Nashville, IN)
  • Dr. Gustave Weltsek – Assistant Professor, Indiana University School of Education (Bloomington, IN)


Supported in part by the Innovation & Exploration Fund, a program of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre.

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