Sparking Inspiration in 2021: Learning Experiences that Engage and Motivate Learners

May 13 & 14, 2021

Term Chair Support of the Playhouse Institute Theatre Educators’ Conference generously provided by

Michael and Alison Dalewitz

Bucks County Playhouse Institute presents a 2-day workshop led by the DKDK Project

Understandably teachers feel overwhelmed by the challenges this year presents. As teachers move from in-person teaching to remote and hybrid models (and back and forth between all three), many are reconsidering what “works.” This workshop, facilitated by Erica Chapman and David Dunbar of the DKDK Project, invites participants to consider the role student engagement and motivation play in deep learning. Over the course of four sessions, this workshop will reframe teaching in 2021 as an opportunity to design learning experiences that inspire students to take ownership over their own learning. Participants will collaborate with educators from a variety of schools to consider where engagement and motivation come from and how they are linked to deep, transformational student learning experiences.

Playhouse Institute Conferences for Educators

Learn Skills and Techniques You Can Apply to Your Teaching and School Productions Right Away . . .

Taught by award-winning professional theater artists currently working on Broadway and at some of the best regional theaters in the country. Playhouse Institute Conferences for Educators offer 1 and 3 day workshops, master classes, performances and panel discussions. Playhouse Institute Conferences are designed to inspire teachers and directors of middle school, high school and college theater with innovative teaching methods, production skills and an opportunity to connect with peers and Playhouse artists.

Playhouse Institute is an Act 48 approved provider for continuing education training.


Meet Our Professional Theater Artists


Bruce Barnes

Walter Bobbie

Jeff Croiter

Mike Donahue

Josh Fiedler

Hunter Foster

Alexander Fraser

Penny Fuller

Matthew Given

Robyn Goodman

Gordon Greenberg

Alison Hassman

Sheryl Kaller

Anna Louizos

Michaela Murphy

Jeffery Rudell

William Shuler

Patrice Soriero

Brian Strachan

John Tartaglia

Lou Volpe

Kate Wetherhead

Playhouse Institute Advisory Council

Lou Volpe (Retired Drama Teacher, Harry S. Truman High School, PA)
Cory Wilkerson, EdTA (Educational Theater Association) (Home of the International Thespian Society)
Julie Ellen Prusinowski (Former Director, NJ State Council on the Arts)
Larry Capo (Former President and CEO, Young Audiences of NJ)
Jason Harris (Superintendent of Schools, Morrisville, PA)
Gina Chiolan (Drama Teacher, Neshaminy High School)
Marlene Thornton (Drama Teacher, Springfield Township High School)
Mark Zortman (PA Thespian Society Chapter Director)
Bill Harner (Superintendent, Quakertown Schools)
Clinton Ambs (Drama Teacher, Delaware Valley High School)
Andrea Rooney (Drama Teacher, North Penn High School and President of PA Thespian Society)
Christopher Nagy (Superintendent Burlington County Schools, NJ)
Sam Lee (Superintendent Bensalem School District, PA)
Debbie Thompson (Drama Teacher, Upper Dublin High School)

Thank you to Michael and Alison Dalewitz, Happy and Sam Shipley, David R. McShane, and Jeffrey Seller for their generous support of the 2019 Playhouse Institute Conferences for Educators.