Category Archives: Workshop

Technical Theater Workshop

A Day for Theater Makers — Theater Tech Workshop

Saturday, April 6, 2019

10AM to 4PM

NWMAC Office Conference Room

109 S Minnesota Street, Warren MN

Put this on your calendar!

This is a day for theater makers in our region to get together, gain some knowledge, share some knowledge, and meet others with the same goal:  producing quality theater. Cost is $15, which includes the training, materials, and lunch. To register go to EventBrite here or call our front desk at 218-745-6733.

Sessions will include:

  • Set Design and Building
  • Costumes and Wigs
  • Props, Masks and Puppets
  • Social Media/Online ticket sales/Credit Card Acceptance
  • And More—we will be adding other topics, so stay tuned

Who is this workshop intended for?

  • Directors: Learn some tech basics and—perhaps more importantly–how to dialogue with others to create a comprehensive production.
  • Board members: gain insight into the world of “what’s going on behind the scenes.” Also, easy and inexpensive ways to manage staff and volunteers, box office and publicity.  
  • Set Builders and those who would like to become Set Builders:  innovative and practical ways to create theater within a limited budget.
  • Costumers: How to create a costume plot, measure, local area and internet resources, storing and organizing inventory.
  • Volunteers of every aspect of theater:  those who want to step into this world but lack knowledge and confidence.
  • Young/old/seasoned veterans/newcomers:  there will be time to ask questions, give answers and get to know others in our region.

Presenters for the workshop include Philip Hoks, Jane Anderson and Andrea Thibert. 

Tentative schedule includes:

10:00   Welcome, Introductions  at high school
10:30   Set Design and Construction  by Philip Hoks at high school
Noon    Lunch at NWMAC offices
12:45   Costumes and Wigs  by Andrea Thibert and Jane Anderson
2:00    Break:  Coffee, Soda, Snacks
2:15    Props, Masks and Puppets by Philip Hoks
3:15    Misc Topics:  Square, Online Ticket Sales, Remind, Q&A
4:00    Wrap Up
After:  Optional get together to continue the conversation 

Springboard Work of Art Training

Business Skills for Artists

Springboard’s Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists is a professional development curriculum designed to teach business skills to artists in all disciplines — visual, performing and literary arts. The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is offering this training right here in our region. Take advantage of this opportunity and register today! Attend as many sessions as you choose.

Ten workshop sessions will be offered over three weekends at our office in Warren. Springboard for the Arts well trained staff from Fergus Falls will lead most of the workshops. Learn valuable business skills that will move your artistic business to a new level. 

  • Friday, Feb 15, 6 to 8:30PM Career Planning: Session 1 & Intro to the series 
  • Saturday, Feb 16, 9AM to 3:30PM Portfolio Kit, lunch then Record Keeping
  • Friday, March 8, 6 to 8:30PM Pricing
  • Saturday, March 9, 9AM to 3:30PM Social Media/Marketing, lunch then Legal Considerations 
  • Saturday, April 13, 9AM – 3:30PM Funding, Grant writing, & Business Plan Essentials

Sessions will take place at the NWMAC Office Conference Room 109 S Minnesota St, Warren

For $30.00 participants can choose to attend as many workshops as you’d like up to all ten workshops. Even if participants can only attend one workshop the cost is still $30.00 because that covers the cost of receiving a $20 workbook plus food.

This will be a fun informative class with networking around pizza suppers on Friday nights and soup/sandwich lunch on Saturdays. Food is part of your registration! The more workshops you attend the more value you receive. This workshop series costs over $200 if participants were to attend the sessions in the Twin Cities or other parts of our state. Funding from The McKnight Foundation to the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is greatly reducing the cost of these workshops!

You must register at Eventbrite here or by calling our front desk at 218-745-6733. Contact us with questions at director@nwartscouncil.org or 218-745-9111.

Grant Info Session

The January 15 deadline for Individual Artist grants for $1,500 is coming soon!

Are you overwhelmed with the grant writing process and don’t even know how to begin?

We can help!

We offer workshops for people who have questions related to our on-line system, grant applications, grant management once they get a grant, and final reporting.  Our Executive Director Mara Hanel covers all aspects of the grant process. You will find that it is really helpful to attend.  The first ½ hour relates to the deadlines coming up.  The second ½ hour relates to the system and questions on grants management and reporting.  We offer webinars and a few in-person meetings at our office.  Don’t let your fear or inexperience with grants stop you from applying.  Let us know if you are interested by emailing mara@nwrdc.org or call 218-745-9111.

Upcoming grants workshop:

Monday, January 7 at 3:00 PM at our office.  

You Must RSVP! Let us know if you will attend. Have a conflict? Give Mara a call and she can assist you.

Minnesota Theater Alliance Conference

October 14-16, 2018

“Connection and Reflection”

BugBee Hive Retreat Center | Paynesville, MN

Join the Minnesota Theater Alliance for an unforgettable weekend of connection and reflection with theater makers, movers, and shakers from all across the state. Conversations suited for all areas of theater, as well as theaters of all types and sizes. (Individual artists and administrators, too)

Invite your fellow artists and administrators, Board members, co-workers, and other. Discounted rates available for MTA Members, as well as member groups that would like to share a room.

The presenters for the 2018 Plenary Session – My Minnesota Theater: Stories from the Field. Join their session on October 15, 2018 to learn more about the incredible performing arts work happening all over the state!

Jeni O’Malley | Costume Design
Benjamin Domask | The Curiosita
AnaSofía Villanueva | ALMA
Sue Hennessy, Jane Gellner, Yvonne Block | Grand Marais Playhouse
Robert Lee | Duluth Playhouse
Marcela Michelle-Mobama, Kat Purcell | Lightning Rod
Eric Lee | Commonweal TheaterCheck out the amazing line up of Keynote Speakers and Workshop Presenters

Register today!
FINAL REGISTRATION DEADLINE: September 28, 2018

For more info and to register visit here