Staging Your Future

Free Workshops and Production!

UCA Theatre faculty, staff, and college students come together to welcome high school (grades 9-12) students, potential college transfer students, and teachers* from across the state during Staging Your Future. Guests get to attend two workshops and watch a UCA Theatre production.

*All of our workshops are approved for professional development credit.

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Bridges/Larson Theatre, Snow Fine Arts Center

Saturday, October 28, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Registration ends on Friday, October 20.


 Select registration preference:

Individual Registration             Group Registration


Registration is free, and lunch will be provided to all participants. Students will attend two workshops each. Participants have the option of watching a UCA Theatre performance titled “Shadows Where We Live” an original work by UCA Theatre Students, directed by Dr. Kevin T. Browne.  

This production is not for everybody as it contains some controversial and mature material.

2017 Workshops:

This year workshops will be assigned at check-in on October 28. 


Participants will be introduced to the basic expectations of an audition. Topics will include monologue selection, attire, headshots and resume, preparation, and presentation. There will be a demonstration of effective auditions by current UCA students.

Basic Knot Tying

Knots can be intimidating.  Basic knot tying teaches the participants how to tie various knots commonly used in rigging for the theatre.  Students will learn how to tie a clove hitch, half hitch, figure eight, and a bowline knot. This workshop will give students a chance to get hands on practice tying knots under the guidance of an expert.

How to Be a Playwright

How To Be a Playwright will explain and explore the elements of effective storytelling and how to apply them to live theatre.  We will look at successful examples of dramatic text and start digging into crafting our own scripts.

Improv Comedy

Improvised Comedy is the art of creating theatre on the spot without a script. This workshop encourages risk, spontaneity, active listening, and teamwork. Experience how saying “yes and” creates engagement and community!

Musical Theatre

This workshop will be an introduction to the skills and training required for a good musical theatre performance. Students will look at an analysis of song lyrics, acting techniques for song interpretation, the vocabulary of the field, audition techniques, and believing musical theatre characters.

Physical Theatre

Physical theatre is a form of theatre that uses the actor’s body to tell stories in a unique way.  While other forms place emphasis on spoken text, physical theatre challenges actors to get creative with how we convey meaning.  By playing with shape, movement, and tableau, we’ll create a short piece of physical theatre during our workshop.

Shakespeare Theatre

This is a fun on-your-feet introduction to the art of performing Shakespeare, led by the Producing Artistic Director of the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Rebekah Scallet. Participants will learn techniques for speaking verse and using the voice to interpret Shakespeare’s beautiful language for an audience. Click here to learn more about the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre.

Stage Combat

This workshop will explore the basic hand-to-hand combat for the stage covering topics such as slaps and falls. The emphasis will be on learning proper techniques to safely implement some basic stage combat moves.

Wig Basics

Wigs can be an integral part of a costume design for the theatre. Part 1: Learn about the different types, tools, styling and setting methods, and maintenance of wigs, as well as how to properly wear and secure a wig. Part 2: Learn the basics of setting and styling your wig. In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of wig maintenance and care.  This is a great workshop for designers and actors alike.


Original work by UCA Theatre Students

Directed by Dr. Kevin T. Browne

This production contains some controversial and mature material.

This is an original theatrical work that will be developed with the collaboration of the actors and director in response to the current national political, social, and/or economic events. The production will be created through a process of research, interviews, and improvisation.


University of Central Arkansas
Snow Fine Arts, Room 230
201 Donaghey 
Conway, Arkansas 72035

 Snow Fine Arts Center is located at the heart of the UCA campus. Parking is located within walking distance of the theatre. A covered awning drive-up is in the front of the facility and handicapped ramp access is at the rear of the theatre. Please allow for ample time for parking.

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We look forward to helping you stage your future!

Please contact Melissa Pearson at for more information or questions about our program.