The 2nd Annual Centerstage: A Theater Workshop

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The 2nd Annual Centerstage: A Theater Workshop

A workshop for those interested in the show side and the business side of entertainment.


When and where

Date and time

Saturday, April 22 · 8am - 3pm EDT


Herron School of Art and Design 735 West New York Street Indianapolis, IN 46202

About this event

  • 7 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

Sponsored by the Africana Repertory Theatre of IUPUI, CENTERSTAGE is designed for a broad range of theater enthusiasts, from the novice to those pursuing careers in onstage production. CENTERSTAGE workshops will be led by a panel of experienced theater professionals, educators and practitioners who bring a wealth of diverse knowledge and skills. Sessions will run concurrently and will be repeated, allowing each participant to attend two of the topic areas addressed.

SPECIAL CENTERSTAGE 2023 KEYNOTE presented by Dr. Jackie Taylor, Founder and CEO of the 40-year-old Black Ensemble Theater of Chicago.

FEATURING a performance of the play "ONE" by Lanetta Kennedy!


1. THE SHOW. Playwriting and editing; directing; more effective and forceful acting. Methods for creating strong stories - conveyed with maximum impact on stage.

2. THE BUSINESS. Production development and setting timelines, budgeting, auditions, venue/box office concerns, fundraising, grant opportunities and marketing.

3. ACTING PLUS. Beyond conventional acting. Theatrical performances related to choreography, musical production and spoken word.

4. THE TECH. Exploration of techniques, technology and opportunities in lighting and sound, as well as video technology and special effects.

5. THE LOOK. The stage vision that accents the presentation. Artistic direction; set design and construction; props; make-up and costuming.

You may sign up for any two of the workshops. Registrants will receive separate emails about parking and other details. Stay updated at

Featuring a performance of the play "ONE" by Lanetta Kennedy!

"The shades of brown skin are beautiful no matter what, but what happens when the two shades go against one another? My new play title One will help you think …think…think…about team light skin or team dark skin..what does it all mean?" – Lanetta Kennedy


8:30 AM - 8:55 AM

Continental Breakfast/Registration

9:00 AM - 9:25 AM


9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

First-Round Workshops

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Second Round Workshops

12:00 PM - 12:55 PM

Live One-Act Play: “ONE” by Lanetta Kennedy

1:00 PM - 1:40 PM

Lunch and Keynote Speaker - Dr. Jackie Taylor CEO

1:45 PM - 1:55 PM

Award Presentation

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Closing Remarks

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