Smart Stage Parent Workshop

Saturday, October 7, 2017, 1:30–5:30 pm

For parents of young theatre professionals (Wintergreen Plaza location)

Your baby wants nothing more than to BE ON THE STAGE. As parents, we don’t know how to best help them achieve their goals, we worry they’ll starve (!!!), and what about college?(!!!)

This workshop has been created to provide parents with practical, solid advice to benefit their child and assist them in navigating the world of professional theater. Make no mistake, the arts world offers steady stress for kids: Auditions outnumber jobs; competition and rejection are facts of life, and there are spoken and unspoken parental expectations…

Spend the day with ATMTC – we’ll get you all squared away on how to be a smart stage parent: This special workshop will offer valuable insight, advice and tips from a professional panel including casting and collegiate professionals. Topics will include overcoming what is holding you back from getting seen by Casting Directors (it’s all about relationships), to get (or not to get) a manager & agent, to be (or not to be) equity, creating resumes and headshots that stand out (for the right reasons!), steering clear of scams, how to effectively handle rejection, and plenty of insider tips that will help you help your child follow their dreams of being a professional performer. For questions, or more information, please contact us at 301.251.5766.



Participant fee: $60 per adult.



Panel speakers include:

Brad Watkins (Casting Director) is a freelance acting coach, director, and consultant.  He most recently served as Vice President of Theatre Communications for theatreWashington.
Brad began his career as Associate Producer/Casting Director/Director for the Harlequin Dinner Theatre. His original revue Dear Mr. Ziegfeld toured the U.S. through Columbia Artist Theatricals.  Brad partnered in the launching and development of the international touring company Troika Entertainment and later consulted on the creation a new touring enterprise, Phoenix Entertainment.
Brad served nine years as Producing Director/Casting Director/Director for Olney Theatre Center, helping to expand the campus facilities and create an extensive intern program. His production of Caris’ Peace, a collaboration that explored an actress’ journey following brain injury, played the Flea Theatre in NY, was featured in the New York Times, and became the subject of an award-winning documentary.
Brad is a graduate of the University of Maryland, a former Catholic University National Player, and a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. He served four years as a judge for The Helen Hayes Awards and taught seven years of Sunday School at Unity of Gaithersburg.
When not at work, Brad lives quietly with his gardens in Damascus, MD.



Colin Hovde (Headshot Photographer) has been Producing Artistic Director of Theater Alliance since 2011, and was the Associate Artistic Director at Theater Alliance from 2005-06. He was a producer of Worldwide Arts Collective Festival 2004 in Macau, China. He has directed: Spark, The Wonderful World of Dissocia, In On It, How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found, and Hum (Theater Alliance), A Year With Frog and Toad (Imagination Stage), Stuart Little (Adventure Theater MTC), euphoria: something better is coming (Rustaveli Theatre, Tiblisi Georgia), Mary Stuart and House of Yes (Washington Shakespeare Company), Riding the Bull (Riot Actors of Washington) Dream Sailors, and Licked (Rorschach Theatre), Man of La Mancha (Washington Savoyards), Made in China (Solas Nua), Tape and The Last Five Years (Perseverance Theatre),Mozart’s Men (The InSeries). He was a Kenan Fellow at the Kennedy Center, a directing fellow at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, and received a Cultural Envoy grant from the Department of State. He holds a BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and is a member of SDC.


Leayne C. Dempsey (College Prep) has been a professional director and actor both regionally and internationally. She has performed at various theaters such as: Hanger Theater (The Piano Lesson) in New York, Olney Theatre Center (Little Shop of Horrors), Studio Theater (All That I Will Ever Be), John F. Kennedy Center (The Secret Lives of White House Pets),  and the African Continuum Theatre Company (Old Settler). Leayne has directed and choreographed a number of productions including In the Heights, Shrek, The Great Gatsby, HONK Jr., Annie Jr., The King and I Jr., Willy Wonka Jr, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, Guys and Dolls, and The Cat in the Hat. Recently, she directed a devised theatre piece entitled “Our Neverland,” at the Georgia Theatre Royal in Richmond, England. She also assistant directed the University of Maryland College Park’s world premiere production ofBaltimore. Leayne. is the President and a Co-founder of the Maryland Theatre Education Association, and currently sits on the Fine Arts Advisory Panel for the Maryland State Superintendent of Schools. For eight years, Leayne worked as an International Baccalaureate (IB) Theatre and English high school teacher for Montgomery County Public Schools. She has coached many students to admittance and full theatre scholarships to schools such as: Carnegie Mellon University, Penn State, Boston Conservatory, AMDA, University of Maryland College Park, UMBC, and Towson University. Leayne is studying expressive arts in mental health counseling and uses the arts to work with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, holding a B.A in Theatre, a B.A. in English, and a M.Ed focusing on curriculum and instruction.  Leayne is dedicated to bringing theatre to communities of all ages and using the arts as a way to inspire youth.


Monique Midgette (Broadway Performer) is a Maryland native, a produced playwright, and a veteran performer for over 25 years. In her long and varied career, she was an agent, a casting director and a producer. Her performing credits include the original Broadway productions of THE CIVIL WAR, MARIE CHRISTINE and SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL. She toured the U.S. with the Broadway production of THE LION KING, and was a principal in the original cast of Disney Cruise Line and Hong Kong Disneyland’s Festival of the Lion King. Other regional and touring credits include, DREAMGIRLS, AIN’T MISBEHAVIN, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and ONCE ON THIS ISLAND. Locally, Ms. Midgette’s favorite credits include THE WOMEN OF BREWSTER PLACE at Arena Stage (HELEN HAYES Nominee), CHILDREN OF EDEN at Ford’s Theatre, the world premiere of WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY at the Kennedy Center, BEEHIVE at Toby’s Theatre (HELEN HAYES Nominee) and the upcoming production of the WIZ at Ford’s Theatre.





In-a-Snap Headshots with Teresa Castracane Photography

Sunday, October 15, 2017
9:00–11:00 am and 6:00–8:00 pm, by appointment only


Have your student's headshot taken by Teresa Castracane for an additional fee. To learn more about Teresa's work, please click here.


Participant fee: $60. Once registered, the ATMTC Academy regisitrar will contact you to reserve your time slot.



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