Theatre in Our Schools Month Event


Saturday, April 18, 2020

Check-In         7:30am-8:30am

Conference      8:30am-4:30pm

Optional Tour   4:30pm-5:00pm

A one-day conference for high school students (ideally freshmen, sophomores, and juniors) to deepen their skills in the art form, collaborate with students from other schools, and explore and experience theatre at James Madison University. The event includes: Keynote by Guest Artist, Hands-On Workshops Taught by JMU Faculty, High School Play Competition & Readings, and Tour of the Forbes Performing Arts Center.

Each school can bring up to 15 high school students and 1 teacher to the event. (Additional chaperones are welcome to attend, but teachers and students will be given priority seating at all-conference events. Breakout workshops are for students and teachers only.)  

After your school registers and pays, you will receive a packet of information about the upcoming Theatre in Our Schools Event at JMU. Your group can choose to purchase lunch vouchers (until April 8, 2020).

Any questions please contact Joshua Rashon Streeter at


Keynote - Cortney McEniry

Cortney McEniry

Cortney McEniry is an applied theatre facilitator and community-based artist. Her practice centers on facilitating agentive, asset-based artistic processes with and for communities, and her research focuses on grassroots practices in institutional settings. At the University of Virginia, Cortney is the inaugural Artistic Director and Program Manager of UVA Acts, an educational theatre program promoting equitable, vibrant spaces for working and learning. In this new role at UVA, she works closely with the Center for Teaching Excellence and with Faculty Development in the Provost’s Office to develop interactive theatre programs addressing climate issues in the areas of inclusive teaching and faculty development, recruitment, and retention.

In collaboration with the United States Embassy to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cortney is currently co-creating an arts-integrated disinformation prevention curriculum for high school students with accompanying professional development for educators. Her practice has been sharpened through collaboration with artists in a variety of contexts, including adults gaining literacy, young people experiencing confinement, educators in public schools, families experiencing housing insecurity, and community advocates who were formerly incarcerated. Cortney worked for three years with peer educators in the Voices Against Violence Theatre for Dialogue program, a nationally-recognized sexual violence prevention program at the University of Texas at Austin. 

Prior to joining the UVA community in 2018, Cortney was the Director of Community Engagement at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, where she produced the first national conference for community engagement practitioners in American regional theaters. In Greenville, SC, she co-founded Front Porch Arts Collective, a two-year initiative that hired over 50 local artists and commissioned over 20 new works centered on the multifaceted stories of the South. Her research and focus on youth agency guided her practice while leading the 2016 High School Intensive at McCarter Theatre Center and producing the Professional Training Institute for two seasons at Milwaukee Repertory Theater.

Cortney has had the privilege of teaching and learning from emerging community-based artists in several courses, including the Student Artists in Residence course at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Theatre for Dialogue course at The University of Texas at Austin. In 2016, she was a co-recipient of the Ann Shaw Fellowship to fund her thesis research in community-based youth theatre within regional theatre contexts. Her writing on community-engaged practices can be seen in publications such as Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, the Howlround BlogTYA TodayTheatre Topics and Youth Theatre Journal, and she has presented workshops and research at conferences including the American Alliance for Theatre & Education, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and the NYU Forum on Educational Theatre.

Cortney completed her B.A. in Theatre Studies at Furman University in South Carolina and her M.F.A. in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities from UT Austin. Hook ’em!

How to Register and Pay for the Conference

$95 Early Bird Registration ends February 15, 2020 or Until Full 
$145 All Conference Registration ends April 8, 2020 or Until Full

(If you can not attend, money will not be refunded.)

We have two options for registration and payment, through the JMU online payment system or by check through the mail. If sending a check please include your name, e-mail address, phone number, high school, and the number of student attending.

By Mail:                                                     Online:


Send to:
Joshua Rashon Streeter        
James Madison University
MSC 5601
Forbes Center for the Performing Arts
147 Warsaw Ave
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Please make checks payable to James Madison University  

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