“The Last Frontier Theatre Conference strives to create an educational experience for playwrights, actors, directors, and theatre enthusiasts that enriches participants’ minds and inspires their souls.”
— Last Frontier Theater Conference Mission, by Dawson Moore
This year’s Last Frontier Theatre Conference will be held June 8-14 in Valdez, Alaska, and it promises to be another great event, filled with workshops, performances, and other activities. Approximately two-hundred participants are anticipated this year, attending from as far away as Australia.
The Play Lab, the heart and soul of the Conference, features 45 plays by writers from across the country, including 8 by Alaskans. They were culled from 397 submissions, the record for most ever in the history of the event. For a full list of playwrights and where they are coming, from, go http://www.theatreconference.org/play-lab/accepted-plays/.
An excellent collection of Featured Artists are committed to participate as respondents and teachers. New this year are nationally renowned playwright Eric Coble, director Elena Araoz, and Broadway designer Justin Townsend. Go http://www.theatreconference.org/current-conference/featured-artists/ for a full list of who will be teaching and responding to work in the Play Lab this year.
There is an increased emphasis on classes for actors this year. The Monologue Workshop, where participants get to work with professional LA actor/teachers Laura Gardner and Frank Collison, is entering its sixth year. Actors work use monologues provided by Play Lab playwrights; a collection of the material from the first four years was published by Focus Publishing last year. Other classes include a three-day improv workshop with Scared Scriptless’ Jason Martin, Basic Unarmed Combat Techniques with Alaska theatre icon Michael Hood, and Acting Shakespeare, where participants will have the opportunity to work with Fairbanks Shakespeare’s founding Artistic Director, Bruce Rogers.
Many other exciting classes are planned for this year. Playwriting classes include “Choice and Consequence: Alternative History” with Sherry Kramer, “Gone in 60 Seconds” with Craig Pospisil, and “Playwriting Right Away” with Cassandra Medley. In total, sixteen classes are planned. Go here for the full Conference schedule.
There are six evenings of live theatre this year, starting with the college’s production of Eric Coble’s comedy Bright Ideas on June 7. Shows are at 8:00, and tickets are only ten dollars. For a full description of shows, including what age they are appropriate for, go http://www.theatreconference.org/current-conference/info-for-participants/evening-performances/.
Full registration for the event is only $50. For more information on the Theatre Conference, call 907-834-1614 or e-mail email@example.com.