Add Your Voice to the Future of Theatre
We invite you to explore the many ways that theatre journalists respond to theatrical productions. This group of students
About the Institute
If you join the Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy (ITJA) you will participate in a series of seminars focusing on the transitional nature of theatre criticism in our technological world. A professional theatre critic will lead the workshops and mentor you with input from the ITJA Coordinator. The types of topics included in the institute are the professional life of the critic, online criticism, issues in criticism and strategies for finding employment in this competitive field or starting your own blog!!
If you commit to participating in ITJA, you will attend up to three productions that have been invited to the festival. You will write critiques or responses about the assigned shows. Reviews must be written for an audience that includes the general readership of the festival attendees. The approximate length of the reviews will be around 500 words or may vary. You will be given strategies that assist you in your development as critics/journalists. The seminar schedule will be in place prior to the festival and the deadlines and process to be followed during the festival will be announced at the first seminar in Madison.
At the awards ceremony, one participant will be honored and will receive a cash award
The daily ITJA workshops during the 2019 festival will be hosted by Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy Regional Coordinator, Jane Purse-Wiedenhoeft who has been active in KCACTF as an Irene Ryan Judge, Selection Committee Member, a Ten-Minute Play reader/panelist, a reader for the Undergraduate Theatre Scholar Award and a workshop leader. She is the Chair of the Theatre Department at
The Theatre Institute of Journalism and Advocacy
There is no entry fee, but entry is limited to the first FOURTEEN students who register. The registration requirements for this group are minimal but must be completed in a timely manner.
ITJA does not conflict with the preliminary rounds of the Irene Ryan Auditions. You need a laptop computer or surface for the seminars. If this presents a problem, notify the ITJA Regional Coordinator IN ADVANCE and an attempt will be made to assist you. If you have any questions about these procedures, feel free to contact the Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy Regional Coordinator, Jane Purse-Wiedenhoeft at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy Coordinator
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Arts and Communication
800 Algoma Boulevard
Oshkosh, WI 54901-8657