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This is the show where where Theatre teachers and professionals share their passion for Theatre trends, share practical advice and tips, and ask questions of some of Theatre's most innovative collaborators.  

TheatreCast #86| Jeffery Heil: Shares about fostering Student Choice, Voice and Agency

Nick Cusumano

Join Nick Cusumano and Danielle Filas live from EdTechTeam's Illinois Summit featuring Google for Education with keynote speaker Jeffery Heil. Jeffery shares how to foster student choice, voice and agency with your students.  Jeffery explains how he used student video projects to helps his students find their voice and agency while working as a teacher Toussaint Academy of the Arts and Sciences. 

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TheatreCast #84- Donna Lynne Champlin-Tour-De-Force Broadway Actress and Regular on the CW's "My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Nick Cusumano

Join Nick Cusumano as he welcomes Donna Lynne Champlin, a tour-de-force Broadway actress, and regular on the CW's "My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend."  Find out how Donna Lynne has transitioned from New York to Los Angeles having just finished her first season on The CW's innovative musical TV show "My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"   Donna Lynne shares about her accomplished career as Broadway actress working with Theatre greats such as: Carol Burnett, Hal Prince, Patti LuPone, Blair Brown, Emily Skinner,  and so many more.  

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TheatreCast #83|Tara DeFrancisco- Master of All Improv

Nick Cusumano

Join Nick Cusumano and Danielle Filas as the welcome Tara DeFrancisco, master extraordinaire of all thing Improv. Tara will share the her adventures of life on the Improv stage ,touring the world with HERE the improvised musical, teaching, her new television show on LOGO, opening an Theatre and so much more.  

TARA DEFRANCISCO is a headlining performer at iO Chicago (on the Deltones, Chaos Theory, Armando, defrancisCo), known as a decorated vet of ComedySportz Chicago (Mainstage), and four years of performing for The Second City. She's taught for those theatres and independently, both at home and internationally. She is also the founder and president of The Improv Retreat (, the acclaimed and beloved summer camp for adult improvisers in the midwest. She is known well worldwide for her open run weekly residency of HERE (two person longform improvised musical, performed with immensely talented partner, Rance Rizzutto), constantly touring - 40 cities and counting, including 13 countries in Europe, Scandinavia, and more. Tara has won numerous awards, including Top Performer in Chicago from New City, Funniest Person in Chicago by the Free Press, Top 25 Of Comedy in the US by Curve Magazine, as Chicago Tribune Show of the Season for the long running renegade feat defrancisCo, and now Tribune's top-rated improv show in the city, HERE. Media-wise, you might see her in a Las Vegas commercial campaign, on Delusions of Grandeur (ABC Family/Blip TV), in the new feature film The Life & Death of an Unhappily Married Man (2015), in several projects filmed for the famously satirical newspaper, The Onion, or on LOGO Television's new show, Gay Skit Happens. She is delighted by life almost always, and loves that her work is all play.

TheatreCast #82|BreakoutEDU A chat with founder James Sanders

Nick Cusumano


Join Nick Cusumano and Danielle Filas as they welcome James Sanders founder of BreakoutEDU.  Breakout EDU creates ultra-engaging learning games for people of all ages. Games (Breakouts) teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve

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TheatreCast #81| Rushton Hurley: Facilitating Student Created Videos

Nick Cusumano

Join Nick Cusumano and Danielle Filas as they welcome Rushton Hurley.  Rushton will discuss ways of getting the creative best out of students. He will share about NextVista's eduvideo and service video contests, and its English Language video library project.  

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TheatreCast #80| DramaClubStl-Theatre Class for Kids on the Autism Spectrum

Nick Cusumano

Join Nick Cusumano and Danielle Filas as they welcome returning guest Matthew R. Kerns and Meghan Shook-McCarthy, founders of The DramaClubStl.  The DramaClubStl offer a variety of theatre classes for children and youth include DramaClubStl- Discovering the Magic of Theatre -Theatre Class for Kids on the Autism Spectrum.  Matthew and Meghan will share their experiences of creating theatre with their students.

TheatreCast #79|The Force Awakens With Jedi Adam Watson: Star Wars in the Classroom

Nick Cusumano

Join Nick Cusumano and Danielle Filas as they welcome Jedi Adam Watson, a digital learning coordinator, who contributes resources to website and who is experienced playwright and director. Adam will share how you use Star Wars in his classroom while studying Shakespeare.  Adam will also discuss his experiences in Theatre as playwright and director.

Adam's Shakespearean Star Wars Unit (short url for sharing:



District webpage:

Adam's Writing

a book of 3 plays

an operetta

Part 1 of “Occasional Poisonings in the Kitchen”:

How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise

Shameless plug from Danielle:

Send encouragement to my middle schoolers (90 of them!) who are participating in YWP NaNoWriMo and are writing novels in the month of November (pledged 8000-30000 words!) Or tweet with hashtag #nanoninjas