Faculty Bio

Interlude Presenters Bio

Tim Van Ness

Tim Van Ness has been practicing Playback Theatre for almost thirty-five years. He founded three Playback companies in New England and also regularly consults with, trains, coaches, and guest performs for companies throughout the world. Van Ness is an accredited faculty member for the Centre for Playback Theatre and has taught programs for the School of Playback Theatre in the United Kingdom, the Skandinavisk Playbackteater Studio in Sweden, and the New York School of Playback Theatre. As consultant and coach, Van Ness uses theatre, storytelling, and action methods to help organizations live their values, develop their leaders, and nurture their culture. He also teaches for Inspiring Educators, a non-profit that provides leadership development for school leaders by helping them increase the success of students in underserved communities. A classically trained musician, singer-songwriter, and former music teacher in the Boston Public Schools, Van Ness has taught Playback to young people from various backgrounds including at-risk youth in western Massachusetts.

Tim Van Ness

's Core Class

Playback Theatre is an original form of theatrical improvisation in which people share their personal stories and watch them acted out. In this highly interactive workshop, participants will focus on Playback Theatre’s basic forms, theory, and background. How this method of improv can be used in classrooms, schools, and communities will also be explored.

Tim Van Ness

's Interludes

Theatre Connections - Tim Van Ness
Thursday

During this session, Tim Van Ness will be in his virtual classroom ready to answer specific questions and to provide one-on-one time with participants who desire additional information about theatre related issues or arts education concerns.

The Connected Leader: Storytelling
Wednesday

In this session, Tim Van Ness will start by introducing a theoretical model that can help anyone successfully achieve any goal. Participants will be led through a process that will help them identify and craft a brief personal story that can then be used as a leadership or teaching tool. The class will explore how Van Ness’s model can help in communicating personal stories in ways that positively impact an audience.

Theatre Connections - Tim Van Ness
Tuesday

During this session, Tim Van Ness will be in his virtual classroom ready to answer specific questions and to provide one-on-one time with participants who desire additional information about theatre related issues or arts education concerns.

The Connected Leader: Storytelling
Monday

In this session, Tim Van Ness will start by introducing a theoretical model that can help anyone successfully achieve any goal. Participants will be led through a process that will help them identify and craft a brief personal story that can then be used as a leadership or teaching tool. The class will explore how Van Ness’s model can help in communicating personal stories in ways that positively impact an audience.

3:45–4:15 PM
Tennessee Arts Academy

Belmont University / 1900 Belmont Blvd. / Nashville,TN 37212

Email: taa@belmont.edu / Phone: 615-460-5451

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