Professional Development

Join us for a series of online workshops for early childhood educators and Theatre and Dance for the Very Young practitioners!


These workshops are built in collaboration with Amanda Pintore, Kerfuffle, and the Theatre and Dance for the Very Young Conference. 


Each workshop costs $10 and will take place on Zoom (live only, no recordings). A Zoom link will be emailed to participants one week prior to each workshop date (please be sure to check the time zone difference prior to registering). Stay tuned for our winter/spring workshop lineup!


Questions? Email Amanda Pintore at

Upcoming Events:

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Grantwriting for Early Childhood Education & TDVY Performance


Thursday October 20th, 7:30-8:30pm CDT

Facilitated by Jackie Hedeman


Grants only have to be dry if you want them to be! In this workshop, we'll discuss how to communicate your story (in both narrative and budget) to different grantors, how to be succinct and specific, and above all how to make an ask within a very specific formula while still conveying what makes your project interesting. There will be ample time for Q&A, so come ready with questions!

About the Facilitator:

Jackie Hedeman (she/her) is the grant writer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City. Prior to that, she was the grant writer at the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, KS, where she continues to teach creative writing. Previously, Jackie worked in development at the Carole Robertson Center for Learning in Chicago. Jackie holds a BA from Princeton University in English Literature and an MFA in Creative Writing from The Ohio State University. Her writing has appeared in Autostraddle, Electric Literature, Fugue, The Offing, and elsewhere. She is a monthly contributor for Epiphany literary journal and is the co-creator of The Pasithea Powder, an audio drama.

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Lesson Plan & Curriculum Scaffolding in the ECE Classroom (Dance and Theatre)

Thursday November 17th, 7:30-8:30pm CDT


Facilitated by Amanda Pintore

Are you a theatre or dance teaching artist working in early childhood classrooms? An early childhood educator integrating theatre and dance into your class time? Either way, this workshop is for you! Join us and explore creative strategies for scaffolding singular lesson plans, as well as overarching theatre and dance based curriculum for this age range. There will also be time for Q&A towards your specific goals!

About the Facilitator:

Amanda Pintore (she/her) is a director, choreographer, and educator focusing on movement and dance education, devised theatre, and making theatre and dance performances with and for 0-6 year olds. She also specializes in arts integration, creative facilitation strategies, and training in teaching artistry. She is an Assistant Professor in Theatre for Youth and Community and Acting at Arizona State University. She also serves as the founder and chair of the Theatre and Dance for the Very Conference (2022, 2024). She has an MFA in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University.  

Register for workshops here!