Advanced Teacher Training Seminar

Storytelling, Coming of Age and the Business of Art

Advanced Teacher Training Seminar 2020
A virtual arts and learning experience

June 8-10, 2020

When our travel plans to New York were put on hold, the Muse team immediately began dreaming of a new way to bring you the highest quality arts professional development adapted for our current moment.

ATTS Event Website ATTS Participant Guide

The digital medium offers a unique opportunity to explore world-class performances across history. This summer we will celebrate the careers of three remarkable artists: Stephen Sondheim, who turned 90 this year and whose legacy practically ‘sings’ for itself; the extraordinary actress Zoe Caldwell; and Sir Peter Shaffer, the playwright behind Amadeus and a great friend of Muse Machine. Our eight selected performances include:

Into the Woods
Red, about the life of Mark Rothko
Sunday in the Park with George
Sweeney Todd
Tosca, from The Met Opera
Present Laughter

Participants can access the performance recordings through the event website and are asked to watch them in the weeks leading up to the seminar. Seminar materials include critical-thinking prompts to reflect on how your experiences can be used in blended learning experiences for your students.

Live workshops featuring guest lecturers Bob Lear and John Sheehan will take place on Zoom throughout each day on June 8-10. Each lecture will inspire deeper appreciation for the arts, invigorate your creativity and encourage adaptations to your classroom. Special interviews with guest artists will further enrich your understanding of the selected performances and their creators. And just like when the event takes place in New York, you will get to interact with your peers in a rich learning environment.

The seminar is offered free of charge.

To be afforded the opportunities we are given to bring so much art, culture and connectivity back to our students; to be able to help our students understand the intricate relationships between the arts, their lives, society, history and their learning has been one of the greatest joys of my professional life.

Kristy Hurst Teacher


The Suzy Bassani Advanced Teacher Training Seminar Endowment generates operating revenue for Muse Machine’s Advanced Teacher Training Seminar in New York City. During this immersive arts experience, teachers attend a diverse array of world-renowned theatre, dance, music, opera and visual art. They also attend workshops and seminars with remarkable producers, directors, artists, designers, costumers and arts administrators from that city’s leading arts organizations. The seminar allows time to interact and collaborate with peers in an exciting and invigorating arts environment that leads to unique and progressive teaching ideas.

For more information or to support, click here.

Contributors to the Suzy Bassani Advanced Teacher Training Seminar Endowment

Jane & Bob Alter
Wayne & Kathleen Anderson
Albert Asebrook
Suzy & Pino Bassani
Tara Knopp
Cassie & Timothy Barlow
Pino & Suzy Bassani
Michael & Linda Bergman
David E. Berry
Doug & Elizabeth Betz
Mike & Linda Brown
Rosalie Catalano & Paul Ginsburg
Betsy & Brad Clapp
Tom & Cindy Clark
Jane Collins & John Gummel
Julie Davis
Lorna G. Dawes
Mark & Marilyn Dues
Janet Ferguson
Pat Ferguson
Mike Geer
Patti Giering
Dr. & Mrs. Robert Goldenberg
Jane Haley
Houser Asphalt & Concrete, Inc.
Sam & Judy Hudson

John & Pamela Jacobs
Sandra J. Kachurek
Donna King
Sarah Kunesh
C. Thomas & Melinda Lurz
Liz Maxson
Steven & Kathleen McCrillis
Thom & Penni Meyer
Bob & Therese Miller
Frank Petrie
Mary Quinlan
Zakiya Robinson
Dr. & Mrs. Kent K. Scholl
Doug & Sharon Scholz
Ewald & Nancy Schulte
Deron Schwieterman
Martha & Dale Shields
Molly & Scott Spears
Jim & Becky Suhr
Juliann Vann
Amy Wagner
Bill & Carolyn Wheeler
Merle Wilberding & Susan Elliott
Tina & Dennis Wolf
Lynn Wurzelbacher
Mary Campbell Zopf