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The Kennedy Center Hosts National Seminar for Teaching Artists

General Information

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is offering a hands-on National Seminar for teaching artists interested in improving their practice. The National Seminar will be presented August 11-13, 2015 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The Seminar will be composed of two sessions: Mapping the Journey: Planning Effective Residencies for Students and Anatomy of a Lesson: Designing Instruction. The format includes presentations, activities, example lessons, and discussions. Participating artists will be supported by three months of follow-up consultation with a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist.

About the Seminar Leaders

  • Sean Layne

    Sean Layne is the founder of Focus 5 Inc, a national arts education consulting company. Sean has worked for 25 years acting, directing, leading residencies for students K-8, presenting workshops for teachers, and designing training seminars for teaching artists nationwide for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He is also an Arts Coach for the Kennedy Center's Changing Education Through the Arts program.

  • Lynne Silverstein has over 30 years of experience in arts education. She works as a senior program consultant to Education at the Kennedy Center, co-designing the Kennedy Center's Seminars for teaching artists; creating film, print, and online arts education resources; developing over 100 study guides for performances; and leading workshops for educators and seminars for artists. Education: BFA in visual arts and an MA in curriculum and instruction.


Rooms are held at the River Inn hotel; a 7-minute walk to the Kennedy Center.


The registration fee is $350 per person and does not include travel or lodging. Breakfast and lunch are included.

How to Apply

The application for the 2015 National Seminar is now available here. The application deadline is May 29, 2015. All details regarding fees, travel, hotel, and agenda can be found on the application website.


If you have any questions, please contact Cecily Hart at (202) 416-8843 or

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  • National Seminar for Teaching Artists
    Location: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    Dates: August 11-13, 2015