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12th Annual
TexasLAFS Conference
May 7, 8 & 9, 2018


Conference Location:

Lewisville MCL Grand Theater
100 N. Charles St
Lewisville, TX 75067

Registration - $300 per person, includes membership dues to Just For LAFS, Conference Registration and Conference Meals.

Conference Hotel:

Homewood Suites
700 Hebron Parkway
Lewisville, TX
(972) 315-6123   $93.00 per night (or the prevailing government rate) tax

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For more info, contact:

 Who Should Attend?

  • Newly established groups to veteran groups
  • Life Safety Educators
  • Public Safety Personnel
  • Training Officers
  • Sound Technicians
  • Public Information Specialists
  • Support Personnel
  • Those interested in developing effective safety education programs

Bring your puppets, costumes, makeup and props for a hands-on experience that will hone your characterization skills.


Featured Instructors To Be Announced Soon

Classes Offered:

  • Improv
  • Costuming
  • Makeup - Face Design
  • Intro to Sound Systems and a full track for Sound Techs
  • Software for Safety Shows
  • Working With Kids
  • Clowning Outside the Program
  • Song Writing
  • Story Telling
  • Marketing your Program
  • History of Clowning 
  • Props
  • Staging
  • Backdrops


  • Does TexasLAFS accept POs? - Yes, Please email us the PO and payment info.
  • Can I pay by Credit Card? - Yes, through PayPal.  Make your payment to:
  • Can I pay at the door? - Yes, but please complete and fax your registration to us so we can have a count.
  • Can I pay for one day? - Yes, individual days are $100.00 per person.
  • Do I get CE credits for the conference? - Yes, through our affiliation with TEEX.

Make checks payable to:

PO Box 294977
Lewisville, TX 75029-4977

Conference Schedule:   TBA


Meeting Notice: The TexasLAFS Chapter of Just For LAFS will hold their annual meeting during the conference.Positions up for election are the President, Secretrary and Training Coordinator positions. Please forward nominations, bylaw changes, and items for inclusion in the agenda to the secretary by March 25, 2018 at





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Join us at the 2018 Texas LAFS Conference to learn how to use new tools to teach your message of community risk reduction to your audiences. These tools work for young and old alike and will make your messages memorable. Use Characters, Clowns, Music, and Magic to educate in an entertaining way. Learn how to engage your audience and keep their attention to get your message across and make it fun and meaningful. 

When: Monday May 7th – Wed. May 9th , 2018
Where: MCL Grand Theater, Lewisville, TX.
100 N. Charles
Lewisville, TX, 75057

Host Hotel: Homewood Suites
700 Hebron Pkwy
Lewisville, TX, 75057

Monday May 7th A- Shift

0800-0830 Registration and Check-in

0830-0900 Welcome from the Lewisville FD And Introduction to Guest Instructors

0900-0945 Frisco FD Performance

0945 – 1035 Mini-Program Demonstrations

1035 – 1045 Break and Vending

10:45- 12:15 Breakouts Rooms

  • Traditional Clown Make-up Brenda (Dressing Rm)
  • Song Writing 1 Hank and Charlie (Brian Collins)
  • Character Development Sean Carlock (Richard Smith)
  • Video/Visual for your Program Keith Seibert (Black Box)

12:15-13:00 Lunch (Dickey’s BBQ)

13:00-14:30 General Session – Meet Larry Russ Sharek Black Box

1430-1445 Break and Vending

1445-1600 Breakouts Rooms

  • Finding your face (More Make-up) Stacy (Dressing Rm)
  • The Clown Brain Russ Sharek (Black Box)
  • Puppetry Basics Brenda (Richard Smith)
  • Props and Prop Construction Bucky (Valentine)

1600-1615 Break and Vending

1615-1700 General Session – Performance Sean Carlock Black Box

1700 Announcements / Dismiss

Tuesday May 8th B-Shift

0800-0900 Little Elm Program Little Elm FD Black Box

0900-0915 Break and Vending

0915 – 1045 Breakouts Rooms

  • Art of Physical Movement Pt. 1 Calvin Cook (Black Box)
  • Song Writing 2 Hank Morrow (Brian Collins)
  • Do’s and Don’ts of Microphones Jeff Bates (Richard Smith)
  • Creative Boot Camp Stacy and Charlie (Billy Valentine)

1045-1200 Breakouts Rooms

  • Art of Physical Movement Pt. 2 Calvin Cook (Black Box)
  • Show Writing and Themes Sean Carlock (Brian Collins)
  • Autism Awareness for First Responders Durl Lovell (Richard Smith)
  • Set Construction Terry Carr (Valentine)

1200-1300 Lunch (Babes Chicken)

1300-1430 Breakouts

  • Improv with Draw of the Card Stacy and Kevin (Black Box)
  • Sound Systems Sean Carlock (Brian Collins)
  • Costuming Bryan Jarvis (Richard Smith)
  • Overcoming Adversities Cole Jasper (Valentine)

1430-1445 Break and Vending

1445-1600 General Session - Improv Sean Carlock Black Box

1600-1700 Cedar Hill FD Program Presentation Black Box

1700 - Texas LAFS Annual Business Meeting

  • All agenda items must be submitted by Friday April 6th, 2018.
  • Nominations for TexasLAFS Officers will close on Monday May 7th, 2018 at 5:00PM

Wednesday May 9th C shift

0800-0845 Denton FD Program Black Box

0845-0945 General Session - Collin Cty. Children’s Advocacy Sara Pierson Black Box

1000-1130 Breakouts Rooms

  • Stage Presence Shane Robert Black Box
  • Proper Messages, Audiences, and Specific Targets Stacy and Charlie Brian Collins
  • Script Writing Shane Dunstan Richard Smith
  • Clowning for a Cause Brenda Marshal Valentine

1130-1230 Lunch

1230-1400 General Session - Clown Magic with Sean Sean Carlock Black Box

1400-1415 Break

1415-1600 General Session - What Do You Need? (Round Table Discussion) Instructors Black Box

1600-1700 Coppell FD Program presentation

1700 Conclude Conference

Guest Instructors:

Russ Sharek

Russ Sharek has been described by reliable sources as a zen fool, benevolent supervillain, misanthropic community leader, clown father figure and Impish Cabaret Rasputin. Mr. Sharek prides himself on being a life-long student in the world of theatrical clown, eccentric performance and variety entertainment. He has traveled around the world to study important things like pie throwing and human stupidity with living circus legends. His formal education includes spending time with impressive idiots from the New York Goofs, the Celebration Barn Theater, SpyMonkey, and the Why Not Institute. When not on tour, Russ splits his time between performing with the Circus Freaks, developing strange bits of physical theater, and teaching almost everything he knows through the Bath House Cultural Center and Soar Creative, LLC.

For more information:

Sean Carlock



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