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Sandra Joseph

Singer, actress, author, and keynote speaker, Sandra Joseph holds the distinction of being the longest-running leading lady in Broadway’s longest-running show. For ten years and more than 1,300 performances, Sandra starred in The Phantom of the Opera as Christine Daaé.

Along with The New York Times bestselling author Caroline Myss, Sandra is the co-author/creator of the audio teaching program Your Creative Soul: Expressing Your Authentic Voice. She has been seen on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, Today, The Early Show, Dateline, The View, Law and Order, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, One Life to Live, and As the World Turns.

Sandra has performed in theatres throughout the United States and Europe, and currently—to her great delight—her mission to empower other people’s voices is bringing her to an entirely new set of stages. Sandra has been a keynote speaker at eBay; workshop facilitator at Omega Institute, and inspirational singer at Sounds True’s Wake Up Festival. Sandra is married to her co-star from The Phantom of the Opera, actor Ron Bohmer. They share a home in a quiet neighborhood just outside of New York City with their adopted chow mix, Murphy.


Eric Booth

Actor, businessman, author, and teacher, Eric Booth has performed in many plays on Broadway, Off Broadway and throughout the United States. Booth launched Alert Publishing, a company that in seven years became the largest of its kind in the U.S., analyzing research on trends in American lifestyles. His five books include The Everyday Work of Art and The Music Teaching Artist’s Bible. He has written dozens of magazine articles, and was the founding editor of the quarterly Teaching Artist Journal.

Booth has been a faculty member of Juilliard for thirteen years and has taught at Stanford University, New York University, the Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center Education, where he is currently co-designing their national teaching artist training. He has given classes for every level from kindergarten through graduate school, as well as leading workshops at over thirty universities and conservatories, and sixty cultural institutions. He serves as a consultant for many organizations, cities, states, and businesses around the U.S., including seven of the ten largest U.S. orchestras, five national service organizations, and Carnegie Hall. Booth founded and led the first and second International Teaching Artist Conferences in 2012 and 2014 and was the keynote speaker at the 2005 and 2007 Educational Theatre Association Conferences. His essays can be found at ericbooth.net.


EdTA Hall of Fame banquet

Please join us on Friday, October 2 for the 2015 Hall of Fame banquet. Together on the beach with the ocean as a backdrop, we will celebrate our theatre educators who have given their careers to their students and their theatre programs. 

The Educational Theatre Association’s Hall of Fame was established by the Association’s Board of Directors in 1990 to recognize those members who have made outstanding contributions to theatre education. Any member who has devoted twenty or more years to theatre education may be nominated to the Hall of Fame by any voting member of the Association. Note that nominees might have members of the National Thespian Society, as the Educational Theatre Association was known from 1929 to 1968, or of the International Thespian Society, as the Association was called from 1968 to 1990. The first members of the Hall of Fame were inducted at the 1991 Educational Theatre Association Conference.

Educational Theatre Association Hall of Fame inductees are selected by a committee that includes one member of the Association’s Board of Directors, one other volunteer leader, and one member of the Hall of Fame. In addition to the committee’s selections, the Association’s board may name one or more inductees annually. The judges base their decisions on several criteria, including professional achievement, education, continuing education, community service, commitment to theatre and theatre education, past work with the Educational Theatre Association or its forerunners, and letters of recommendation from peers.

Nominate a theatre educator for the EdTA Hall of Fame.