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As we move toward the third decade of the 21st century, innovative new modes of teaching and learning have provided educators and students better access to the resources they need to succeed in all subject areas, including theatre. But while quality arts education programs are readily available in some districts, others offer few or limited opportunities, particularly in schools with highly diverse populations. Recognizing, understanding, and including those students in meaningful theatre education experiences is one of the most important issues facing our field today. Join us in 2016 for an exploration of the changing face of theatre education.





Monique Chism 
Dr. Monique Chism is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Programs in the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), and currently leads OESE's new Office of State Support. Read more.  Ken Davenport is a Broadway
producer whose credits include

Spring Awakening
, Allegiance, 
Kinky Boots
, The Visit, Mothers
and Sons
, Macbeth, Oleanna,
You're Welcome America
, and 
Blithe Spirit.
Read more.
Drew Lynch moved to Los Angeles with aspirations of becoming a fully articulate film actor, but an injury damaged his vocal cords leaving
him with a stutter. However, his injury shaped the person Drew is today. Read more.


Student Voices of DiversityA presentation and question and answer session by four students addressing how being different shaped their theatre education experience.

Join us to celebrate educators who have given their careers to their students and their theatre programs. EdTA's Hall of Fame was established in 1990 to recognize members who have made outstanding contributions to theatre education. Read more.


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