Board of Directors

Board of Directors

PRESIDENT

Gai Laing Jones

Gai Laing Jones

President

Term: 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2021

Theatre educator, author | Ojai, CA

Jones is a longtime theatre educator having served for 34 years as theatre and troupe director at El Dorado High School, in addition to instructing at several California colleges, theatres, workshops, and festivals as a teaching artist. She is the founder of CA Youth in Theatre and esteemed author of Raising the Curtain, Activities for the Theatre Arts Classroom and Break a Leg, Tips for the Theatre Educator. She has also served EdTA as California chapter director and EdTA board director.  

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VICE PRESIDENT

Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson

Vice President

Term: 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2021

School Counselor | Columbus, OH

Wilson is a school counselor in the Columbus City School District where he was formerly a theatre, speech and English teacher. He has served on the board of Ohio Thespians for 18 years including four years as the Chapter Director. He has served EdTA as an ITO advisor and also as a member of the Advocacy Leadership Network. Wilson also served on the writing team for the National Core Arts Standards for Theatre.



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BOARD MEMBERS

Laurie Baskin

Laurie Baskin

Board Member

Term: 3/30/2017 - 6/30/2021

Theatre Communications Group |
NY, NY

Baskin is the director of research, policy and collective action for TCG where she oversees
education programs and surveys, and is integral in the development of theatre education assessment models. She also serves as TCG's liaison to the Performing Arts Alliance, directing federal advocacy efforts on behalf of the professional, not-for-profit American theatre field.



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Erin Carr

Erin Carr

Board Member

Term: 7/1/2020 - 6/30/2023

Theatre practitioner |
Cincinnati, OH

Erin Carr (she/her) works as a theatre practitioner, physical theatre coordinator, and body language consultant. A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Carr holds a BFA in theatre and is currently working on her MBA. She has been an EdTA professional member, working as a teaching artist around the U.S., since 2012 and is a Thespian alum of Troupe 5433. 




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Mark Drum

Mark Drum

Board Member

Term: 7/1/2020 - 6/30/2023

Theatre educator | NY, NY

A proud Junior Thespian (Troupe 88331) and Thespian (Troupe 6513) alumnus from Farmington Hills, Michigan, Drum is also a University of Northern Colorado theatre graduate, a former Michigan Thespians Student Thespian Officer, International Thespian Officer, and past New York Thespians board member. He is a Filipino immigrant, teaching artist, and theatre arts advocate currently serving as an appointed trustee for the Educational Theatre Foundation and is a 2017 recipient of the Daron Hawkins Award.

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Helen Duranleau-Brennan

Helen Duranleau-Brennan

Board Member

Term: 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2022

Literacy and arts consultant | Davenport, IA

Duranleau-Brennan is the literacy and arts consultant with Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency. She was formerly the theatre and speech director at Davenport North and Davenport Assumption High School, and is a former Iowa Thespians board member and chapter director.
















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Marti Fowler

Marti Fowler

Board Member

Term: 8/1/2018 - 6/30/2021

Retired theatre educator |
St. Louis, MO

Fowler has served as a Missouri Thespians board member for six years, served as the chapter Thespian conference chair for two events, and has been the director of Thespian Troupe 1220 for 22 years. Fowler co-developed and produced 10 educational videos about technical theatre, and funds two Future Theatre Educator scholarships through EdTA. 














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Carolina Garcia

Carolina Garcia

Board Member

Term: 7/1/2020 - 6/30/2024

Netflix | Los Angeles, CA


Garcia is director of original series at Netflix, where she focuses on young adult and family content, which includes series such as The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Stranger Things, Fuller House, Raising Dion, Atypical, and others. She began her career in entertainment at 20th Century Fox Television as a creative executive on the original programming team. In November 2019, Hollywood Reporter named her one of the Top 35 Executives Under 35 in its annual list of young execs leading “a seismic change” and poised to take the industry into the future. She has a degree in business administration and political science from the University of San Diego. Born in Argentina, she was raised in California and is an alum of International Thespian Troupe 2129 at Claremont High School.


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David Tate Hastings

David Tate Hastings

Board Member

Term: 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2022

Theatre educator | Olathe, KS

Hastings has been the director of Troupe #5006 at Olathe South High School since 2002. He is a former chapter director of Kansas Thespians, and has served as a chapter board member since 2005. He was the founding Junior Thespian troupe director at Southwest Junior High School in 1999.





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Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Board Member

Term: 8/1/2018 - 6/30/2021

Theatre educator | Milwaukie, OR

Walker has been the director of the Milwaukie High School theatre program since 1992 and is the founding teacher at the Milwaukie Academy of Arts. He is also director of Thespian Troupe 75, and the former chapter director and board member of the Oregon Thespians.






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Jeff Whiting

Jeff Whiting

Board Member

Term: 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2023

Director and choreographer | NY, NY

Whiting is a director and choreographer with credits on Broadway (Bullets Over Broadway, Big Fish, Scottsboro Boy), Television (Disney’s Magical Moments Parade), special events (James Taylor Live, Stro! Gala Honoring Susan Stroman), opera (We Open In Paris), and concerts around the world. Whiting is the creator and founder of Stage Write Software and the founding artistic director of the music theatre training program, The Open Jar Institute.

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