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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Hunter Bell

Hunter Bell

Board Member

Term: 8/1/2017 - 6/30/2020

Writer, performer | NY, NY

Bell is a Tony-nominated writer [title of show], distinguished alumnus of Webster University in St. Louis, Mo., and a former Georgia Thespian and student officer. In addition to writing, Bell also has a career in acting, appearing in two other Broadway productions, and teaching. As a teaching artist he has taught theatre and creative writing workshops around the country.


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Krista Carson Elhai

Krista Carson Elhai

Board Member

Term: 8/1/2017 - 6/30/2020

Theatre educator | Claremont, CA

Elhai has served on the California Thespians board since 1993 and held the role of California chapter director from 2003 - 2014. An active leader in the International Thespian Society, she chartered Thespian Troupe 4015 at Helmet High School, is a current director of Thespian Troupe 2129, and is the theatre chair at Claremont High School in California.



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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

Co-developer Practical Technical Theatre Video Series | 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 three Future Theatre Educator scholarships through EdTA. 

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Richard Frazier

Richard Frazier

Board Member

Term: 8/1/2017 - 6/30/2020

Theatre Macon | Macon, GA

Frazier is the artistic director of Theatre Macon in Georgia where he has choreographed, directed, and performed in several productions since 2011. A graduate of Columbus State University, Frazier hold a B.A. in theatre education, and was the theatre and dance educator for Thespian Troupe 2892 for seven years. He currently serves on the Georgia Thespians chapter board, and as a teaching artist.   
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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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