October 6, 2015
Anita Grant has resigned her seat on the Educational Theatre Association Board of Directors, citing personal reasons. Grant, a retired theatre educator from Stafford, Texas, was serving a three-year term on the board that began in August, 2014. The board accepted her letter of resignation, with regret and best wishes, during a two-hour meeting at EdTA’s National Conference in St. Pete Beach, Florida on October 3 and will appoint a director to fill the remainder of her term.
In other business, the board:
- Appointed Jo Lane, Roosevelt High School, Portland, Oregon and Ray Palasz, Lake Central High School, Schererville, Indiana to serve as at-large members of the board’s Nominating Committee. The now fully constituted committee also includes board Vice President Debbie Corbin, state Chapter Directors Martha Louden and Jeff Hall, Executive Director Julie Cohen Theobald (non-voting), Director of Chapters and Communities Diane Carr (non-voting). Past President Jay Seller is chair, and President Frank Pruet is an ex officio member.
- Confirmed a timeline for the selection of the next appointed board member by the time of the board’s February meeting.
- Re-elected board member Matt Conover to the positon of board treasurer.
- Adopted in its final form a board meeting improvement checklist, an instrument the board uses to evaluate its work, as recommended by the Governance Committee.
- Instructed its Leadership Academy Task Force to begin drawing up plans for a program that will groom new leaders for EdTA and the larger educational theatre community.
- Accepted a recommendation from a second task force that was assigned to explore whether the board leadership should be selected by the board from among the current board members. The task force found, and the board agreed by consensus, that the current direct election of the vice president/president by the full EdTA membership serves the organization well and should be retained.
- Assigned the Governance Committee to review and recommend any needed changes to the section of the Board Policy Manual that evaluates the role of the board president.
- Heard a report on Broadway Back to School, the first-ever Thespian alumni event in New York, a cabaret-style revue that featured Thespian alums who are now working on Broadway alongside currently active Thespians from The Beacon School. Board member Hunter Bell said the event was a success on multiple levels: as a fundraiser, as a means of raising awareness of EdTA and its mission, as a way of strengthening ties between the Thespian Society and its alumni in the Broadway community, and as a model for future events in New York and other cities.
- Authorized Director of Development Marion Combs to begin assembling an interim nominating committee to identify potential board members for the Educational Theatre Foundation, which will become a freestanding fundraising organization that will support EdTA’s mission.
- Received a report from Julie Theobald on the organization’s financial performance. “It’s been a very good year,” she said, noting that year to date revenues are $4.77 million, ahead of budget by $185,000.