The Educational Theatre Association recognizes International Thespian Society (ITS) troupe directors, emeritus members, and other professional members who have dedicated themselves to the cause of theatre education for 20 years or more. This year five theatre educators will be inducted into the EdTA Hall of Fame: Meaghan Dunham of Grosse Pointe, Michigan; Helen Duranleau-Brennan of Davenport, Iowa; Harriet Matthews of Pearl, Mississippi; Lou Volpe of Levittown, Pennsylvania; and James “Jas” Warren of Tampa, Florida. Ceremonies will take place at the 2018 EdTA National Conference.
Jas Warren has been a theatre educator and EdTA member for 27 years. He is the director of ITS Troupe 5692 at Wharton High School and has served as a member of the chapter board of Florida Thespians, and a member of the executive leadership of the Florida Chapter. Warren provided a template for other theatre teachers in Florida to use to create theatre leadership classes to not only produce high quality work, but provide an honors-level class that can provide festival leadership and assistance. He also works alongside the executive leadership to create and produce the Florida Thespian Festival.