The Educational Theatre Association Nominating Committee has recommended six candidates to compete for two national board director seats.
Tracey Buot, Erin Carr, Mark Drum, Shannon Horn, Jennifer Morgan-Beuchat and Mary Schuttler will be on the ballot for the board director positions. EdTA board directors are elected to three-year terms. The election will be conducted by electronic ballot from January 15 to March 1, 2020. The two candidates with the most votes will be seated to begin their terms on July 1, 2020.
Here are brief sketches of the candidates.
Tracey Buot. Atlanta, Georgia. For the last seven years has taught theatre students at Cambridge High School in Milton. Has held several leadership positions at the state, local, and national levels for arts and politics, including chairing for Young Democrats of America. Currently serves on the Teacher Advisory Council for the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University.
Erin Carr. Cincinnati, Ohio. A Thespian alumna and EdTA professional member. An independent theatre contractor who has served as a teaching artist for EdTA as well as a dozen nationally recognized theatre companies. Grant recipient from the National Endowment for the Arts as a selected teaching artist in association with EdTA’s Model Curriculum Framework Initiative.
Mark Drum. Astoria, New York. Currently serves as a Trustee of the Educational Theatre Foundation Board. A Thespian alum, former International Thespian Officer, and former State Thespian Officer from Michigan. Served on the New York Thespians chapter board for four years. Has represented EdTA at Thespian events as a teaching artist since 2016. Recipient of the 2017 Daron Hawkins Scholarship.
Shannon Horn. Goose Creek, South Carolina. Theatre professor at College of Charleston and former troupe director. Serves as the advocacy chair and Junior Thespians representative for South Carolina Thespians and is a member of EdTA’s Advocacy Leadership Network. Advocates during National Arts Advocacy Day and EdTA Theatre Education Advocacy Day. Previously sat on local and state arts boards.
Jennifer Morgan-Beuchat. Valley Falls, Kansas. Troupe director at Leavenworth High School for five years. Currently serves as the advocacy chair and public relations officer for Kansas Thespians board and is a member of the EdTA Advocacy Leadership Network. Former reviewer for the National Core Arts Standards Curriculum and previous treasurer of Kansas Alliance for the Arts in Education.
Mary Schuttler. Greeley, Colorado. Head of Theatre Education at University of Northern Colorado. Former EdTA vice president, president and past president. Has served in numerous leadership positions, including Colorado Thespians board, EdTA Collegiate Advisory Committee, Colorado Model Content Standards for Theatre chair, and National Coalition for Core Arts Standards for Theatre. 2019 recipient of EdTA Founders’ Award.
As provided in the EdTA Code of Regulations, any member may declare their candidacy for a seat on the board and petition to be included on the ballot. A valid candidate petition vita form can be accessed here and must be signed by 15 eligible voting members from three different chapters. The submission deadline for ballot petitions for the 2020 election is December 1, 2019, at 11:59 PM PT.
Full resumes and responses to election questionnaires from each candidate will be posted after the ballot petition deadline. Electronic voting will begin January 15 and conclude March 1, 2020.
The Nominating Committee is chaired by board Past President Debbie Corbin. Members include board Vice President Scott Wilson; Georgia Chapter Director Paul Hampton; Massachusetts Chapter Director Jessica Harms; members-at-large Jeff Hall of Portland, Oregon; Jim Hoare of New York, New York; Executive Director Julie Cohen Theobald (non-voting); and Chief Relationship Officer Hans Weichhart (non-voting). President Gai Laing Jones is an ex officio member.