New members of the Board of Directors, elected by members of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) in March, begin their terms July 1. They will serve for three years. The new members of the Board of Directors are Erin Carr, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Mark Drum, Astoria, New York. Joining them to start her term as an appointed member is Carolina Garcia of Los Angeles, California, who will serve for four years.
Erin Carr is a Thespian alum of Troupe 5433, St. Ursula Academy in Cincinnati. An EdTA professional member, Carr is an independent theatre contractor who has served as a teaching artist for EdTA as well as a dozen nationally recognized theatre companies. She is also a selected teaching artist in association with EdTA’s Model Curriculum Framework Initiative, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Mark Drum is a Thespian alum of Junior Troupe 88331 at East Middle School and Thespian Troupe 6513, Farmington-Harrison High School, both in Farmington Hills, Mich. As a student, he served as State Thespian Officer from Michigan as well as an International Thespian Officer at the national level. Drum, who is an EdTA professional member, has served as a teaching artist at many chapter events, and on the New York Thespians chapter board since 2016. In 2017, he received the Daron Hawkins Scholarship. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Educational Theatre Foundation Board.
Carolina 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.
The Board and members of EdTA thank outgoing Board members whose terms ended June 30 for their service. They are: Hunter Bell from New York, Krista Carson Elhai from California and Richard Frazier from Georgia.