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Hello, friends! We're excited to share that the Theatre Education Community has THREE new features that we think you're really going to like. INLINE REPLY When you reply to a discussion, you won't be taken to a new page to write your reply. Instead, a text editor will appear under the message you're replying to so that you can see every post on the thread while you write your response. Some of the functionalities are hidden, so if you'd like to do more (like insert a picture into your post), you'll need to select "Advanced Editor," which will take you back to the old reply screen that you are used to. AUTOSAVE and SAVE AS DRAFT Drafts of ...
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A program designed to build sustainable musical theatre programs in underserved middle schools that currently have none. This is a series of monthly updates about the   JumpStart Theatre  pilot program launched in Cincinnati, Ohio. To view previous updates,  click here .  Fifth Regional Site Announced The Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) will partner with the Mountain City Center for the Arts (MCCA) in Frostburg, Maryland to bring JumpStart Theatre to more rural schools. "MCCA is honored and thrilled to partner with the Educational Theatre Foundation and the JumpStart Theatre program," said Coty Forno, MCCA owner and director. "MCCA's ...
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One of the main goals for our Theatre Education Community is to help theatre students and professionals from all over connect and identify with each other in order to build resources and support the theatre education field. We shine a spotlight on a different member every other week by conducting a simple interview.   Our next spotlight is Brian Bozanich, the Director of Theatre and Troupe Director at Maumee Valley Country Day School in Toledo, Ohio, home to Thespian Troupe 8553. Brian has creative and practical advice for other community members, whether it involves making an elephant dance, converting a cafetorium into a theatre or locating a Teaching ...
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EdTA Advocacy Update December 4, 2018   The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.   EdTA NEWS Democracyworks Essay Competition: What’s Your Theatre Story? The Educational Theatre Association’s eleventh annual Democracyworks essay competition, co-sponsored by Samuel French, Inc., will begin accepting entries on December 1. The winner will receive $1,500 toward expenses to attend Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., March 4-5, 2019, plus $250 cash. Winners of ITS Next Generation Works Attend Dramatists Guild Foundation Gala In keeping with their mission ...
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One of the main goals for our Theatre Education Community is to help theatre students and professionals from all over connect and identify with each other in order to build resources and support the theatre education field. We shine a spotlight on a different member every other week by conducting a simple interview.   Our next spotlight is Bernadette MacLeod, the theatre teacher and troupe director at East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, home to Thespian Troupe 1190. As soon as Bernadette took over the troupe director position at EMHS in 2015, she began participating in Community. She’s been lending a hand to her fellow educators ...
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EdTA Advocacy Update November 20, 2018   The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.   EdTA NEWS Advocacy Leadership Network Seeking New State Members The Educational Theatre Association’s Advocacy Leadership Network (ALN) will begin accepting applications for new state chapter members on November 15. Launched in 2017, the ALN is designed to train state adult members in grassroots advocacy efforts on behalf of theatre and other arts education. EdTA Releases the Theater Educator Evaluation Workbook The Educational Theatre Association has released the  EdTA ...
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In keeping with their mission of supporting emerging writers, the Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) hosted some award-winning student writers at their recent gala in New York City. The winners of the Next Generation Works Thespian Playworks and Thespian Musicalworks writing competitions for members of the International Thespian Society (ITS) were the Foundation’s guests at the invitation of Rachel Routh, DGF Executive Director. The Thespian guests included Thespian Musicalworks  winner Mitchell Huntley, Orange County School of the Arts, Troupe 6826, Santa Ana, Calif.; and Thespian Playworks : winners Sofia Bottinelli, Denver School of the ...
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The Educational Theatre Association’s eleventh annual Democracyworks essay competition, co-sponsored by Samuel French, Inc., will begin accepting entries on December 1. The winner will receive $1,500 toward expenses to attend Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., March 4-5, 2019, plus $250 cash. This year’s prompt is inspired by the by the 90 th anniversary of the International Thespian Society in 2019.  ITS is showcasing the organization’s history—the past, present, and future—with stories from members about how theatre education has made a difference in their lives. The Democracyworks Guidelines explain the prompt this way: “In this challenging era ...
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The following candidates have been nominated by their boards to run for chapter director positions beginning August 1, 2019: Chapter Candidate Alabama Jamie Stephenson Arizona Jenell Riordan Arkansas Marissa Arnold California Stacy Castiglione and Michele Richardson Hawaii Julia LoPresti Idaho Sterling Blackwell Kentucky Carolyn Greer Louisiana Kristi Jacobs and Cherie Firmin Nevada Sharon Chadwick and Krysta Phenix North Carolina Chris Veneris and Medina Demeter Oregon ...
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The Educational Theatre Association’s Advocacy Leadership Network (ALN) will begin accepting applications for new state chapter members on November 15. Launched in 2017, the ALN is designed to train state adult members in grassroots advocacy efforts on behalf of theatre and other arts education. The network, launched to address a new era of public education led with the passage of the federal  Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA ) in 2015, selected members from 10 states in its first year and added seven more states in 2018. ESSA gave greater responsibility to state and district decision-makers to determine how and what education is delivered to their K-12 ...
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The Educational Theatre Association’s Advocacy Leadership Network (ALN) will begin accepting applications for new state chapter members on November 15. Launched in 2017, the ALN is designed to train state adult members in grassroots advocacy efforts on behalf of theatre and other arts education. The network, launched to address a new era of public education led with the passage of the federal  Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA ) in 2015, selected members from 10 states in its first year and added seven more states in 2018. ESSA gave greater responsibility to state and district decision makers to determine how and what education is delivered to their K-12 ...
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The Educational Theatre Association has released the EdTA High School Theatre Educator Evaluation Workbook , an editable PDF professional development tool for teachers and their administrators. The four-chapter standards-based workbook, available to members as a free download on the EdTA website, was created to address a need among theatre educators seeking to more clearly communicate their classroom practice to administrators who serve as evaluators of teacher effectiveness. The book includes an introductory chapter that guides users—both teachers and administrators—through the steps needed to use it effectively. Chapter 2 provides a checklist of resources ...
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EdTA Advocacy Update November 6, 2018   The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.   EdTA NEWS Winner Announced of THE PROM’S “Dance With You” Contest for Thespians As part of its unprecedented partnership with the  Educational Theatre Foundation  (ETF), Broadway’s new musical comedy  THE PROM  is pleased to announce the winner of its  "Dance with You" contest , Alaina Bozarth, a junior and three-star member of Thespian Troupe 8167 at Metro-East Lutheran High School in Worden, Illinois, south of Springfield. Theatre Licensing Professionals Appointed to ETF ...
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One of the main goals for our Theatre Education Community is to help theatre students and professionals from all over connect and identify with each other in order to build resources and support the theatre education field. We shine a spotlight on a different member every other week by conducting a simple interview. Our next spotlight is Maralie Medlin, the theatre teacher/troupe director and Director of Fine Arts at Gaston Christian School in Gastonia, North Carolina, home to Thespian Troupe 8372. Maralie chartered the ITS troupe at Gaston in 2016 and immediately began asking thoughtful questions and advising others in the Open Forum. Her sound guidance ...
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As part of its unprecedented partnership with the  Educational Theatre Foundation  (ETF), Broadway’s new musical comedy  THE PROM  is pleased to announce the winner of its  "Dance with You" contest , Alaina Bozarth, a junior and three-star member of Thespian Troupe 8167 at Metro-East Lutheran High School in Worden, Illinois, south of Springfield. Bozarth won tickets to  THE PROM  as part of a two-night trip to New York, including air fare and a stay at The Time Hotel for herself and a companion . A highlight of the prize is the opportunity for Bozarth to have a one-on-one session with a member of  THE PROM  creative team plus get an exclusive behind the ...
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A program designed to build sustainable musical theatre programs in underserved middle schools that currently have none. This is a series of monthly updates about the  JumpStart Theatre  pilot program launched in Cincinnati, Ohio. To view previous updates,  click here .  New Cincinnati Partnership The  Educational Theatre Foundation  (ETF) will partner with  The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati  (TCT), the oldest theatre for young audiences in the nation, to entrust the management and administration of the JumpStart Theatre program in Cincinnati. Beginning with the 2019-20 school year, TCT will oversee the day-to-day operations of ...
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EdTA Advocacy Update October 23, 2018   The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.   EdTA NEWS Educational Theatre Foundation’s JumpStart Theatre Program to Partner with Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Three years after piloting JumpStart Theatre in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Educational Theatre Association will expand the middle school-oriented initiative in the Queen City. The Educational Theatre Foundation (EdTA’s fundraising arm) is partnering with the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati—the oldest theatre for young audiences in the U.S.—to bolster the national ...
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In an effort to facilitate support within the school theatre community during and after a natural disaster,  EdTA  has made a  response form  available to help match those who need support and those who are able to give support. Millions have been affected and impacted by the most recent hurricanes to hit the Carolinas, Florida, and Georgia. The full extent of damages may not be realized for months. Many troupes have reached out to the National Office asking how they can help. Please go to the Disaster Relief Matchmaking form  to pledge your support. The National Office will work with the affected chapters and troupes to match you with schools that need ...
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The Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) will partner with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) to entrust the management and administration of the nationally-recognized JumpStart Theatre program to the oldest theater for young audiences in the nation. The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), in collaboration with Music Theatre International and iTheatrics, developed and introduced the pilot for JumpStart Theatre in Cincinnati in 2015. In November 2017, STAGES St. Louis and La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, California, were announced as the first two partner theatres, initiating the national expansion of the JumpStart Theatre program.  ...
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The following candidates have been nominated by their boards to run for chapter director positions beginning August 1, 2019:  Georgia Chapter, Paul Hampton   The petition period is now open and any member may declare their candidacy and petition to be included on the ballot. In order to be considered, the candidate must submit the Chapter Director Petition Candidate Vita Form and provide signatures from active adult members by NOVEMBER 15, 2018 . For information and details, contact Diane Carr at chapterrleations@schooltheatre.org
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