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April 20, 2017 The Educational Theatre Association’s Nominating Committee has tapped five candidates to vie for two director seats in this year’s EdTA board election. Mark Drum, Marti Fowler, Phillip Goodchild, David Tate Hastings, and Scott Walker will be on the ballot for the two board director positions. The top two vote-getters among those five will be seated. Board directors are elected for three-year terms. All the winning candidates in the 2017 election, which will be conducted by electronic ballot during August and September, will take office on August 1, 2018. Here are brief sketches of the candidates. Candidates for Board director ...
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Welcome to the EdTA Advocacy Update April 18, 2017   The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education   EdTA NEWS Annual Leadership Summit and EdTA National Arts Advocacy program : The Educational Theatre Association’s Annual Leadership Summit brings together the organization’s leaders—members of the Board of Directors, student leaders, key staff members, leadership mentors, chapter directors and chapter board members. Registration deadline June 15, 2017.   NATIONAL NEWS The results from The Nation's Report Card (NAEP): 2016 Arts will be released ...
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Welcome to the EdTA Advocacy Update April 18, 2017   The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education   EdTA NEWS Annual Leadership Summit and EdTA National Arts Advocacy program : The Educational Theatre Association’s Annual Leadership Summit brings together the organization’s leaders—members of the Board of Directors, student leaders, key staff members, leadership mentors, chapter directors and chapter board members. Registration deadline June 15, 2017.   NATIONAL NEWS The results from The Nation's Report Card (NAEP): 2016 Arts will be released ...
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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 latest Spotlight Member is Rachel Snow, the Drama and Technical Theater teacher at Alhambra High School in Alhambra, California, home to Thespian Troupe 2524. Rachel frequently has great ideas about where to find (or how to make) tricky props or costume pieces, along with practical advice and support for her peers. Ginny: ...
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April 7, 2017 The Board of Directors of the Educational Theatre Association has appointed Laurie Baskin to a term on the Board from April, 2017 through July, 2020. Baskin joined Theatre Communications Group (TCG) in 1997 and is the Director of Research, Policy and Collective Action. In addition to her oversight of education programs and surveys for TCG, she created and administers the Blue Star Theatres program, which fosters engagement between theatres and military families. She also played an integral role in the development of theatre education assessment models. Baskin is TCGs liaison to the Performing Arts Alliance and directs advocacy efforts ...
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#NCThesFest17!

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At the end of March, the North Carolina Thespians assembled for their annual state conference, and I could not have been more thrilled to attend! Arriving early on Thursday morning of their festival with the wonderful Kimberly Staples, we dropped our bags at the hotel and headed over to the Cultural Arts Center in Greensboro, where the first two days were located. There we were greeted by the always-smiling and enthusiastic chapter director Chris Veneris, who excitedly welcomed us and got us settled into the war room all the adult leaders were located in. More and more students piled into the Arts Center, eager and excited for the day ahead, which held several ...
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Welcome to the EdTA Advocacy Update April 4, 2017 The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education EdTA NEWS EdTA members speak up at Arts Advocacy Day 2017 : The Educational Theatre Association was well represented at Arts Advocacy Day 2017, March 20-21 in Washington, D.C. Advocacy Leadership Network launches: Ten members have been selected for the inaugural class of the EdTA Advocacy Leadership Network (ALN), a new three-year pilot initiative. Students selected for opening show at International Thespian Festival : Twenty-eight students, representing ...
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Welcome to the EdTA Advocacy Update April 4, 2017 The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education EdTA NEWS EdTA members speak up at Arts Advocacy Day 2017 : The Educational Theatre Association was well represented at Arts Advocacy Day 2017, March 20-21 in Washington, D.C. Advocacy Leadership Network launches: Ten members have been selected for the inaugural class of the EdTA Advocacy Leadership Network (ALN), a new three-year pilot initiative. Students selected for opening show at International Thespian Festival : Twenty-eight students, representing ...
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Conquering the Capitol

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The ITO took on D.C. a week ago, advocating for the arts like never before! Arriving the morning of March 19, we gathered at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, the beautiful facility Americans for the Arts had the 2017 National Arts Advocacy Day hosted at. After a quick bite to eat and some time exploring museums on the national mall, all of the EdTA attendees gathered at La Tomate for a dinner together, celebrating such a strong commitment to arts education and planning for the two days ahead. It was wonderful to see so many student representatives actively attending this year, including Lance Junck (the Democracyworks Essay Contest winner), most of the Colorado ...
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I was honored today in our local Sunday newspaper with a notice that I am a member of this national advocacy group. I give credit to the official letter of my being named to the group from EdTA, which I printed and gave to my principal. Be sure to spread the word of your work, ALN. http://www.whittierdailynews.com/social-affairs/20170401/santa-fe-high-theatre-teacher-named-to-national-advocacy-group-for-the-arts&template=printart
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Last week I was able to attend the Florida State Thespian Festival, along with the wonderful Director of Chapters and Communities Diane Carr. We arrived on Wednesday around noon, and after dropping our bags in the Hilton Hotel, headed to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. There, we were greeted by Chapter Director Lindsey Warfield and much of the amazing staff running the event. The student work crew, along with the state reps, helped answer questions and check people in for preliminary registrations, and after everyone was settled opening ceremonies began. The superhero Thespian theme led to The Amazing Florida Thespians chant ringing all weekend, on ...
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It’s no secret that running a theatre company means budgets are tight, and we are constantly weighing and prioritizing our spending. For several years we kept pushing off our company’s website, and in doing so, did not realize the impact this had on our ticket sales.  This past summer, we overhauled our website, and in the very first show of our season, our online ticket sales jumped tremendously for our musical.   We realized that when people are looking for things to do or when they first hear about our show, they immediately turn to the internet for more information.  If your theater’s website is old, not Google-able, has grainy photos, misinformation ...
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March 31, 2017 Twenty-eight students, representing 13 states and Canada, have been chosen as the cast and crew for the opening performance of the 2017 International Thespian Festival being held June 19-24 in Lincoln, Nebraska. They were chosen from a field of more than 120 applicants. For the past five years ITF has opened with a show cast by audition from among the members of the International Thespian Society. The 2017 show is We Tell the Story: A Celebration of the works of Ahrens & Flaherty and will feature the works of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty , lyricist and composer known for Once on This Island , Ragtime , Anastasia , Seussical ...
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Ohana means Family

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4,200 ducks. Thats right 4200 DUCKS! I arrived in Columbus, Ohio for the Ohio State Thespian Festival and, almost immediately, experienced the fundraiser that these Thespians know and love- Duck for a Buck! The State Thespian Officers met me at the door and we got to work, setting out snacks, rolling t-shirts, and, yes, carrying 4,200 ducks, all of which had a unique name and personality. Hours felt like minutes as we set up, and, pretty soon, registration had begun. While I helped directors register, students arrived, ecstatic to see their old friends and excited make some new ones. During opening ceremonies, I introduced myself to the group and helped ...
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March 27, 2017 The Educational Theatre Association was well represented at Arts Advocacy Day 2017, March 20-21 in Washington, D.C. Thirty-six EdTA delegates from 16 states attended, including Alabama, California, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia. The group included EdTA Board President Frank Pruet and Vice President Debbie Corbin, and the organizations six International Thespian Officers: Grace Alt, chair (Springfield Township High School, Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania), Shaila Seth, vice chair (Rock Ridge High School, Ashburn, Virginia), Austin Norsworthy ...
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March 21, 2017 Troupes in Maryland and Kansas will get to attend the International Thespian Festival thanks to the Educational Theatre Associations 2017 Send a Troupe to Festival grant, which will cover the troupes travel and registration expenses. The recipients are the Jemicy School's Thespian Troupe 8269 in Owings Mills, Maryland, and Fort Scott High School's Thespian Troupe 7365 in Fort Scott, Kansas. At Festival, held June 19-24 in Lincoln, Nebraska, students will participate in workshops conducted by theatre professionals, and in the National Individual Events program, see productions by schools from across the country, and audition for colleges. ...
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March 17, 2017 Four students have been awarded the Doug Finney Festival Grant to attend the 2017 International Thespian Festival . The Finney grant is awarded annually by the Educational Theatre Association and its student honorary, the International Thespian Society, to four Thespians. Finney, the former director of the Thespian Festival who passed away in 1992, wanted every Thespian to have the opportunity to attend Festival. In 1993, the EdTA Board of Directors endowed a fund to support this goal. This year's Finney grant recipients are Mariah Colby of Troupe 2258, Dexter High School, Dexter, Michigan; Baylee Robertson, Troupe 2075, Mount Carmel ...
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Stepping off the airplane and into the bright, flashy city of Las Vegas filled me with an immediate sense of optimism. Vegas is a city famous for the allure of taking chances, putting yourself out their in hopes that something incredible will come of it. Amidst the neon glow of the city's heart, there was a quiet pulse of excitement that was centered, not on Fremont Street or the casios, but on Liberty High School. I arrived at the school to find several excited thespians practicing their IEs, rehearsing for opening ceremonies, and organizing for the following 3 days to come. At this point, only a fraction of the total delegate population was present. A few ...
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The Bird Girls in a performance of Seussical Jr. at Lakota East. 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 latest Spotlight Member is Kristen Statt, the drama teacher and troupe director at Lakota East High School in Liberty Township, Ohio. Kristen is an experienced educator who always seems to know just the right resource or advice to help other Community ...
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When our new President is looking to cut funding from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as get rid of funding for PBS, its more important then ever to be an Arts Advocate. As an immigrant, theatre arts graduate and thespian alum, attending Arts Advocacy this year will be more important than ever to be an advocate of the Arts. Having the Arts has made a huge impact on my life as well as the countless Thespians Ive encountered throughout my time with the EdTA. Whether theyre working actors to software engineers; each friend, mentor, colleague and supporter of the Arts, have seen the power it has to impact the lives of someone and their community. ...
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