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EdTA Advocacy Update February 12, 2019   The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.   EdTA NEWS NBC Entertainment Receives the EdTA Standing Ovation Award NBC Entertainment has received the Standing Ovation Award from the Educational Theatre Association. The award recognizes a corporation or organization that makes significant contributions to EdTA in supporting its mission of “shaping lives through theatre education” through philanthropic efforts, programs, and activities.   NATIONAL NEWS The Government Shutdown and the Arts Regardless of one’s ...
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NBC Entertainment has received the Standing Ovation Award from the Educational Theatre Association. The award recognizes a corporation or organization that makes significant contributions to EdTA in supporting its mission of “shaping lives through theatre education” through philanthropic efforts, programs, and activities. The award was accepted by NBC’s Senior Vice President and Creative Director Dean McFlicker (pictured) at the Junior Theater Festival West in Sacramento, Calif. In presenting the award, Jeff Hall—a longtime theatre educator, director of Thespian Troupe 5575, and EdTA volunteer leader—praised NBC for increasing the appreciation of school theatre ...
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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 .  Congratulations, MCCA! Earlier this month at the Junior Theater Festival East , Playbill announced that JumpStart Theatre's newest regional partner,  Mountain City Center for the Arts  (MCCA) had received their 2019 Community Service Award . Additionally, current MCCA students were so moved by the idea of bringing theatre to students who ...
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EdTA Advocacy Update January 29, 2019   The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.   EdTA NEWS Theatre Education Advocacy Day Set for July The EdTA Theatre Education Advocacy Day will take place July 15-16, in Washington, D.C. The event, open to all adult and student members, will be modeled after the organization’s first national theatre education advocacy day held in 2017. Heather Achter Awarded the 2018 Linda P. Wise Grant EdTA has awarded its 2018 Linda P. Wise Grant for Theatre Educators to Heather Achter, theatre teacher and director of Thespian ...
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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 Robert (Bob) Smith, a retired theatre teacher and troupe director turned EdTA Emeritus member. Bob also serves on the Virginia Thespians state board as the Treasurer. He has been lending his time and expertise to the Theatre Education Community for years and is a fantastic resource for problem-solving on the stage ...
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As the only magazine written specifically for high school theatre students, Dramatics has been a go-to source for Thespians since 1929. Now, Dramatics can share even more stories from across the Thespian Nation at Dramatics.org . Dramatics.org is the newly launched companion website to Dramatics magazine. While the print edition will continue, Dramatics.org will feature even more of the stories you love, from practical tips on acting, designing, and writing to profiles of Broadway stars and theatre professionals. We’re also adding photo galleries and videos while shining a spotlight on more Thespians and Thespian troupes than ever ...
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Ross Jackson is a Thespian alum from Troupe 1699, Lake Hamilton High School in Pearcy, Arkansas. He is AEA Stage Manager and Instructor of Stage Management at Irvine Valley College, one of only 10 working black male AEA stage managers currently. Jackson earned a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and an MFA in Stage Management from the University of California, Irvine. He gives credit to this Thespian experience for helping him achieve his current success. Jackson recalls, “At my second Thespian conference in Mena, Arkansas in 2007-08 school year I received the Thespian Spirit Award simply ...
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EdTA has awarded its 2018 Linda P. Wise Grant for Theatre Educators to Heather Achter, theatre teacher and director of Thespian Troupe 7561, at Kings Mountain High School in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. The grant is awarded to an EdTA professional member and theatre educator who presents a well-laid plan for an in-class program in need of financial support. Achter teaches theatre classes ranging from beginner to advanced level and will use the funds to purchase professional stage makeup kits. Her students currently use their own store-bought makeup and materials brought from home. This grant will allow her students the tools and resources to learn the ...
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EdTA Advocacy Update January 15, 2019   The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.   EdTA NEWS Eight Schools Invited to Perform on Main Stage at International Thespian Festival Eight schools have been invited to perform on the main stage at the International Thespian Festival (ITF). The invitations are based on productions that were adjudicated last fall; three more will be invited this spring.   NATIONAL NEWS How is the Shutdown Affecting America? Let Us Count the Ways The National Endowment for the Arts says it will honor its fiscal year 2019 ...
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The EdTA Theatre Education Advocacy Day will take place July 15-16, in Washington, D.C. The event, open to all adult and student members, will be modeled after the organization’s first national theatre education advocacy day held in 2017. Attendees will engage in a day of advocacy training workshops followed by a day of visits to Congressional offices on Capitol Hill. As in 2017, training will be conducted by Americans for the Arts staff, with the support of EdTA leadership and members of the organization’s Advocacy Leadership Network. Along with the workshops, EdTA will present its Legislator Leadership Arts Education Advocacy Award, given annually to a legislator ...
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Theatre in Our Schools (TIOS) Month is   a campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of theatre education and draw attention to the need for more access to quality programs for all students. While activities may take place any time, March is designated the official month for  TIOS . The  Educational Theatre Association , International Thespian Society , and American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE)  are collaborating to raise public awareness of the impact of theatre education and draw attention to the need for more access to quality programs for all students. The goal of TIOS Month is to not only raise awareness inside the school ...
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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 Taylor Horne, the theatre teacher and troupe director at Episcopal School of Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida, home to Thespian Troupe 1187. Taylor has been involved with theatre since she was a child and has never lost the passion to learn. She continues to pursue educational opportunities in order to better serve ...
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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 .  An Early Christmas for JumpStart Theatre Students A group of 81 Cincinnati students and parents were treated to a complimentary performance of Santa Claus: The Musical at The Taft Theatre, courtesy of The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati, a regional JumpStart Theatre partner. Clark Montessori students at the Taft Theatre. ...
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Eight schools have been invited to perform on the main stage at the International Thespian Festival (ITF). The invitations are based on productions that were adjudicated last fall; three more will be invited this spring. (Complete list of schools and shows to-date follows.) ITF celebrates student achievement in the performing arts. The 56th event, which this year takes place June 24-29, brings together more than 4,000 high school drama students and their teachers for a weeklong immersion in workshops;  interaction with colleges, industry leaders, and Broadway professionals; and opportunities to be inspired by the best high school theatre in the nation. ...
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EdTA Advocacy Update January 2, 2019   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., is now accepting entries. The winner will receive $1,500 toward expenses to attend the National Arts Action Summit in Washington, D.C., March 4-5, 2019, plus $250 cash. Application deadline is February 1. STATE NEWS Got state theatre and other arts education news you want to ...
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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 Melissa Mintzer, a Spanish teacher and troupe director at Penn Manor High School in Millersville, Pennsylvania, home to Thespian Troupe 274. Melissa is always seeking ways to get involved and assist others. She is a regular attendee at Educational Theatre Association events and serves on the Pennsylvania Thespians ...
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EdTA Advocacy Update December 18, 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., is now accepting entries. The winner will receive $1,500 toward expenses to attend the National Arts Action Summit in Washington, D.C., March 4-5, 2019, plus $250 cash. Application deadline is February 1. NATIONAL NEWS Americans for the Arts Files Federal Comment in Support ...
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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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