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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 Valerie Farschman, Drama Director and Troupe Director for Troupe 1422 at Marion L. Steele High School in Amherst, Ohio. Valerie is a lifelong learner who has served on the Ohio Educational Theatre Association state board and has been contributing top notch advice to our Community. Ginny: What is the most...
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Welcome to the EdTA Advocacy Update September 20, 2016 The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education EdTA NEWS Broadway Back to School: Mark your calendar for Monday, September 26th, at Feinstein’s/54 Below , for Broadway Back to School 2016! NATIONAL NEWS The stunning geographic divide in American creativity : New data recently released by the National Endowment for the Arts suggests that there's an awful lot of creativity happening far inland from America's coastal tech and arts hubs. ( The Washington Post ) STATE NEWS Got state...
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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 Kandace Arens, Drama Teacher and Troupe Director for Troupe 4614 at Sehome High School in Bellingham, Washington. Kandace has earned a bronze MVM ribbon on her Community profile for her thoughtful insights on topics ranging from costume organization to putting on a 24-hour play festival. Ginny: Why do you...
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Welcome to the EdTA Advocacy Update September 7, 2016 The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education EdTA NEWS EdTA National Conference : Register for the 2016 EdTA National Conference held September 15-18 in Tropicana, Las Vegas. Join us for an exploration of the changing face of theatre education! The EdTA National Conference will livestream keynote presentations by Broadway producer Ken Davenport, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Programs at the U.S. Department of Education , Dr. Monique Chism, and a presentation...
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Budget cuts and lack of funding are not new to us arts educators as many of our theatre programs rely solely on our ticket sales to fund our theatre programming. Some days I feel more like a small business manager than a teacher. My biggest endeavor every year is making sure our ticket sales will cover the cost of the show we are producing. But even while I want the ticket sales to balance my bottom line, I want people in our audience because I want my students to know that their hard work matters, that the story they are telling can impact others, and for our community to see the great work happening. Being a high school theatre program, our primary...
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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 this year in Cincinnati, Ohio. To view previous updates, click here . Getting to know Marty Johnson Recently named by Playbill.com as one of the top ten educators who are shaping Broadway, Marty is the Director of Education and Resident Director at iTheatrics . For those unfamiliar with how our program began, JumpStart is modeled after the successful Broadway Junior Musical Theatre Program founded by the Shubert Foundation,...
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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 this year in Cincinnati, Ohio. To view previous updates, click here . Do you have four minutes? If you attended any kind of JumpStart Theatre event last year, chances are that you probably saw Jim Talkington, owner of Talkington Media , behind a camera. Jim captured every step of the journey, from the first bootcamp last fall to the Showcase in the spring, with perspectives from the teachers, principals, donors, and most...
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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 Holly Thompson, drama teacher and troupe director at Worthington Kilbourne High School in Columbus, Ohio, Troupe 5039. Holly is a seasoned theatre educator with a wealth of experience. She’s been at Worthington Kilbourne for her entire career, building a theatre program from the ground up. Ginny:...
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Welcome to the EdTA Advocacy Update August 23, 2016 The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education EdTA NEWS Voting underway in EdTA Board election : Online voting is underway in the Educational Theatre Association’s 2016 election and will continue until the organization’s annual membership meeting at the EdTA National Conference in Las Vegas in September. NATIONAL NEWS Four Ways to Protect Vulnerable Students under ESSA : Children in high-poverty schools face a new risk of losing critical resources that support their...
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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 Cassy Maxton-Whitacre, an EdTA professional member and the Theatre Department Coordinator for Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School in Fishersville, Virginia. Cassy only recently began actively participating in the Community, but in just a few short months she’s become a reliable contributor, providing...
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Welcome to the EdTA Advocacy Update August 10, 2016 The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education EdTA NEWS Broadway Back to School 2016! : Mark your calendar for Monday, September 26th, at Feinstein’s/54 Below , for Broadway Back to School 2016! STATE NEWS Got state theatre and other arts education news you want to share? Send it to May mhetzer@schooltheatre.org Arizona : Local drama teacher wins national award ( Tucson News Now ) Colorado : Cast Members from ‘Beautiful’...
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What do you think of when you hear the word “fundraising”? Unbidden, your mind probably conjures images of car washes, selling chocolates, wrapping paper, or babysitting, and to be honest, you start feeling some kind of fear or dread. For these mentioned fundraisers, we are lucky to make $1000, and it’s hard to be successful doing these types of fundraisers because they are the same fundraisers run by every other school program. From your cheerleaders to the academic decathlon, we all need a little more funding. But we’ve got a secret weapon that no one else has—our skills as theatre artists. Consider running a 24-hour play festival. A 24-hour play...
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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 Jeff Davis, Theatre Arts/Humanities Teacher and Troupe Director for Troupe 7146 at East Brunswick High School in East Brunswick, New Jersey. On top of leading a high school theatre program, Jeff also acts and has even started his own community theatre group, Chimera Productions , so he excels in providing...
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Welcome to the EdTA Advocacy Update July 26, 2016 The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education EdTA NEWS 2016 EdTA National Conference : Join us for an exploration of the changing face of theatre education from Thursday, September 15 - Sunday, September 18, 2016. Registration now open! NATIONAL NEWS Who Gets Your Vote This Election Season? The Arts! : Whether Republican or Democrat or Independent, everyone can contribute to the growth of the arts in America. ( Huffington Post ) STATE NEWS Got state...
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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 Donalda A. McCarthy, a theatre teacher with international experience, most recently serving as the Troupe Director of Troupe 2216 at Palm Beach Lakes High School in West Palm Beach, Florida. Her sense of humor and positive energy brings warmth and personality to our forum. Ginny: Why do you...
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Welcome to the EdTA Advocacy Update July 12, 2016 The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education EdTA NEWS Get to know 2016 board candidates : The slate of candidates for the 2016 Educational Theatre Association Board of Directors election has been finalized. NATIONAL NEWS How Will ESSA's Innovative Assessment Pilot Work? : States and districts that want to "test-drive" the next generation of assessments will have the chance, thanks to one of the most buzzed-about pieces of the Every Student Succeeds Act. ( Education...
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A theatre — any kind of theatre — needs an audience. Whether it’s a for-profit professional theatre or a non-profit community, college, or high-school theatre, somebody has to sit in the house and watch the show. And, if the audience pays for their tickets, then the sales are helping support the production company, in which case the audience is necessary for the company to survive. A few years ago, a community theatre in my area decided to change their programming: they wanted to “ramp it up” and head toward becoming a regional theatre. That’s fine, but, unfortunately, they did not pay attention to their audience, or to the previous type of...
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This year I am interested in producing “Kentucky Cycles: Fire in the Hole." After speaking to a theatre teacher in TX who had previously produced the show, he discussed how his administration had issues with the alcohol in the show but were completely fine with the violence and guns. When I proposed this show to my administrative team, they responded exactly opposite: choosing to be cautious about the violence and guns, but more comfortable with the alcohol. For both of us, we had to help our administration understand. At the end of the day we want our administration to do their job well, so how do we help our administration help us? Together...
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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 Jym Kinney, Troupe Director for Troupe 821 at Clover Park High School in Lakewood, Washington. Jym has been involved in the Community for over a year now, establishing himself as a supportive and thoughtful contributor. Ginny: Why do you believe theatre is important? ...
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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 this year in Cincinnati, Ohio. To view previous updates, click here . Welcome Class II! In May, the Educational Theatre Association held an orientation for the Class II schools to go over the details of the program. Teachers and administrators from Aiken New Tech High School, Dater High School and Felicity-Franklin Middle School had the chance to meet each other and the JumpStart staff and learn more about how a school begins...
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