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Royalties, please

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Happy new year, all! But as we begin the year, a note: Last semester I was at a Thespian festival and a teacher I like quite a bit told me, in passing, that he hadn’t paid royalties on a one-act of mine. At the same festival a teacher complained about the $45.00 that Playscripts charges for one performance of a one act. In both cases, the rationale was the same: no admission had been/ or was being charged.  So: a gentle reminder. A high school playwrights’ business model has nothing to with box office receipts. You’re not paying for the chance to make money; you’re paying in order to give cast and crew material to work on for at least a month. It seems ...
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Welcome to the EdTA Advocacy Update January 16, 2018   The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.   EdTA NEWS NBC Pledges $500,000 Through R.I.S.E America to Promote the Arts in High Schools NBC has partnered with the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) to revitalize high school arts programs—like the one depicted in the show—across the nation with R.I.S.E. America. The network has pledged $500,000 to provide $10,000 grants to 50 U.S. high schools. ( Playbill ) 10 th Annual Democracyworks Essay Competition Deadline February 1 st This year’s prompt asks ...
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This weekend, I had the opportunity to attend Missouri's Thespian Conference! Despite the cold weather outside, the theme of Aloha made it feel warm throughout. (I'm not used to the cold as I'm from Georgia! Haha) On Thursday, I arrived and met the four STO and the four STO Elects. We all started selling items to raise money for Broadway Cares and Variety Children's Theatre. A silent auction table was filled with Broadway items to raise money for broadway cares, and the officers as well as elects ran around with leis and surfer ducks to raise money for Variety Children's Theatre. After an hour of getting started with sales, it was time for the opening ceremonies! ...
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Westtown School, Big Love By Charles Mee 2017 (Photo credit: Ed Cunicelli) 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 William Addis, an EdTA Professional member and the Chair of Visual and Performing Arts at Westtown School in West Chester, Pennsylvania. William just joined EdTA in September but immediately jumped into the discussions to help councel his ...
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January 5, 2018 Eight schools have been honored with an invitation to perform on the main stage at the International Thespian Festival (ITF), the nation’s leading high school theatre festival, which is produced by the Educational Theatre Association. The invitations are based on productions that were adjudicated last fall; three more schools will be invited this spring. (Complete list of schools and shows to-date follows.) ITF  celebrates student achievement in the performing arts. The 55th event, which this year takes place June 25-30 at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, brings together more than 4,000 high school drama students and their teachers ...
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Welcome to the EdTA Advocacy Update January 2, 2018   The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.   EdTA NEWS Thespian Democracyworks Essay Competition The Educational Theatre Association’s tenth annual Democracyworks essay competition application period closes February 1. This year’s prompt is: “How can theatre and other arts nurture dialogue and understanding between individuals with differing points of view?” STATE NEWS Got state theatre and other arts education news you want to share? Send it to Shea: shaney@schooltheatre.org   Arizona: ...
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Dear Members of Community, Today is going to be a good day because I'm still smiling from my amazing weekend with Michigan Thespians! This year MI Thespians brought an amazing Dear Evan Hansen themed festival to the Grand Rapids convention center. I had the incredible honor to be able to attend two Michigan Thespian festivals. One last year, and once again this past weekend. Let me tell ya, they just keep getting better! From the moment I landed on Thursday evening in the winter wonderland that is Grand Rapids in December, I was beyond excited for what the weekend would hold. I got off my plane and reunited with lovely Lori Hathaway, an MI board member. ...
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Since I was 12 years old, I have attended the Colorado Thespian Convention. However, nothing was quite like the experience I had this past week at my 5th and final conference. Memories of past mainstage shows and times with my friends came flooding back as we took the stage for the opening ceremonies. The theatre swelled with almost 6,000 thespians and I knew that this would be something I would never forget. As people were arriving, they started off with workshops, one act presentations, and individual events. As the day came to a close, we all met together in the theatre. The cheers and excitement from the crowd were contagious and pretty soon, we were all ...
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Welcome to the EdTA Advocacy Update December 19, 2017   The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.   EdTA NEWS Thespian Democracyworks Essay Competition Open until February 1 The Educational Theatre Association’s tenth annual Democracyworks essay competition will accept entries until February 1. The winner will receive $1,500 toward expenses to attend Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., March 12-13, 2018, plus $250 cash.   NATIONAL NEWS The Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University Present the Excellence in Theatre Education Award The ...
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The Last Player

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Musings From my blog - http://www.harshrealityltd.com/portfolio/?p=532 In the theatre, there is a last player that needs to be cast before the performance becomes a reality; the audience. The actors draw energy from them, their reactions (or lack thereof) can dictate the tenor of the performance and the efficacy of the show in general.  Consider the goal of theatre. We perform to create a catharsis. To allow someone to express their emotions through the art. The culmination of this is the reactions of the audience. Their catharsis gives the final definition to the show. A professional company delivers the exact same performance at least eight times a week ...
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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 Anne Elisa Brown, a high school English/Spanish teacher and theatre director at Madison High School in Madison, South Dakota. Anne Elisa is working hard to build a theatre program and bring some well-deserved recognition to her students in a sports-centered district. Why do you believe theatre is important? I believe ...
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I began day one of the festival early and eager, having arrived in Casper the night before. While the board and I were making sure we were as ready as can be, the voices of eager Thespians filled Casper College! These voices had a lot more to talk about, as this was the first year workshops were offered during this event! As Guidebook also debuted, students knew that this year was different and therefore approached it with newfound energy. After the 19 incredible STO of Wyoming opened the festival, the college was officially taken over by Thespians! There were IEs and workshops in every corner. Every student found a way to stay involved, whether in ...
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Top Three Priorities

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At the first rehearsal of every show I direct, I sit the cast down and give them, “The Talk.”  (It’s the same one every time, so if I have actors who have worked with me before, they begin to mimic me as I speak, the little darlings.) The talk details my List of Three Priorities.  First, I want them to grow in some way.  Second, I want them to have fun.  Third, I want them to produce an entertaining show. The first priority is the most complex.  It starts with the premise that absolutely nothing is worth doing unless you are going change in some way.  That change might be something as immense as acquiring a new skill.  Maybe it’s as simple as becoming healthier ...
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Welcome to the EdTA Advocacy Update December 5, 2017   The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.   EdTA NEWS EdTA’s 10 th Annual Democracyworks Essay Competition is now Accepting Entries The Educational Theatre Association’s tenth annual Democracyworks essay competition opened on December 1. The winner will receive $1,500 toward expenses to attend Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., March 12-13, 2018, plus $250 cash. The competition closes on February 1. Advocacy Leadership Network Seeking New State Chapter Members Interested members should ...
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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 Erika Trahan. Erika teaches English and Speech, along with theatre, and is the troupe director of Troupe 6981 at Kaplan High School in Kaplan, Louisiana. Erika regularly advises other community members on a variety of topics, including solving tech issues, classroom management and show selection. If you need ...
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I returned to my home state of Arizona to attend the November Festival. Arizona Thespians rocked downtown Phoenix with 2600 Thespians attending the two day State Festival at the Convention Center filled with vendors, challenges, workshops, performances, and IEs. I was lucky enough to have Hans Weichart, EdTA, and Shaila Seth, ITO, as part of the team for the event.   Attendees explored a range of exhibitors and colleges right from the start. AZ Thespians hosted UA, ASU, NAU, GCU, and even schools from Colorado, California, and beyond. Exhibitors included popular summer programs, services, publishers, drama gear, and more! The STO and Alumni both ...
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I have post-festival depression from Texas ThesFest! 8,000 thespians spent last weekend at the Gaylord Texan Resort, taking workshops, seeing shows, and getting in the Christmas spirit. (Hence the title) The Gaylord's ICE event was happening during the festival, so the resort was decked out in Christmas lights and decor. Festive music was playing throughout the hotel. Upon arrival on Tuesday, I began to get things ready for Texas' Jr Fest occurring on Wednesday. STO Rachel Meltzer and I stuffed registration envelopes as we waited for fellow student leaders to enter the door and help us finish tasks! It was so fun to see all of their board reunite with each ...
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Welcome to the EdTA Advocacy Update November 21, 2017   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 Chapter Members The Educational Theatre Association’s Advocacy Leadership Network (ALN) will begin accepting applications for new state chapter members on November 15. EdTA’s 10 th Annual Democracyworks Essay Competition will Begin Accepting Entries on Dec 1 The Educational Theatre Association’s tenth annual Democracyworks essay competition will begin accepting entries on December 1. The winner will ...
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November 17, 2017 The Educational Theatre Association’s tenth annual Democracyworks essay competition 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 12-13, 2018, plus $250 cash. This year’s prompt asks students to address how theatre and other arts can help promote dialogue and understanding between individuals with differing points of view. The prompt was inspired by 2017 EdTA Conference keynote speaker Patricia Raun who spoke passionately about the role of empathy in our society and the need for students to develop “muscles of empathy, authenticity, ...
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November 15, 2017 The Educational Theatre Association has released the first series of National Individual Event Training Videos . The videos, embedded in EdTA’s National Individual Events Library, are intended to help students, teachers, and adjudicators gain a better understanding of National Individual Events ( NIEs ) performance and technical theatre presentation expectations, both at chapter conferences and the International Thespian Festival (ITF).  Filmed at the 2016 ITF, the short 3-to-6-minute videos include Superior-rated student solo acting, musical theatre performances, and a costume construction presentation. Each of the student videos ...
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