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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: Paul Hampton, Georgia Chapter   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. For information and details, contact Diane Carr at chapterrleations@schooltheatre.org
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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 Greg Franklin, an EdTA professional member and the Director of Choral Music and Theatre Arts at East Lincoln High School in Denver, North Carolina. Greg just transferred to East Lincoln from Mitchell High School and has earned Silver Most Valuable Member status for his helpful contributions over the last several ...
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EdTA Advocacy Update October 9 th , 2018   The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.   EdTA NEWS VIDEO: Broadway Back to School 2018 The Educational Theatre Foundation’s fourth annual Broadway Back to School event, benefitting school theatre education programs for schools in need, was held Sunday, September 23, 2018 at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City.   NATIONAL NEWS Americans Speak Out About the Arts in 2018: An In-Depth Look at Perceptions and Attitudes About the Arts in America We are better people with the arts in our lives. They make ...
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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 Kaila Schwartz, the theatre teacher and troupe director of Troupe 8201 at Milpitas High School in Milpitas, California. She began as an English teacher at Milpitas, but worked hard to grow her theatre program so that she could teach the subject full-time. Kaila is a regular at our annual Conference, and has been ...
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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 .    Funding Secured for a Fourth Regional Site The Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) announced that Jeffrey Seller, producer of Hamilton, In the Heights, Avenue Q , and Rent , made a generous donation to ETF, allowing the program to expand to another city in 2019. Current regional expansion partners are located in St. Louis, San Diego, and Atlanta. Read more about ...
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EdTA Advocacy Update September 25 th , 2018   The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.   EdTA NEWS National Disaster Script Bank Will Benefit High Schools Nationwide Samuel French, the theatrical publishing and licensing company, is collaborating with the Educational Theatre Association to launch a Natural Disaster Script Bank for high schools nationwide. The Bank, which began its collection in September 2017, will donate scripts to schools whose libraries are lost to natural disasters. ( Playbill ) EdTA Members Elect Three Board Members Members of ...
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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 Tom Schulz, the troupe director of Troupe 3674 at Singapore American School in Singapore. Tom is an international member with over 26 years of teaching experience, reflected in his practical advice and on-point recommendations. Why do you believe theatre is important? I love theatre because it serves myriad functions ...
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Michael Daehn of Ball State University has been honored with the Educational Theatre Association ’s Founders’ Award which   is presented to an individual or group who has made significant contributions to the growth and development of theatre education, research, and practice. The award recognizes work that supports the principles and mission of the EdTA founders to promote and strengthen theatre education. The award was presented as part of the awards luncheon at EdTA’s National Conference , September 14. Daehn has been at Ball State University for 15 years and currently serves as the associate professor of theatre education and directing. He is ...
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Members of the Educational Theatre Association elected three board members in results announced at the annual meeting held Friday, September 14 at the EdTA National Conference. For the position of vice president/president, the winning candidate is Scott Wilson . Scott Wilson.  Columbus, Ohio. Currently serves EdTA in several roles at the national level including as an International Thespian Officer Adult Advisor and as a member of the Advocacy Leadership Network. Has served on the board of Ohio Thespians for 17 years and for four years as chapter director. Served on the National Core Arts Standards theatre writing team. Has represented EdTA at 11 state ...
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Samuel French, the world’s leading theatrical publishing and licensing company is launching a Natural Disaster Script Bank for high schools nationwide in collaboration with the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA). The Bank, which began its collection in September 2017, will donate scripts to schools whose libraries are lost to natural disasters. In early fall of last year, both Samuel French and EdTA received inquiries for script replacement from high schools whose libraries were destroyed by the likes of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Maria, the California wildfires, and more. In response, Samuel French pledged that for every script purchased at their conference ...
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EdTA Advocacy Update September 11 th , 2018   The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.   EdTA NEWS Craig Zadan Memorial: Educational Theatre Foundation to Host Celebration, Launch Fund in His Honor A memorial celebration of the life of producer Craig Zadan will be held November 11 and organized by the  Educational Theatre Foundation , a group dedicated to supporting theater arts in schools. ( Deadline Hollywood ) EdTA Awards 2018 National Conference Grants The Educational Theatre Association has awarded four members with the EdTA National Conference ...
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Last Thursday, I received an email from a high school teacher in Texas. She was considering producing a one-act play of mine called   Small Actors   but, she explained, her community was conservative. She wanted permission to cut some lines. I get this request—for the same section of this play—a dozen or so times a year, clustered in September and January, the months when school one acts are chosen.  Normally, I’m easy about change requests. I almost never say no. I allow people to cut for length, or to alter lines to accommodate casting requirements. Recently—this is true—I allowed a Catholic school in Newfoundland to change the word “sex” to the word ...
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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 .  Back to School The start of a brand new school year means the beginning of the JumpStart Theatre program for St. Louis and San Diego schools. St. Louis schools are in the midst of their "Back to School" events, introducing the idea of a musical to their students for the first time. One St. Louis school reported that 47 students signed up to be involved! San Diego ...
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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 John Rutherford, the theatre teacher and troupe director at Wylie E. Groves High School (Troupe 2296) in Beverly Hills, Michigan. John has taught theatre for over 25 years and serves on the Michigan Thespians board. With such extensive experience, he often has just the right answer for fellow Community members. ...
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  The Educational Theatre Association has awarded four members with the EdTA National Conference Grant for Theatre Educators in support of professional development. This grant was developed to: assist EdTA members in reaching a higher level of professional achievement by participating in EdTA’s National Conference; assist EdTA members with the cost of professional development and create access to valuable continuing education and networking opportunities; and enhance the knowledge and skills of experienced theatre educators so that they can better contribute to their school, students, and the profession. The following members were awarded the 2018 grant: ...
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EdTA Advocacy Update August 28th, 2018 The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.   NATIONAL NEWS National Endowment for the Arts Releases 2019 Art Works Grant Guidelines This NEA grant program provides funding for projects that investigate the value and impact of the arts for individuals and communities, with 2019 projects focusing across topic areas and on experimental or quasi-experimental design methods. NEA will host a public webinar at 3 p.m. EST Sept. 5 for potential applicants to learn more about the program and to engage with NEA staff . ( National Endowment ...
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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 Lisa Dyer, a theatre teacher and troupe director at JR Tucker High School in Richmond, Virginia. Lisa is a Thespian Alum turned theatre teacher, giving her a unique insight into her students’ world. She is a positive presence in the Community, always quick to offer congratulations or provide advice and empathy to ...
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EdTA Advocacy Update August 14, 2018   The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.   EdTA NEWS 80 th Annual High School Play Survey Results Released Some communications channels come and go (think MySpace and Vine) but theatre--and the tradition of the high school play--are both alive and well. According to EdTA's annual high school play survey,  Beauty and the Beast ;  Almost, Maine ; and  Check Please  clinched top billing for most produced musical, full-length play, and short play, respectively, during the 2017-18 school year.   STATE NEWS Got state ...
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