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Welcome to the EdTA Advocacy Update July 20, 2017 The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education   EdTA NEWS The Educational Theatre Association Launches Legislator Advocacy Award : The Educational Theatre Association will award the first EdTA Legislator Leadership Award for Arts Education to Congressman Leonard Lance, who represents New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District.   NATIONAL NEWS AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS STATEMENT ON ACTION BY THE U.S. HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE INTERIOR : T he U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, ...
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July 19, 2017 The Educational Theatre Association ( EdTA ) has honored two members with the annual Volunteer of the Year Award: Hunter Bell, Tony-nominated writer, New York; and Krista Carson Elhai, International Thespian Society Troupe 2129 director and theatre teacher, Claremont, California. Bell and Elhai also both serve on the EdTA Board of Directors. Bell was recognized for his leadership in planning the Broadway Back to School fundraiser in New York, and Carson Elhai was recognized for her leadership in planning the Thespians Go Hollywood fundraiser in Los Angeles. Both volunteers connected with Broadway and Hollywood stars, recruited them ...
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Auditions are tricky.  The dread you feel at the inevitable heartbreak is balanced with the joy of seeing all the possibilities for your show and students.  With over 80 students auditioning for our shows, we’ve learned a lot of lessons and streamlined our approach. Our goal is for students to have fun with auditions while still showcasing their abilities. At our annual end-of-the-year banquet, we announce the shows of the upcoming season.  The next day, we make scripts available to our company members for each show.  Our students eagerly devour the material, often reading a script that very same weekend. For most students, they will read the scripts over ...
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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 Myndee Washington, the Director of Theatre at Millennium Academy in New Port Richey, Florida. Millennium Academy is home to Junior Thespian Troupe 88621 and Thespian Troupe 6630, Myndee leads both. Myndee has experience acting, directing and designing costumes, the latter earning her the 2014 title of ...
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June 24, 2017 The Educational Theatre Association will award the first EdTA Legislator Leadership Award for Arts Education to Congressman Leonard Lance, who represents New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District. Congressman Lance, a Republican, will accept the award at the opening luncheon of EdTA’s Summit Advocacy Program in Alexandria, Virginia, on July 20. The new EdTA award, to be given annually, was created to demonstrate and support the association’s ongoing and growing national and state advocacy efforts on behalf of theatre and other arts education. Legislators will be considered based on specific actions and outcomes that have demonstrated ...
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Welcome to the EdTA Advocacy Update July 5, 2017                                                                              The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education   EdTA NEWS Get to know 2017 board candidates : The slate of candidates for the 2017 Educational Theatre Association Board of Directors election has been finalized. The election will begin on August 11 by way of online balloting. All members in good standing as of August 3 will be eligible to vote.    NATIONAL NEWS With Trump targeting arts funding, the NEA might just have announced ...
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June 30, 2017 The slate of candidates for the 2017 Educational Theatre Association Board of Directors election has been finalized. The filing period for ballot petitions has expired without any petitions having been filed. Thus the ballot will carry the five names put forward by the EdTA Nominating Committee for two director seats. The election will begin on August 11 by way of online balloting. All members in good standing as of August 3 will be eligible to vote. Members will receive voting instructions via email on August 11, making it essential that members’ information is up to date with EdTA’s membership department. Voting will close on September ...
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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 . Announcing the 2017-18 JumpStart Theatre season! We're excited to share the shows each of our nine schools have selected to produce next school year.  Performance dates will be shared at a later time, but generally occur March-April. How do schools select their shows? The number of available options to perform can be fairly overwhelming, so we've ...
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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 Mark A. Zimmerman, the theatre director and troupe director at Akron School for the Arts in Akron, Ohio, home to Thespian troupe 5570. Under Mark’s leadership, Akron won the Educational Theatre Association’s Outstanding School Award in 2013 and regularly attends our Thespian Festival. He has earned a silver ...
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June 24, 2017 Peter Sargent of Webster 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. With 50 years of service at Webster University as a dean, chair, and teacher, Sargent has guided hundreds of students through the school’s stellar musical theatre program. Many of those students first encountered him as “the man in plaid” ...
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Welcome to the EdTA Advocacy Update June 20, 2017   The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education   EdTA NEWS Grants to attend the Educational Theatre Association National Conference: The Educational Theatre Association offers several options for financial aid to individuals or troupes wanting to partake in our organization as well as our national events. Deadline: July 1, 2017.    NATIONAL NEWS Economic Impact of the Nonprofit Arts & Culture Industry : Nationally, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $166.3 billion of economic ...
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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 Michael Hancey, troupe director at Laramie High School in Laramie, Wyoming, home to Thespian Troupe 4835. As an experienced musical theatre teacher, Michael frequently advises his fellow Community members on curriculum development, orchestration, locating music and tracks and just about anything else you’d ...
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Good afternoon, all!      My name is Courtney Wright, a short-term intern in the Advocacy Department here at EdTA, as well as a proud alumni of troupe 4777. I'd like to share a bit about a project I worked on with my troupe, as well as some useful tools if you see the value in doing this within your own troupe.            I'll jump right in.  What:      There currently exists no large-scale quantitative data collection and research specifically on theatre students. This shouldn't come as a surprise; attaining a state by state stratified sample of students highly-involved in theatre is no easy feat. This is entirely theoretical, but perhaps this ...
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Welcome to the EdTA Advocacy Update May 30, 2017 The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education   EdTA NEWS Nominating Committee approves five candidates : The Educational Theatre Association’s Nominating Committee has tapped five candidates to vie for two director seats in this year’s EdTA board election. The top two vote-getters among the five will be seated.   NATIONAL NEWS Trump FY2018 Budget Proposal Calls for Elimination of NEA Funding : President Trump’s detailed budget for FY2018 was released on May 23, and this  proposed  budget shows an elimination ...
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  Hyenas from The Lion King JR .   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 Kristin Hall, an EdTA Member who serves as the Drama Director for Lincoln Public Schools in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Kristin is a bronze level contributor who has worked with students in middle school and high school and always has a smart idea or lesson to ...
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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 . Take a bow! The second annual JumpStart Theatre Showcase on May 2 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts was an exciting success. The moment the students stepped into the grand lobby of the Aronoff, there were gasps and squeals of excitement as they took in their impressive surroundings.   After getting familiar with the space and a quick rehearsal, the audience ...
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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 . Introducing Class III! Thanks to our generous donors, we were able to add another three schools to the JumpStart Theatre program in Cincinnati. Clark Montessori High School, Oyler School, and Roberts Academy will begin their journey with us this fall. We invited teachers and administrators from each school to the EdTA National Office for an orientation earlier ...
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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 . Curtain up! March was an exciting month for JumpStart Theatre schools because the teachers attended the third and final Bootcamp of the year and the students were finally able to perform. All of the schools put on stellar productions and were rewarded with enthusiastic applause from large audiences.  First up was Holmes Midde School , performing Schoolhouse ...
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Educational Theatre Association was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Frank Stewart, who taught workshops for high school students and educators for more than 30 years through the International Thespian Society and the Educational Theatre Association. For decades, he also supported the main stage adjudication process for the International Thespian Festival and served on numerous ITF committees. In 1990, he was given the EdTA Founder’s Award for making 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 founders to promote and ...
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