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The Educational Theatre Association offers a variety of options to recognize individuals or schools making outstanding contributions to the field of theatre education. The application process for the 2019-2020 school year is now open. The EdTA   Administrator’s Award   recognizes outstanding school administrators who have demonstrated exemplary support for educational theatre. The EdTA   Hall of Fame Award   is presented annually to up to five EdTA members who have dedicated twenty or more years to promoting educational theatre. The EdTA  Outstanding School Award  is given annually to a maximum of twelve high schools (up to three per region) ...
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This is one part of a  series of blogs  about maximizing your experience with our online Community, not only to help newbies get their bearings but to also help experienced users learn more and take the next steps, or assist others. This blog will cover attaching a file to a discussion post.  Attaching a file to a discussion post is really helpful to illustrate a response or provide additional information. You can easily attach all sorts of files, like photos, lesson plans, video/audio files, etc.  It's also helpful to know that any files shared are automatically saved as a library entry in the Community library. First, type in your question or response ...
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This is one part of a series of blogs about maximizing your experience with our online Community, not only to help newbies get their bearings but to also help experienced users learn more and take the next steps, or assist others. Today, I'll show you how to update your email address. There are a couple ways to do this, depending on what you are trying to accomplish. METHOD 1: If your current email is no longer valid or you want to change the email where you receive all personal EdTA/ITS/Community correspondence. This will also change your access codes. It's important to note that the email address used for Community is tied to your INDIVIDUAL account ...
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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 Thomas “Mack” Dugger, an EdTA professional member. Mack is the very definition of a “Renaissance Man,” with experience in film, television and on stage. He has taught for over 31 years and been a stunt/swordfighter for more than 20 years. He has worked as a radio DJ, volunteered for the Red Cross for three decades, and ...
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The Educational Theatre Association’s Advocacy Leadership Network (ALN) will begin accepting applications for new chapter representatives on November 1. Launched in 2017, the ALN is designed to train adult members in grassroots advocacy efforts on behalf of theatre and other arts education. The network, currently including 22 chapters, was founded to address a new era of public education signaled with the passage of the federal  Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA ) in 2015. ESSA gave greater responsibility to state and district decision makers to determine how and what education is delivered to their K-12 students. According to EdTA Director of Educational ...
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The Educational Theatre Association Nominating Committee has recommended six candidates to compete for two national board director seats. Tracey Buot, Erin Carr, Mark Drum, Shannon Horn, Jennifer Morgan-Beuchat and Mary Schuttler will be on the ballot for the board director positions. EdTA board directors are elected to three-year terms. The election will be conducted by electronic ballot from January 15 to March 1, 2020. The two candidates with the most votes will be seated to begin their terms on July 1, 2020. Here are brief sketches of the candidates. Tracey Buot. Atlanta, Georgia. For the last seven years has taught theatre students at Cambridge ...
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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. If you'd like to receive JumpStart Theatre updates by email, contact JumpStartTheatre@schooltheatre.org. To view previous updates,  click here. Building Confidence in Maryland Pete and Coty Forno, the founders of Mountain City Center for the Arts in Frostburg, Maryland, recently shared a story with us about auditions at one ...
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This is one part of a series of blogs about maximizing your experience with our online Community, not only to help newbies get their bearings but to also help experienced users learn more and take the next steps, or assist others. Today, I'll let you know how to edit your own post.  Everyone makes mistakes, and posts in the Community are certainly not exempt from the dreaded auto correct. Fortunately, users are able to edit their own posts to correct spelling mistakes, add additional information, or even remove something they've determined is no longer accurate. A couple notes before I share the details: -You can only edit your own posts, and you must ...
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We recently launched a new Community program called Teaching Artist Directory . This directory is an EdTA members-only benefit that helps you find skilled theatre professionals to lead workshops in your classroom or at an event.    Our first featured teaching artist is Jerald Bolden , an experienced musical theatre performer and choreographer, as well as EdTA Professional Member. If you’ve attended a recent International Thespian Festival or a chapter event in California, Oregon, Texas, or Georgia, you might already know him or have attended his workshops! Learn more about Jerald and contact him about teaching in your region by visiting his Teaching ...
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This is one part of a series of blogs about maximizing your experience with our online Community, not only to help newbies get their bearings but to also help experienced users learn more and take the next steps, or assist others.  Today, we'll talk about how to use the Member Directory .  There are over 12,000 people in the Open Forum Community. If you are trying to find out if someone you know is a member, the Member Directory is a great tool. You'll find it under the "Community" tab of our navigation bar: When you visit the Member Directory, you'll find a basic search and an advanced search option. The basic search is perfect if you already know ...
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Two schools damaged by recent natural disasters will receive grants to aid their recovery thanks to a grant funded by licensing agency   Music Theatre International ( MTI) via Educational Theatre Foundation. The two schools receiving grants are Washington Middle School of Cairo, Georgia and Palm Bay Prep Academy of Panama City, Florida. Washington Middle School is home to Junior Thespian Troupe 88011. It was impacted by a tornado that hit Cairo in March 2019. Palm Bay Prep Academy has both Thespian Troupe 7949 and Junior Thespian Troupe 89159. It was severely damaged by Hurricane Michael in October 2018. Washington Middle School will use the grant ...
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Earlier this year, we launched a brand new Community program called Mentor Match . This unique online networking and career development tool is an EdTA members-only benefit that helps you find, connect, and share experiences with others. Our Mentor Match spotlight will feature some of the incredible mentors who are available to help you accomplish your professional goals. Our first featured mentor is Gai Laing Jones, a long-time EdTA member, Hall of Fame inductee, former California Chapter Director and the current EdTA Board President. She has written four books to help her fellow theatre educators and has a wealth of knowledge and expertise to share ...
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This is one part of a series of blogs about maximizing your experience with our online Community, not only to help newbies get their bearings but to also help experienced users learn more and take the next steps, or assist others.  Today, we'll talk about how to polish up your Community profile . Why should you update your profile? The Theatre Education Community is a professional resource for the field. Adding a photo and career information can help build relationships, establish trust, and boost your reputation.  How do I get to my profile?  Log in and click on the link in the upper right-hand corner. What should I update? Add a photo. Adding ...
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In 2019, the International Thespian Society (ITS) is marking the 90th anniversary of its founding with a yearlong celebration of the power of theatre education to instill confidence, empathy, and compassion to build better communities. In the 2018-19 school year 59,000 new Thespians were inducted, and since its founding, ITS now counts more than 2.4 million theatre students who have been honored. It was founded in Fairmont, W.Va ., during the 1928-29 school year, chartering its first troupes in April 1929. Today, Thespian troupes are active in all 50 states and 13 countries. The newest troupe, at the Olentangy Berlin High School in in Delaware, ...
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This is one part of a series of blogs about maximizing your experience with our online Community, not only to help newbies get their bearings but to also help experienced users learn more and take the next steps, or assist others. In this blog, I'll tell you all about the Community app to make it even easier to interact with all of the shared online content. Did you know that you can have all of the answers in your pocket? You can with the Theatre Education Community App! It’s available on iTunes or Google Play, perfect for any tablet or smart phone. Search for “theatre education community” in your preferred app store or click on the appropriate link below: ...
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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. If you'd like to receive JumpStart Theatre updates by email, contact JumpStartTheatre@schooltheatre.org. To view previous updates,  click here. Atlanta Announces First Schools Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia publicly announced the first three schools selected to participate in the JumpStart Theatre program in their region: Garrett Middle School ...
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Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the winner of the 2019 Standing Ovation Award from EdTA. 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. Beginning in the 2019-20 school year, BC/EFA will be the charitable partner supporting New Troupe Charter Grants, funding the charter of an International Thespian Society troupe and induction for up to ten students in Title 1 schools with established theatre programs. Julie Cohen Theobald , EdTA’s Executive Director, praised BC/EFA ...
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The Educational Theatre Association is now offering theatre educators a way to expand their theatre teaching skills with professional training tools created by nationally recognized leaders in theatre education and based on EdTA’s standards-focused educator resources. Theatre Educator Pro complements EdTA’s premier educator resources, including the National Theatre Standards, Opportunity to Learn Standards, and Theatre Educator Evaluation Workbook. The site features: An adjudicated bank of curriculum, lesson plans, and units of instruction; rigorously field-tested assessments with student work examples;  training tools for coaching students ...
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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 Shirlee Idzakovich, a professional costume designer and EdTA professional member in New York, New York. Shirlee offers excellent costume tips and advice to fellow Community members in the Open Forum, but she also leads workshops at various events, helped create the National Theatre Standards, and was one of EdTA’s first ...
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This is one part of a series of blogs about maximizing your experience with our online Community, not only to help newbies get their bearings but to also help experienced users learn more and take the next steps, or assist others. In this blog, I'll share some tips and advice to help you write your own blog. What is a blog? A blog is an easy way to share an experience or opinion. It's typically longer than a discussion post, but doesn't necessarily require a response (if you do need a response, post a question in the discussion area ). You can watch a video tutorial about how to create a blog in Community if you would like step-by-step instructions, ...
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