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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 current featured mentor is Kathleen Woods , an educator with over 40 years of classroom experience. Kathleen has served as a Thespian troupe director and on the boards for both California State Thespians and the California Educational Theatre Association. Kathleen plans to retire ...
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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 Scott Cooney, the troupe director and theatre arts teacher at Burlington County Institute of Technology-Medford in Medford, New Jersey, home to Troupe 7891. Scott serves on the board of the New Jersey Thespians and has been contributing plenty of helpful tips and advice over the last 6 years. Why do you believe theatre ...
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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 current featured mentor is Sarah Serbus , a theatre teacher and high school troupe director at Union High School in Union, Missouri, home to Thespian Troupe 5406. Sarah is also a Thespian Alum, so she has plenty of knowledge to share about troupe management. How long ...
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      Last week, Mary Anne Carter, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, hosted a phone conference in which she outlined the NEA’s plan to help non-profit arts organizations that have suffered financial hardship due to COVID-19. Upon concluding her overview of the Endowment’s strategy, Carter took questions from the attending leadership of various organizations. The Q&A session, remarkably, lasted for two hours. It needed to, given the stories related by the many organizations about the dire straits they now found themselves in since their doors closed to meet the stay-at-home orders in place, since mid-March. Performances, classes, rehearsals, ...
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I am not a teacher. But I have worked with many teachers over the past thirty-plus years, trying to support the heroic efforts they put forth day after day, year after year towards ensuring that every student has an opportunity to do their very best. More specifically I’ve worked with theatre teachers. You know who you are—the old joke “I work part-time, only 14 hours day” is still darkly funny and, I’m sure true for so many of you. Today things are different. A virus we can’t see or touch has upended everything—for you, me, our family and friends, and of course, students. The New York Times ran a story about a 10-year old homeless girl who was issued an ...
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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 latest featured teaching artist is Devon Glover (aka “ The Sonnet Man ”), a teacher, rapper, poet, and actor from Brooklyn, New York. Devon has taught workshops at EdTA events like our National Conference and International Thespian Festival, as well as in various schools around the country.   What is your favorite thing about being a teaching artist? My favorite thing about being a teaching artist is ...
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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 Chuck Yarmey, troupe director at Wyoming Area Secondary Center in Wyoming, Pennsylvania. Chuck isn’t your “traditional” theatre teacher, but his unique skills, experiences, and training allow him to provide advice on crucial topics like lighting, sound, and set construction. Why do you believe theatre is important? ...
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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 latest featured teaching artist is Adam Michael Rose , an EdTA professional member and dialect expert. Adam has presented workshops at various national and state events, including our International Thespian Festival and National Conference. You can learn even more about Adam by visiting his Teaching Artist Profile .     What is your favorite thing about being a teaching artist? I love helping 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 Nancy Gibson, theatre teacher and troupe director at Case High School in Racine, Wisconsin. Nancy uses her training in non-theatre related areas to provide unique and powerful learning experiences for her students. Tell us about the best day of your career. A highlight of my career happened in November 2019, at ...
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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 tell you more about smaller, interest-based communities outside of the Open Forum . If you log in to your account on our website, head over to the "Community" tab on our blue navigation bar and drop down to "Browse Communities." There you will find an assortment of other groups that you may be interested in perusing.  If you see a blue "join" button next to the group title, it means you are welcome to join the group ...
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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 current featured mentor is Linda Apperson , a stage management expert. Linda has stage managed over 3,000 performances, taught stage management at Stanford and internationally, and even wrote a book on the topic. How long did you teach/have you been 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, I will tell you part about a new part of Community, the  Teaching Artist Directory . This directory was created to help EdTA members find theatre professionals to enhance their students’ classroom experience or easily locate workshop leaders and speakers for events. There are currently 100 teaching artists registered in the directory, experts on topics like choreography, stage combat, improvisation, technical theatre, ...
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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 current featured mentor is William Myatt . William was inducted into the International Thespian Society in high school and has been heavily involved in every aspect of theatre education ever since. He has served in a variety of leadership roles, including Iowa Chapter Director ...
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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 will tell you part about a new part of Community, the Mentor Match program. This unique online networking and career development tool is an EdTA members-only benefit that helps you find, connect, and share experiences with others. As you're contemplating resolutions for the new year, think about a professional goal you'd like to accomplish. Next, use Mentor Match to find an experienced Mentor that can help you achieve ...
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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 Summer Rickman, an EdTA professional member and the Director of Theatre Arts at Hobbs High School in Hobbs, New Mexico. Summer has been participating in the Community for years, earning Bronze Level contributor status, but she has also taught workshops at our National Conference. Her positive and practical advice is always ...
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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, we'll talk about locating and reviewing your own contributions within the Community. Let's say that you've been participating in the Community for several months, and you want to take a look back at a question you posted early on and review the responses again. Or maybe you're curious and just want to know how many times you've posted in the Community.  Both are easy to find through your Community profile. Log ...
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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 latest featured teaching artist is Rosie Best , an EdTA professional member and the Founder/Artistic Director of Issue Box Theatre . In addition to performing and teaching, Rosie is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with a passion for using theatre as a tool to make the world a better place. You can learn even more about the incredible work Rosie is doing by visiting her Teaching Artist Profile .     What ...
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There are undoubtedly a good number of you out there who are just beginning your career as a theatre educator. First of all, let us extend a sincere welcome and CONGRATULATIONS ! You have entered into one of the most rewarding (and at times, challenging) careers that exist. You are undoubtedly bursting with excitement while simultaneously feeling overwhelmed and wondering how on earth you are going to manage to keep all the balls up in the air. Have no fear, we’re here to help! As you delve deeper into the Community , you’ll find incredible resources, new friends from all over the world and answers to questions you didn’t even know you had. To start, here’s ...
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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, we'll talk about the digital ribbons on Community profiles. There are a plethora of digital ribbons available in the Community. They are used to highlight your: -Activity in the Community (Platinum MVM, Blogger) -Relationship with EdTA (EdTA Member, Thespian Alum, Donor, Attendee) -Awards or honors (Hall of Fame, Scholarship Recipient, Honor Chapter) -Participation in EdTA programs (Mentor, Mentee, Teaching Artist) ...
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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 current featured mentor is Scott Wilson . Scott currently serves as the Vice President of the EdTA Board and on the board of Ohio Thespians, and has been heavily involved in the theatre education field for nearly two decades, even finding time to perform on stage in his community. ...
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