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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 Marie Miguel, the theatre teacher at Indian River High School in Chesapeake, Virginia. Marie also has an adaption of Frankenstein published and available at Stage Plays, with a forthcoming publication of an adaption of Oedipus, also at Stage Plays .   Why do you believe theatre is important? For many people, ...
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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 Suzanne Maguire, the Associate Director of Tiger Drama at Lewis & Clark High School, Washington State Thespians board member, a member of Teaching Artist Alliance, and the owner/coach of SpokaneActing . Suzanne has taught a variety of workshops at EdTA events, helping students and directors expand their acting skills and confidence.   What is your favorite thing about being ...
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Mitchell L Critel is the Technical Director and Production Manager at the University of Evansville. His work has taken him into many different venues and disciplines; Film, Television, Professional Theatre, and recently the University of  Nebraska- Lincoln where he led the BFA and MFA programs in Technical Production and Management.   Being Proactive for your Students and Your Program   As the world shifted from on campus to remote, I found myself trying to wrap my mind around how to teach hands-on production and management classes in an online format in an equitable way. If this stress was not enough,  I was also faced with decisions for an in-house ...
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Donny Covington is the Director of the Technical Theatre Magnet at Richardson High School, in Richardson, Texas.  Donny graduated from University of Dallas with a B.A. in Drama in 2010. He has worked with theater companies all over Dallas since 2008 including: The Dallas Theater Center, The Dallas Shakespeare Festival, Kitchen Dog Theater, The Contemporary Theater of Dallas, Lyric Stage, Upstart Productions, and The Richardson Theatre Center. He joined Nouveau 47 Theatre during its first season in the historic Margo Jones Theater in Fair Park and went on to serve as Artistic Director as well as President of the Board of the Margo Jones Partnership. His credits ...
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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 Maria Stadtmueller, the theatre director at St. Augustine School in Kendall Park, New Jersey. Maria has been providing consistent advice and encouragement to fellow Community members for the last few years. Why do you believe theatre is important? Theatre is important because it gives you a chance to express yourself ...
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Christopher Trevino holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. Chris has designed or operated lighting for venues across the country, including Sea World-San Diego & San Antonio, Dead White Zombies, Cincinnati Ballet, Collin County Ballet Theatre, Santa Fe Opera, Opera New Jersey, ABC News/WFAA-TV, Nevada Ballet, Nevada Conservatory Theatre, Collin Theatre Center, Stagedoor Manor, Six Flags Over Texas, and many more.  He currently serves as the Assistant Technical Director at the UTD and teaches the Technical Theatre classes there. Chris ...
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Weston Keifer is the technical director of the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas Texas.  Through his work at the center he developed BackStage Spotlight, a technical theatre education program.  His program has been able to give technical students elevated training in all the elements of stagecraft. He lives north of Dallas with his beautiful wife, four-year-old son, and has a daughter on the way. Preparing for the New Norm Often administrators don’t see the full value of theatre programs; due to the changes in the world it is now more important than ever for us to prepare and adapt to show the full worth of these programs.  Theatre teachers ...
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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 Christina Vincent, troupe director of Troupe 8975 and Director of Theatre at The Woodhall School in Bethlehem, Connecticut. Christina is a positive and encouraging presence in our online Community, offering helpful feedback and asking thoughtful questions.  What was the first play you ever saw?  I remember ...
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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 Cora Turlish, an EdTA professional member from Metuchen, New Jersey and the Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Rutgers Preparatory School. Cora has been contributing thoughtful advice and generating meaningful dialogue in Community for the last several years. Why do you believe theatre is important? ...
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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 Rebecca Black, a theatre teacher and Thespian troupe director at Wayland Union High School in Wayland, Michigan, home to Troupe 8664. Rebecca has been providing sage advice to fellow community members on topics like community service projects, script selection, building school improv troupes and more.   Why do you ...
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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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