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EdTA annually awards the Melba Day Henning Theatre Education Scholarship to a graduating senior who is an inducted Thespian, and is working toward a career in theatre education. This year’s recipient is  Victoria Turk , of Troupe 4739, Sequoyah High School in Canton, Ga. The scholarship provides $1,000 a year, and is renewable for up to $4,000. Turk is currently pursuing a major in theatre education and a minor in musical theatre and dance at Columbus State University. Reminiscent of her scholarship’s namesake, in her application Turk says, “Performance alone will never be enough for me; I want to inspire future generations through this astounding art ...
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Students who are members of the  International Thespian Society  (ITS) from Alabama, California, Kansas, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, and Texas will be financially assisted in their college studies thanks to scholarships established by current and former leaders of  the Educational Theatre Association  (EdTA). The scholarships are for a variety of areas of theatre and related study including: technical theatre, theatre education, marketing, student achievement, and leadership. Scholarships for leadership and achievement are: The  Educational Theatre Association Presidents’ Leadership Scholarship  is created with donations from and in honor ...
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Students who are members of the International Thespian Society (ITS) from Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Beijing will all be able to attend the International Thespian Festival (ITF) this year thanks to grants established by former leaders of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), which has produced ITF since 1941. ITF, which takes place June 24-29, is an immersion in all facets of theatre arts for high-achieving middle and high school drama students. It features student productions on four professional stages, hundreds of workshops, and dozens of opportunities for students to audition for college admission and scholarships. ...
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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 to instill confidence, empathy, and compassion to build better communities. ITS, the honor society of middle and high school students who participate in theatre in their schools, is a program of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA). It was founded in Fairmont, W.Va ., during the 1928-29 school year, chartering its first troupes in April 1929. Today, EdTA reaches into nearly every corner of North America and beyond. It has 135,000 active members, publishes two bimonthly magazines, operates the ...
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This summer EdTA is introducing a series of six live professional development webinars. Education Manager Cory Wilkerson says, “While students are out of school for the summer is a good time for teachers to focus on their own professional development." EdTA polled members to learn what topics were most important for them. The survey generated more than 2,000 responses, with requests for technical theatre topics, acting, and directing ranking the highest. Wilkerson added, “We also have had requests for help building curriculum, so there are webinars planned for this as well.” Executive Director Julie Cohen Theobald says, “I am proud to launch the newest ...
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The Educational Theatre Foundation is pleased to announce that three California high schools damaged by last year’s fires will receive grants to aid their recovery thanks to a grant funded by licensing agency Music Theatre International ( MTI). The  2018 wildfire season  was the most destructive on record in  California , according to the  California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection  and the  National Interagency Fire Center . The MTI California Fire Relief Grants offers grants to high school and middle school theatre programs in California that were negatively impacted by wildfires in 2018. Petaluma High School, impacted by the Camp ...
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The Board of Directors of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) has appointed Jeff Whiting to a term on the Board from July, 2019 through June, 2023. Whiting is a director and choreographer for theatre, opera, television, special events and concerts around the world and acclaimed as a ‘director with a joyous touch’ by the New York Times . His Broadway credits include: Bullets Over Broadway, Big Fish, The Scottsboro Boys, Hair, Young Frankenstein, and Wicked.  Whiting, also the creator and founder of Stage Write Software, the standard method for documenting choreography, and the Founding Artistic Director of The Open Jar Institute, a premiere ...
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The 2019 International Thespian Festival (ITF), the nation’s leading high school theatre festival, will kick off with a high-energy show featuring favorite musical numbers from throughout the years at ITF and will feature a closing tribute number written especially for Thespians by legendary playwright, composer, and Thespian alum, Andrew Lippa.  ITF, produced by the  Educational Theatre Association  (EdTA),  celebrates student achievement in the performing arts. The 56th event, which this year takes place June 24-29, brings together more than 4,500 high school drama students and their teachers for a weeklong immersion in workshops; interaction with colleges, ...
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EdTA recognizes individuals who have inspired their students and dedicated themselves to providing quality theatre education with the Inspirational Theatre Educator Award. Veteran theatre educators and EdTA members Richard Fairchild , Rebekah Hess , and Alissa Vogelgesang will each receive this award at EdTA’s National Conference . Richard Fairchild of Arcadia High School in Phoenix, Arizona, home to Thespian Troupe 320, was recognized in his nomination for his connection to students and dedication to their growth. He uses his own imagination to inspire creativity in the classroom, demonstrating the power and possibilities of theatre education. ...
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Each year, EdTA recognizes International Thespian Society  troupe directors, emeritus members, and other professional members who have dedicated themselves to the cause of theatre education for more than 20 years. Nominations for recognition are carefully reviewed by EdTA and are chosen using highly competitive criteria.The 2019 theatre educators to be inducted into the EdTA Hall of Fame include: James Thomas Bailey of Napa, California; Lynn Jensen of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Tony Matthes of Edina, Minnesota; Jennifer Morgan-Beuchat of Leavenworth, Kansas; and Robert Fowler of Chesterfield, Missouri. Ceremonies will take place in New York City at ...
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Students from the Academy of the Pacific Rim in Hyde Park, Massachusetts, home to Thespian Troupe 6647, have been selected to attend the International Thespian Festival (ITF), thanks to the Educational Theatre Association ’s Send a Troupe to Festival grant. This prestigious grant will cover the troupe’s travel and registration expenses. The students of Troupe 6647 will represent the community’s growing theatre program along with more than 4,000 students from around the country and the world. The International Thespian Festival is a celebration of student achievement in the performing arts, produced by the Educational Theatre Association. The 56th event, ...
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The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) recognizes schools whose theatre programs exemplify and promote high standards of quality in educational theatre with the Outstanding School Award. This year only four schools in the nation were honored: James A. Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington; Leavenworth Senior High School in Leavenworth, Kansas; Lewis & Clark High School in Spokane, Washington; and Woodmont High School in Piedmont, South Carolina. The James A. Garfield High School theatre program, home to Thespian Troupe 5417 under the direction of Stewart Hawk, was recognized for creating a professional and collaborative theatre ...
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Theatre in Our Schools (TIOS) Month is a campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of theatre education and draw attention to the need for more access to quality programs for all students. While activities may take place any time, March is designated the official month for TIOS. The TIOS campaign is jointly sponsored nationally by the  American Alliance for Theatre & Education , the  Educational Theatre Association , and the  International Thespian Society . Thousands of students and theatre educators from hundreds of schools across the nation spread the word online, in their communities, school boards, and to elected officials, demonstrating ...
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The International Thespian Society (ITS) annually recognizes up to three individuals who have gone above and beyond in their role as a volunteer. The Honorary Thespian of the Year Award honors those adults who have selflessly given their time and ability to help a Thespian or Junior Thespian troupe with set construction, chaperoning, fundraising, advocacy, and more. This year’s Honorary Thespians are Brent Kelderman , Math teacher and theatre volunteer for Millard West High School’s Thespian Troupe 5483; and Andy Turner , Junior High Project Lead the Way Teacher and theatre volunteer with Smith-Cotton High Schools’ Thespian Troupe 4261. Brent Kelderman ...
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The Educational Theatre Association recognizes outstanding individuals who have gone above and beyond in their role as a school administrator, demonstrating exemplary support for educational theatre. This year’s Administrator’s Awards go to: Jon Bullock , executive director, Redmond Proficiency Academy in Redmond, Oregon ; Paul Griep , principal, Har-Ber High School in Springdale, Arkansas; and Wade Norton , principal, Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia, Missouri. ­­­­ Executive Director Jon Bullock at Redmond Proficiency Academy, home to Thespian Troupe 7715, has fostered the growth of the school’s theatre department. After the program lost its previous ...
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Next Generation Works is a suite of programs designed to promote original writing by and for high school student members of the International Thespian Society (ITS). The programs include Thespian Musicalworks , Thespian Playworks , Thespian Filmworks , and Thespian Criticworks . Finalists are invited to attend the International Thespian Festival (ITF), where the student writers work with professional directors, dramaturgs, musical directors, and volunteer actors to present their short works before a live audience. We are pleased to announce the following finalists. Thespian Musicalworks finalists: Jared Goudsmit and Max Reinert ...
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The Educational Theatre Association is pleased to announce that Allison Dolan has joined the organization as Chief Content Officer as of April 1. As CCO, Dolan will lead all content operations supporting EdTA’s mission. Previously, Dolan spent 19 years at F+W Media, with her most recent role overseeing the publisher’s Cincinnati-based brands, including Writer’s Digest, Family Tree, and Popular Woodworking. At F+W, Dolan led and provided oversight for publications, marketing and communications, online education, and events. Dolan also has extensive editorial experience; she served as editor in chief of Family Tree Magazine for almost a decade and earned ...
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Three additional schools* have been invited to perform on the main stage at the nation’s leading high school theatre festival. They join eight schools announced previously this year.  (Complete list of schools and shows to-date follows.) The  International Thespian Festival , (ITF)  produced by the  Educational Theatre Association  (EdTA),  celebrates student achievement in the performing arts. The 56th event, which this year takes place June 24-29, brings together more than 4,000 high school drama students and their teachers for a weeklong immersion in workshops;  interaction with colleges, industry leaders, and Broadway professionals; and opportunities ...
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To Kill a Mockingbird presented 400 middle and high school students with a special performance at the Library of Congress on Tuesday in support of Theatre in Our Schools Month, which is held annually in March. The students, from schools in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, are members of the International Thespian Society, the honor society for drama students. The group was welcomed by Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, U.S. House of Representatives. To Kill a Mockingbird,  Harper Lee’s enduring story of racial injustice and childhood innocence,   is one of America’s most popular works of fiction. The entire ...
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Congratulations to the following who will begin/continue to serve as chapter director August 1, 2019 to July 31, 2023: Alabama - Jamie Stephenson Arizona - Jenell Riordan Arkansas - Marissa Arnold California - Stacy Castiglione and Michele Richardson Hawaii - Julia LoPresti Idaho -Sterling Blackwell Kentucky - Carolyn Greer Louisiana - Kristi Jacobs and Cherie Firmin Nevada - Sharon Chadwick and Krysta Phenix North Carolina - Chris Veneris and Medina Demeter Oregon - Jo Strom Lane South Carolina - Joe Timmons III Tennessee - Mark Saltalamachia Virginia - Tori Kesling and Anthony Cimino-Johnson Washington - Stewart Hawk and Kristina ...
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