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EdTA is upgrading our member management software to better serve you. This upgrade will provide streamlined operations, integrated technology systems, and advanced features that give you more flexibility to manage your member experience. The change requires us to take some transactional processes offline beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, December 1, and continuing through Friday, December 11. During this time, you’ll still be able to register for Thespian Nation Live , access webinars and lesson plans on Theatre Educator Pro , order items in the Thespian Spirit Shop , post or receive messages in our online forums , and make a donation to ...
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The Educational Theatre Association’s Advocacy Leadership Network (ALN) is now accepting applications for new chapter representatives. 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 26 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. The goal of the ALN is to create a coordinated team of chapter ...
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The Virtual International Thespian Festival ― the ultimate annual celebration of school theatre ― will return June 22-25, 2021. For one week every summer, members of the International Thespian Society and other theatre fans from around the globe gather for performances, interactive workshops led by top teaching artists, and auditions with premier colleges and universities in a community-centered experience like no other. Daily surprises and special appearances by Broadway and Hollywood celebrities mean participants never know who might stop by. Virtual ITF attendees can: Participate in a broad range of workshops highlighting every theatre interest. Enjoy ...
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The Educational Theatre Association Nominating Committee has selected 11 candidates to compete for three national board seats. They have endorsed three candidates for the vice president/president position and eight candidates for two board director positions. The nominees for vice president/president are Krista Carson Elhai, David Tate Hastings, and Scott Walker. The vice president/president serves one five-year term: two years as VP, two years as president, one as past president. Randall Delone Adkison, Tali Allen, Donald Amerson, Sean Elias, Joannarae Ibañez, Darla Jones, Silvia D. Scaife, and Mary Schuttler will be on the ballot for the board director ...
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The Educational Theatre Association’s August survey, “The Impact of COVID-19 on Theatre Education,” has confirmed the profound effect of the pandemic on school theatre throughout the United States, leaving many programs at significant risk in the coming years. The survey queried more than 11,000 middle and high school theatre educators about the status of their programs in the pandemic environment. Nearly 2,400 teachers responded, offering a snapshot of how COVID-19 has reshaped both their teaching methods and student learning opportunities. Analysis shows programs have suffered substantial revenue losses, with 91% of schools forced to cancel performances ...
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The following candidates have been nominated by their boards to run for chapter director positions beginning August 1, 2021: Illinois Chapter ― James Smith Indiana Chapter ― Jeremy Leazenby Bruce & Ray Palasz (co-directors) Iowa Chapter ― No nominations. Kansas Chapter ― Barbara Hilt and Jennifer Morgan-Beuchet (co-directors) Massachusetts Chapter ― Jessica Harms Michigan Chapter ― Jason Pratt Montana Chapter ― Sarah DeGrandpre Nebraska Chapter ― Brooke Phillips and Emili Mokrycki (co-directors) New Jersey Chapter ― Carolyn Little New York Chapter ― Lindsay Shields Ohio Chapter ― Matt Wolfe ...
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                       The United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) and the Educational Theatre Association(EdTA)  have selected 171 schools from 39 states and Taiwan to participate in the BACKstage Technical Theatre Pilot Exam, a digital test for high school students designed to measure their competency in a broad range of technical theatre knowledge. Several thousand students are expected to take the pilot exam, which includes both a pre- and post-test. The pre-test is available between September 8 and October 22, 2020, and the post-test will be conducted April 15 through June 1, 2021.  USITT, the recognized expert in the field of ...
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The Educational Theatre Association Nominating Committee is accepting applications from prospective candidates for positions on the EdTA Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee will select a slate of candidates for two Board director positions and one Vice President/President position for an election that will be conducted online beginning in January 2021, and concluding in March 2021. Any EdTA professional member, including Thespian troupe directors, is eligible to stand for election by filing a  candidate vita form  with the Nominating Committee. The committee has been instructed by the Board to seek two to four candidates for each of the three open ...
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                                A Message from EdTA's Education Manager Cory Wilkerson Whether your return to school involves in-person or virtual classes and productions, or hybrid work, EdTA has you covered with invaluable resources packed full of information, tips, and tools. In Theatre Educator Pro you’ll find: the Resources for Creating Online Learning page that includes top 10 tips for teaching theatre online, complete with a guide written by educators like you who have been there, plus ideas for content which translates well to an online or hybrid teaching situation; “Click to Teach” project-based units that include everything you ...
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Registration for the 2020 National Conference: Future-Proof Your Theatre Program, taking place on September 12-13, is now open! EdTA members who renew before the event attend for free. This is a pivotal moment for theatre education. Theatre is seeking to find its place in the dialogues surrounding race, social isolation, economic hardship, and political discourse. Since theatre teachers are expected to chart a brand-new path for themselves and students, the conference will support educators with accountable, practical solutions and ideas to use throughout the school year. Keynote presentations are by playwright and educator Idris Goodwin , known ...
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2020 Play Survey

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2020 Play Survey   According to the annual school play survey conducted by EdTA , The Addams Family , Clue, and Check Please received top billing for the most produced musical, full-length play, and short play, during the 2019-20 school year, which was cut short by the closures required by the COVID-19 pandemic. Conducted every year since 1938, EdTA’s annual survey of the plays and musicals most frequently produced in America’s middle and high schools provides a snapshot of what resonates with teens, their teachers, families, and communities. This year’s survey will have a figurative asterisk indicating the incomplete season schools ...
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2020 Honor Chapters

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The Educational Theatre Association established the Honor Chapter Program to recognize those chapters that do tremendous work and deserve acknowledgment for their high-level of excellence. The following chapters were recognized at the national EdTA Virtual Leadership Summit July 22-24. Gold Honor Chapters: • Arkansas • California • Georgia • Indiana • Mississippi • Nebraska • Nevada • New Jersey • Ohio • Oregon • Pennsylvania • Texas • Virginia • Washington • West Virginia Silver Honor Chapters: • British Columbia Bronze Honor Chapters: • Illinois • Montana
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EdTA annually awards this scholarship to a graduating senior entering a college program to major in musical theatre. This year’s recipient is Sophia Hillman of Olathe North High School in Olathe,Kansas,home of Thespian Troupe 3310. Hillman was inducted into the International Thespian Society, in 2017. She served her troupe as secretary and president. Recently, Hillman played Mama Murphy in Bright Star after directing Elf the Musical for her troupe. She performed in 29 productions during her school career. Hillman plans to attend Wichita State University this fall, pursuing a BFA in musical theatre. She says, “Theatre is the perfect platform where anyone ...
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New members of the Board of Directors, elected by members of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) in March, begin their terms July 1. They will serve for three years. The new members of the Board of Directors are Erin Carr, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Mark Drum, Astoria, New York. Joining them to start her term as an appointed member is Carolina Garcia of Los Angeles, California, who will serve for four years. Erin Carr  is a Thespian alum of Troupe 5433, St. Ursula Academy in Cincinnati. An EdTA professional member, Carr is an independent theatre contractor who has served as a teaching artist for EdTA as well as a dozen nationally recognized theatre companies. ...
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Theatre teacher Greg Shaw has been honored with the International Thespian Society (ITS) Spirit of Thespis Award. A discretionary honor it may recognize up to three schools or individuals that, when faced with a serious challenge, demonstrated grace under pressure. Shaw is the Director of Theatre at Pittsburg High School in Kansas and serves as the director of Thespian Troupe 3149. He has taken numerous productions to Kansas Thespian Festival including the 2020 opening show Pippin , and to the International Thespian Festival including in 2019, Bring It On , the Kansas Thespians All State Musical. He also serves on the Kansas Thespians Board of Directors.  ...
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Six students have been elected to represent the student voice in the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) and International Thespian Society (ITS) as International Thespian Officers (ITO) for the 2020-21 school year. They are from Florida, Kansas, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Washington. These officers work year-round with EdTA staff, chapter leaders, and Thespians from across the globe to nurture strong student leaders, advocate for the arts, fundraise for accessibility, and create the best experience possible for students. ITO are elected by their peers who are members of the new International Thespian Student Leadership Council ...
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The International Thespian Excellence Awards, or Thespys™ for short, recognize the highest level of achievement in school theatre performance and technical theatre. The inaugural International Thespian Excellence Awards go to just 21 students in two countries, and seven states. This educational program (formerly National Individual Events) gives Thespians the opportunity to receive constructive feedback on prepared theatrical material and technical designs. Students who achieve overall Superiors at their chapter event and earn the top scores in their category at the International Thespian Festival earn International Thespian Excellence Awards. As ...
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Corey Mitchell, head of the musical theatre department of Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte, North Carolina is the recipient of the inaugural Stephen Schwartz Musical Theatre Teacher of the Year Award presented by The ASCAP Foundation and the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA). The annual award recognizes the highest level of achievement for a high school or middle school musical theatre teacher and comes with a $5,000 cash prize. This prestigious award is made possible by a grant from the Annenberg Foundation made in honor of Stephen Schwartz. The award was presented personally by Stephen Schwartz and the award judges, lyricist/librettist ...
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The Educational Theatre Association has released its Recommendations for Reopening School Theatre Programs guide. Created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is intended to help schools nationwide decide how to best restart their theatre programs safely in the fall and into the future. Written by a team of EdTA staff and vetted by the organization’s Chapter directors national Board,  and  Advocacy Leadership Network, the Recommendations guide suggests protocols, specific advisories, and resources regarding live and virtual performance, curriculum, instruction, and resources, and includes an extensive list of documents that also offer guidance for restarting ...
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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 , 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 elected officials, demonstrating how their ...
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