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    The Educational Theatre Association’s 12th annual Democracyworks essay competition, with funding support from Concord Theatricals, is now accepting entries. The winner will receive $1,500 toward expenses to attend the National Arts Action Summit (formerly Arts Advocacy Day) in Washington, D.C., March 30-31, 2020, plus $250 cash. The prompt for this year’s contest was inspired by 2019 EdTA National Conference keynote speaker Jane Chu, former chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts, who spoke about how theatre helps create a culture where students can feel like they belong to a community that honors different perspectives and while bringing ...
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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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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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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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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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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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(l-r) EdTA Board President Gai Laing Jones, Dr. Mary Schuttler, EdTA Executive Director Julie Cohen Theobald Dr. Mary Schuttler of the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) has been honored with the Educational Theatre Association ’s Founders’ Award which   is presented to an individual or group who has made significant contributions to the growth and development of theatre education, research, and practice. The award recognizes work that supports the principles and mission of its founders to promote and strengthen theatre education. The award was presented as part of the awards luncheon at EdTA’s National Conference , September 20. Dr. ...
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EdTA is launching a series of monthly webinars to help members make the most of their membership. Hosted by Executive Director Julie Cohen Theobald and featuring different guest speakers from the staff, volunteer leaders, and active members who are topic experts, the Town Hall series will give members the opportunity to learn more about programs and services, as well as engage with EdTA staff and leaders. The first webinar, Tuesday, Oct. 15th at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time,  is a primer on EdTA’s Theatre Education Community : EdTA Community Engagement Manager Ginny Butsch and Josh Kauffman, a ‘Platinum Most Valuable’ Community participant, will explain how members ...
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The new name reflects EdTA’s dedication to supporting excellence in the theatre arts by recognizing the highest level of achievement in school theatre performance and technical theatre. Exactly the same as in the National Individual Events (NIEs), each student is evaluated against established, national standards-based rubrics. All students who achieve overall Superiors at their chapter and earn the top scores in their category at the International Thespian Festival will earn International Thespian Excellence Awards, or Thespys TM for short. All Thespy Award Winners will be honored on the main stage at the International Thespian Festival Showcase, ...
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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 for an election that will be conducted online beginning January 15, 2020, and concluding March 1, 2020. 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 two open seats. “The EdTA Board invites leaders ...
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This fall EdTA is continuing to offer live professional development webinars.  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. The webinars, which are for EdTA members only, are held twice a month. For questions about any webinar, please contact Education Manager   Cory Wilkerson . Technical Theatre Curriculum Toolkit Sep 5, 2019 7:30 P.M. Eastern B.K. Goodman, theatre educator Join Texas theatre educator B.K. Goodman as he shares his "Tech Theatre Tool Kit" and describes how he ...
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Sponsored by BookTix , the Educational Theatre Association has awarded seven members with the BookTix National Conference Grant for Theatre Educators in support of professional development. This grant was developed to: assist EdTA members in reaching a higher level of professional achievement by participating in EdTA’s National Conference; assist EdTA members with the cost of professional development and create access to valuable continuing education and networking opportunities; and enhance the knowledge and skills of experienced theatre educators so that they can better contribute to their school, students, and the profession. The following members ...
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According to the annual high school play survey conducted by EdTA, The Addams Family ; Almost, Maine ; and Check Please received top billing for the most produced musical, full-length play, and short play, respectively, during the 2018-19 school year. Conducted every year since 1938, EdTA’s annual survey of the plays and musicals most frequently produced in America’s high schools provides a showcase and a snapshot of what resonates with teens, their teachers, families, and communities.   Gregory Bossler, EdTA’s director of publications said, “Over time, this survey reveals both enduring patterns and new developments. Patterns for frequently ...
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2019 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 Leadership Summit  July 17-19  in Washington, D. C.    Gold Honor Chapters:  Arkansas California Indiana New Jersey Texas Washington Silver Honor Chapters: Georgia Kansas Missouri Nevada Ohio Bronze Honor Chapters: Illinois Massachusetts Montana South Carolina West Virginia Watch for the photo album ...
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The Educational Theatre Association  (EdTA) annually awards the Legislator Leadership Award for Arts Education to a legislator who has demonstrated public leadership in support of theatre and other arts education policy and practice on a national or state level. This year’s recipient is Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY-21), who accepted the award at EdTA’s Theatre Education Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., July 16. The award was created to demonstrate and support the association’s ongoing and growing national and state advocacy efforts on behalf of theatre and other arts education. Legislators are considered based on specific actions and outcomes that ...
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The Educational Theatre Association is pleased to announce that the Next Generation Works program is being sponsored by the National Theater Institute, the undergraduate training arm of the prestigious Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.     Amanda Ritchie, Director of College Relations for the  National  Theater  Institute  shares,  “ For 55 years the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center – which pioneered new play development and originated the ‘staged reading’ – has been the ‘Launchpad of American Theater.’  Recognized for training and supporting new work and new artists with two Tony Awards and the National Medal of Arts, we are proud to sponsor ...
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Gai Laing Jones   of Ojai, Calif. is beginning her two-year term as President of the Educational Theatre Association board. Jones was elected in 2016 and served as vice president from 2017 until now. Jones is a longtime theatre educator having served for 34 years as theatre and troupe director at El Dorado High School, in addition to instructing at several California colleges, theatres, workshops, and festivals as a teaching artist. She is the founder of CA Youth in Theatre and the author of  Raising the Curtain, Activities for the Theatre Arts Classroom  and  Break a Leg, Tips for the Theatre Educator . She has also served EdTA as California chapter director. ...
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The Educational Theatre Association’s President’s Award  recognizes an individual who has made exceptional contributions to the Association, EdTA President, board of directors, or volunteer leadership of EdTA. The 2019 recipient is Bob Henrichs of Lincoln, Nebraska.  Elected to the EdTA Hall of Fame in 2012 Henrichs spearheaded the effort to establish a new home for the International Thespian Festival (ITF) at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln (UN-L), his alma mater in 1994, succeeding in moving it from its previous site at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. ITF, produced by EdTA, is the premier high school theatre festival in the nation, attracting ...
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