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EdTA has awarded its 2018 Linda P. Wise Grant for Theatre Educators to Heather Achter, theatre teacher and director of Thespian Troupe 7561, at Kings Mountain High School in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. The grant is awarded to an EdTA professional member and theatre educator who presents a well-laid plan for an in-class program in need of financial support. Achter teaches theatre classes ranging from beginner to advanced level and will use the funds to purchase professional stage makeup kits. Her students currently use their own store-bought makeup and materials brought from home. This grant will allow her students the tools and resources to learn the ...
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The EdTA Theatre Education Advocacy Day will take place July 15-16, in Washington, D.C. The event, open to all adult and student members, will be modeled after the organization’s first national theatre education advocacy day held in 2017. Attendees will engage in a day of advocacy training workshops followed by a day of visits to Congressional offices on Capitol Hill. As in 2017, training will be conducted by Americans for the Arts staff, with the support of EdTA leadership and members of the organization’s Advocacy Leadership Network. Along with the workshops, EdTA will present its Legislator Leadership Arts Education Advocacy Award, given annually to a legislator ...
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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  Educational Theatre Association , International Thespian Society , and American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE)  are collaborating 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. The goal of TIOS Month is to not only raise awareness inside the school ...
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Eight schools have been invited to perform on the main stage at the International Thespian Festival (ITF). The invitations are based on productions that were adjudicated last fall; three more will be invited this spring. (Complete list of schools and shows to-date follows.) ITF 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 to be inspired by the best high school theatre in the nation. ...
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In keeping with their mission of supporting emerging writers, the Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) hosted some award-winning student writers at their recent gala in New York City. The winners of the Next Generation Works Thespian Playworks and Thespian Musicalworks writing competitions for members of the International Thespian Society (ITS) were the Foundation’s guests at the invitation of Rachel Routh, DGF Executive Director. The Thespian guests included Thespian Musicalworks  winner Mitchell Huntley, Orange County School of the Arts, Troupe 6826, Santa Ana, Calif.; and Thespian Playworks : winners Sofia Bottinelli, Denver School of the ...
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The Educational Theatre Association’s eleventh annual Democracyworks essay competition, co-sponsored by Samuel French, Inc., will begin accepting entries on December 1. The winner will receive $1,500 toward expenses to attend Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., March 4-5, 2019, plus $250 cash. This year’s prompt is inspired by the by the 90 th anniversary of the International Thespian Society in 2019.  ITS is showcasing the organization’s history—the past, present, and future—with stories from members about how theatre education has made a difference in their lives. The Democracyworks Guidelines explain the prompt this way: “In this challenging era ...
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The following candidates have been nominated by their boards to run for chapter director positions beginning August 1, 2019: Chapter Candidate 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 ...
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The Educational Theatre Association’s Advocacy Leadership Network (ALN) will begin accepting applications for new state chapter members on November 15. Launched in 2017, the ALN is designed to train state adult members in grassroots advocacy efforts on behalf of theatre and other arts education. The network, launched to address a new era of public education led with the passage of the federal  Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA ) in 2015, selected members from 10 states in its first year and added seven more states in 2018. ESSA gave greater responsibility to state and district decision-makers to determine how and what education is delivered to their K-12 ...
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The Educational Theatre Association has released the EdTA High School Theatre Educator Evaluation Workbook , an editable PDF professional development tool for teachers and their administrators. The four-chapter standards-based workbook, available to members as a free download on the EdTA website, was created to address a need among theatre educators seeking to more clearly communicate their classroom practice to administrators who serve as evaluators of teacher effectiveness. The book includes an introductory chapter that guides users—both teachers and administrators—through the steps needed to use it effectively. Chapter 2 provides a checklist of resources ...
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As part of its unprecedented partnership with the  Educational Theatre Foundation  (ETF), Broadway’s new musical comedy  THE PROM  is pleased to announce the winner of its  "Dance with You" contest , Alaina Bozarth, a junior and three-star member of Thespian Troupe 8167 at Metro-East Lutheran High School in Worden, Illinois, south of Springfield. Bozarth won tickets to  THE PROM  as part of a two-night trip to New York, including air fare and a stay at The Time Hotel for herself and a companion . A highlight of the prize is the opportunity for Bozarth to have a one-on-one session with a member of  THE PROM  creative team plus get an exclusive behind the ...
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In an effort to facilitate support within the school theatre community during and after a natural disaster,  EdTA  has made a  response form  available to help match those who need support and those who are able to give support. Millions have been affected and impacted by the most recent hurricanes to hit the Carolinas, Florida, and Georgia. The full extent of damages may not be realized for months. Many troupes have reached out to the National Office asking how they can help. Please go to the Disaster Relief Matchmaking form  to pledge your support. The National Office will work with the affected chapters and troupes to match you with schools that need ...
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The Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) will partner with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) to entrust the management and administration of the nationally-recognized JumpStart Theatre program to the oldest theater for young audiences in the nation. The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), in collaboration with Music Theatre International and iTheatrics, developed and introduced the pilot for JumpStart Theatre in Cincinnati in 2015. In November 2017, STAGES St. Louis and La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, California, were announced as the first two partner theatres, initiating the national expansion of the JumpStart Theatre program.  ...
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The following candidates have been nominated by their boards to run for chapter director positions beginning August 1, 2019:  Georgia Chapter, Paul Hampton   The petition period is now open and any member may declare their candidacy and petition to be included on the ballot. In order to be considered, the candidate must submit the Chapter Director Petition Candidate Vita Form and provide signatures from active adult members by NOVEMBER 15, 2018 . For information and details, contact Diane Carr at chapterrleations@schooltheatre.org
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Michael Daehn of Ball State University 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 the EdTA founders to promote and strengthen theatre education. The award was presented as part of the awards luncheon at EdTA’s National Conference , September 14. Daehn has been at Ball State University for 15 years and currently serves as the associate professor of theatre education and directing. He is ...
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Members of the Educational Theatre Association elected three board members in results announced at the annual meeting held Friday, September 14 at the EdTA National Conference. For the position of vice president/president, the winning candidate is Scott Wilson . Scott Wilson.  Columbus, Ohio. Currently serves EdTA in several roles at the national level including as an International Thespian Officer Adult Advisor and as a member of the Advocacy Leadership Network. Has served on the board of Ohio Thespians for 17 years and for four years as chapter director. Served on the National Core Arts Standards theatre writing team. Has represented EdTA at 11 state ...
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Samuel French, the world’s leading theatrical publishing and licensing company is launching a Natural Disaster Script Bank for high schools nationwide in collaboration with the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA). The Bank, which began its collection in September 2017, will donate scripts to schools whose libraries are lost to natural disasters. In early fall of last year, both Samuel French and EdTA received inquiries for script replacement from high schools whose libraries were destroyed by the likes of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Maria, the California wildfires, and more. In response, Samuel French pledged that for every script purchased at their conference ...
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  The Educational Theatre Association has awarded four members with the EdTA 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 were awarded the 2018 grant: ...
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Some communications channels come and go (think MySpace and Vine) but theatre--and the tradition of the high school play--are both alive and well. According to EdTA's annual high school play survey, Beauty and the Beast ; Almost, Maine ; and Check Please clinched top billing for most produced musical, full-length play, and short play, respectively, during the 2017-18 school year. Gregory Bossler, EdTA’s director of publications said the annual survey largely confirmed each category’s recent main contenders, while noting some shifts. Beauty and the Beast upset The Addams Family ’s three-year hold atop the musicals list, and Peter and the Starcatcher ...
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As part of the late night entertainment at International Thespian Festival, Seth Rudetsky sat down to interview Tony-winning theatre teacher Corey Mitchell and EdTA Executive Director Julie Cohen Theobald for his famous SiriusXM radio show, Seth Speaks . Mitchell's Thespian troupe (5634) is documented in the film  Purple Dreams , bringing the high school premiere of  The Color Purple to International Thespian Festiv
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2018 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 this July in Kansas City.   Gold Honor Chapters:  Arizona Arkansas Georgia Indiana Kansas Missouri New Jersey Ohio Oregon Pennsylvania South Carolina Texas Washington   Silver Honor Chapters: California Maryland Virginia   Bronze Honor Chapters: Nebraska Oklahoma ...
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