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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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An educator who is a member of the Educational Theatre Association may be treated to a trip to New York City for the opening night performance of Hadestown on Broadway compliments of   On The Stage , an online ticketing, show promotion, and audience engagement system for schools, which was inspired to offer this opportunity as a way to salute and celebrate theatre teachers during Theatre in Our Schools Month. The contest runs from March 4-17, 2019. The winner will be selected by a random draw of entrants and active membership will be verified by EdTA. The winner will be announced on Facebook on March 15 and will receive a trip for two ...
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Students, Teachers, and Performers Advocate for TIOS Employers across the globe agree it is essential in today’s workplace to be able to collaborate, communicate, and think critically, as detailed in the Future of the Workforce Study conducted by the World Economic Forum.  These are the 21 st century skills that participation in theatre in school is known to develop, as other independent studies confirm . That’s why during March, as part of Theatre in Our Schools (TIOS) month , thousands of Thespians and theatre educators are taking that message to their communities, school boards, and elected officials, as well as spreading the word online, ...
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The winner of the 2019 Democracyworks essay competition is Brannon Evans (left), Millard West High School Thespian Troupe 5483, Omaha, Nebraska. Her winning essay was one of a record 68 essays submitted by members of the International Thespian Society (ITS) for this year’s competition. First runner up is Lena Dougherty, Middle Township High School, Thespian Troupe 7564, Cape May Court House, New Jersey. Second runner up is Julie Matta, South Tama (Iowa) High School, Thespian Troupe 1038.  The winner earns $250 cash and a trip to the National Arts Action Summit (formerly known as Arts Advocacy Day), the annual Washington, D.C. gathering of arts advocates from ...
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EdTA is excited to announce the addition of an Education Manager to the staff,  Cory Wilkerson , who will be supporting members with new educational resources.  As a part of this effort, over the coming months there will be many opportunities for members to contribute ideas and resources with the first being the “Legendary Lesson Plan” Contest.   Wilkerson explained, “If you have a lesson plan that you created that works so well it’s become legendary, submit it to EdTA by April 15, 2019 for adjudication to become part of a curated set of member resources.  Winners will receive a $25 prize and a chance to win a free registration for EdTA's National Conference ...
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NBC Entertainment has received the Standing Ovation Award from the Educational Theatre Association. 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. The award was accepted by NBC’s Senior Vice President and Creative Director Dean McFlicker (pictured) at the Junior Theater Festival West in Sacramento, Calif. In presenting the award, Jeff Hall—a longtime theatre educator, director of Thespian Troupe 5575, and EdTA volunteer leader—praised NBC for increasing the appreciation of school theatre ...
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As the only magazine written specifically for high school theatre students, Dramatics has been a go-to source for Thespians since 1929. Now, Dramatics can share even more stories from across the Thespian Nation at Dramatics.org . Dramatics.org is the newly launched companion website to Dramatics magazine. While the print edition will continue, Dramatics.org will feature even more of the stories you love, from practical tips on acting, designing, and writing to profiles of Broadway stars and theatre professionals. We’re also adding photo galleries and videos while shining a spotlight on more Thespians and Thespian troupes than ever ...
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Ross Jackson is a Thespian alum from Troupe 1699, Lake Hamilton High School in Pearcy, Arkansas. He is AEA Stage Manager and Instructor of Stage Management at Irvine Valley College, one of only 10 working black male AEA stage managers currently. Jackson earned a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and an MFA in Stage Management from the University of California, Irvine. He gives credit to this Thespian experience for helping him achieve his current success. Jackson recalls, “At my second Thespian conference in Mena, Arkansas in 2007-08 school year I received the Thespian Spirit Award simply ...
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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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