Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals


Supporting and training theatre students and educators by providing professional development, instruction, networking opportunities, resources, and recognition is at the core of Educational Theatre Association’s mission. EdTA seeks proposals from teaching artists for presentations at three national events in 2017: the Junior Thespian Festival, the International Thespian Festival, and the EdTA National Conference.

Thank you for your interest in teaching!

Why submit a proposal?

  • Share the transformative experience of theatre with others.
  • Increase your recognition and experience as a national teaching artist.
  • Network and gain connections.
  • Most teaching artists at EdTA events are eligible for a presenter’s stipend.
  • Receive a one year complimentary EdTA professional membership.
  • Receive complimentary registration to the event at which you present.

Junior Thespian Festival

February 10, 2017, Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento, CA

JTF West
EdTA has partnered with iTheatrics to jointly conduct JTF West, a new theatre festival for middle school students. The new event begins with a day of activities exclusively for Junior Thespian troupes. Students will choose from dozens of workshops, collect feedback from theatre professionals, and enjoy learning new technical theatre skills and celebrating their accomplishments. The day culminates in a showcase of the top National Individual Events (NIE) participants performing for all JTF West attendees.

Proposal submissions for the Junior Thespian Festival are now closed.

International Thespian Festival

June 19-24, 2017, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

There will be drama.
Every summer, thousands of high school Thespians bring their love of all things theatre to the International Thespian Festival, a celebration of student achievement in the performing arts. Organized by the Educational Theatre Association and hosted by the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Festival is a one-of-a-kind, weeklong immersion experience in singing, dancing, acting, designing, directing, creating, writing, and memory-making. Festival features workshops presented by theatre professionals, individual and group performances, programs for technical theatre students, and opportunities to audition for college admission and scholarships.

EdTA seeks teaching artists and presenters on a wide array of theatrical topics for students and educators of all skill levels.

Proposal submissions for the International Thespian Festival are now closed.

2017 EdTA National Conference

September 14-17, 2017, Sheraton Music City, Nashville, TN

The EdTA National Conference is held each year to provide educators with the opportunity to meet and network with their peers during an event featuring a wide range of professional development content. In 2017, we will explore one of the most important new trends in education in recent years: the integration of the sciences, math, and the arts subject areas to help prepare students for college, career and life readiness. Join us for The Rise of STEAM—Real World Theatre Education for the 21st Century. Conference 2017 explores the impact of STEAM on middle and high school theatre education through workshops, keynotes, and information sharing opportunities.

EdTA seeks teaching artists and presenters for the 2017 EdTA National Conference that address a broad range of theatrical topics including, acting, directing, tech theatre, playwriting, curriculum, choreography and beyond. This year we also seek presenters and learning opportunities that focus on the conference theme STEAM—science, technology, engineering, arts, and math—and how it can be articulated in theatre education.

Proposal submissions for the 2017 EdTA National Conference are now closed.

Teaching formats

Sixty minute workshops are only offered at the Junior Thespian Festival. These participatory and enriching presentations are geared specifically for middle school theatre students.

Ninety minute workshops provide an engaging and enriching learning experience for students and teachers of all skill levels and interests.

Professional Development Intensives (PDIs) are six-hour interactive opportunities for theatre educators. Certification of PDI completion and graduate level credit are available to class participants.

Three hour master classes are only offered at the EdTA National Conference. They provide deep-dive skill-building experiences for theatre educators to develop and expand their professional knowledge.

For more information contact Betsy Singer-Lefton.

Interested in teaching at an EdTA event? Submit your proposal below!