What is EdTA?

What is EdTA?


The mission of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) is to shape lives through theatre education. EdTA honors student achievement in theatre, supports teachers by providing professional resources, and influences public opinion that theatre education is essential for building life skills.


Where You Can
Find Us

You’ll find EdTA in 13 countries and in all 50 U.S. states, with more than 122,000 student and teacher members. And we don’t stop there — EdTA’s influence can be felt everywhere through our Theatre Education Community, an online portal where members and nonmembers alike join discussions, get advice, and learn trends in theatre education.


International Thespian

EdTA is an outgrowth of the International Thespian Society (ITS), the only theatre honorary of its kind for middle and high school students. Since 1929, ITS and its troupes have affirmed the quality of affiliated theatre programs, bringing credibility and distinction to both students and schools. Together, EdTA and ITS give theatre students, teachers, and professionals necessary support to grow their theatre programs and promote the importance of theatre education.


Educational Theatre

EdTA is devoted to building the very community it serves by giving back through our philanthropic arm, the Educational Theatre Foundation, which provides financial support to enhance excellence in theatre education and expand access to K-12 theatre programs to every child.

Through exclusive tools, online publications, events, recognition programs, and more, EdTA and its members help define the future of theatre education worldwide.

Learn more about how EdTA membership can benefit you.