The Educational Theatre Association offers a variety of options to recognize individuals or schools making outstanding contributions to the field of theatre education. Click on the name of each award to learn more about eligibility requirements and complete a nomination. Nominations for the 2015-2016 school year must be received by February 15, 2016. Past recipients of awards can be viewed in the Awards library.
The Educational Theatre Association Administrator’s Award recognizes outstanding school administrators who have demonstrated exemplary support for educational theatre.
The Educational Theatre Association 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 Educational Theatre Association Outstanding School Award
is given annually to a maximum of twelve high schools (up to three per
region) with theatre programs that exemplify and promote high standards
in educational theatre.
The International Thespian Society Inspirational Theatre Educator Award
recognizes up to three individuals annually who have inspired their
students and dedicated themselves to providing quality theatre
The International Thespian Society Honorary Thespian of the Year Award recognizes up to three individuals annually who have gone above and beyond the standard duties of a volunteer.
Nominations for the following awards are made by the EdTA Board of Directors or staff:
The Educational Theatre Association’s Founders’ Award
is presented to an individual or group who have 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 founders to promote and strengthen theatre
The Educational Theatre Association’s President’s Award
is presented to an individual who has made exceptional contributions to
the Association, EdTA President, board of directors, or volunteer
leadership of EdTA.
The Educational Theatre Association’s Standing Ovation Award recognizes companies or corporations who support the principles and mission of the Association.
The Educational Theatre Association's Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes individuals who support the Association through exceptional volunteer efforts
The International Thespian Society Spirit of Thespis Award recognizes up to three schools that when faced with a serious challenge demonstrated grace under pressure.