September 16, 2016
Members of the Educational Theatre Association elected a new vice president/president and two board members in results announced at the annual meeting held Friday, September 16 at the EdTA National Conference. They also approved three terminology clarifications in the Code of Regulations: one regarding ex officio members as voting members of committees, one regarding the composition of the nominating committee, and one regarding the definitions of secretary and treasurer.
For the Board of Directors office of vice president/president the winning candidate is Gai Jones.
Jones is from Ojai, California. She has been a theatre educator and director at the high school and college levels since 1964, including thirty-four years at El Dorado High School, Placentia, California, where she directed the Thespian troupe. She has just completed a term on the EdTA board, and is a former California chapter director. She is the author of Raising the Curtain: Activities for the Theatre Arts Classroom.
Jones will serve a two-year term as vice president beginning August 1, 2017 and will follow that with a two-year term as board president.
For the two positions on the Board of Directors the winning candidates are Krista Carson Elhai and Richard Frazier.
Elhai is from Claremont, California. She has been a member of the EdTA board since 2014 and California chapter director 2003-14. She began teaching theatre at Hemet High School, where she chartered the Thespian troupe in 1984, and has taught at Claremont High School since 1994. She is a member of the College Board’s National Arts Advisory Panel.
Frazier is from Warner Robins, Georgia. He is a current board member, appointed in December 2015 to complete an unexpired term. A Thespian troupe director, choreographer, and teacher of drama and dance at Northside High School in Warner Robins, he is also a Georgia chapter board member and Georgia Junior Thespian Conference coordinator.
The three-year terms for these board members begin August 1, 2017.
In her "State of the Association" address at the annual meeting, Executive Director Julie Cohen Theobald underscored the hard work and dedication of chapter leaders as she highlighted the association’s achievements over the last year. She reported that key Thespian membership numbers are at their highest levels ever in the history of the organization; Thespian inductions climbed to more than 45,285, and the number of Junior Thespians has doubled in the last five years, now totaling 6,681. There were 242 new troupes chartered last year, and a new chapter was added in South Dakota.
Future board meetings will take place:
- December 17 via conference call.
- February 16 through 18 in Cincinnati.