July 7, 2014
Hunter Bell, a man-about-the-theatre best known for his award-winning work on the book of the hit musical [title of show]
, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Educational Theatre Association. He will serve a three-year term beginning August 1.
“The Educational Theatre Association’s Board of Directors is excited to welcome Hunter Bell as a new appointed member of the board,” said President Jay Seller. “Hunter brings a wealth of experience in the performing arts and embraces the significance of arts education for all.”
As he told the story in a November 2011 interview with Dramatics
, Bell was a journeyman actor living in New York and working the regional theatre circuit when he and friend Jeff Bowen came up with the idea of writing a “musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical.” That was [title of show]
, written in three weeks before the submission deadline for the inaugural New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2004. The subsequent Off Broadway and Broadway productions won Bell an Obie, a Drama League nomination, a GLAAD media nomination, and a Tony nomination. His other credits include the books for Silence! The Musical
, Now. Here. This.
, and The Great American Mousical
Bell’s association with EdTA dates to his student days at Woodward Academy in the suburbs of Atlanta, when he served as a state student officer for Georgia Thespians. “I am where I am in life because of Thespians,” he wrote in his board application. “They provided me a safe, nurturing environment to grow as a young person/artist/human being. They connected me with a college that prepared me for my professional career. And the organization continues to inspire me and enhance my professional life.”
About the Educational Theatre Association
The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), is a professional organization with approximately 90,000 members nationwide. EdTA’s mission is shaping lives through theatre education: honoring student achievement in theatre and enriching their theatre education experience; supporting teachers by providing professional development, networking opportunities, resources, and recognition; and influencing public opinion that theatre education is essential and builds life skills. EdTA operates the International Thespian Society (ITS), an honorary organization that has inducted more than two million theatre students since its founding in 1929. EdTA also publishes Dramatics
, a monthly magazine for high school theatre students, and Teaching Theatre
, a quarterly journal for theatre education professionals.