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Democracyworks is the Educational Theatre Association's student essay competition sponsored by Concord Theatricals. The program was founded in 2009 to support and grow student advocacy on behalf of theatre and other arts education. Since then, hundreds of students have written essays on topics...

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Guide to ESSA

EdTA’s ESSA Guide to Theatre Education Opportunities The authorization of a new version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ushered in a new era regarding the role of the federal government in administering education in the United States. The new law, entitled the Every Student...

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Standards Resources

Welcome to the Educational Theatre Association’s Core Theatre Standards Instructional Resource page. From here, you can link to several downloadable tools: Theatre Educator PRO is the new online home for EdTA professional development tools. Participate in webinars and earn...

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Projects and issues

Projects and Issues The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards NCCAS is a partnership of nine national arts and education organizations (including EdTA) that are committed to developing a next generation of voluntary, researched-based arts education standards. The new standards will...

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Organizations Americans for the Arts AFTA is the nation’s most prominent arts advocacy organization and the sponsor of the annual Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. and a supporter of EdTA’s Democracyworks essay competition. *Arts Education Partnership AEP provides...

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Research and reports

Research and Reports Art is Essential one-pager This May 2020 document, signed by 52 national arts and arts education organizations, makes the case for why all students must have access to an equitable delivery of arts education--including theatre--in the post COVID-19 era 2018...

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State Advocacy The Educational Theatre Association’s network of state-based organizations provides the foundation for strong advocacy through the coordinated efforts of our chapter directors and individual chapter leadership. Getting started Download the EdTA Statement of Educator Support...

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National advocacy

National Advocacy The Educational Theatre Association is engaged in a broad range of national issues and initiatives that impact theatre education. In the rapidly changing landscape of education, it’s often important to frame your local and state-based advocacy with a “big picture”...