EdTA adds Hawaii, Wyoming chapters

January 17, 2013

The Educational Theatre Association begins the new year with newly restored state chapter organizations in Wyoming and Hawaii.

The Hawaii chapter is open for business under the leadership of Robert Duval, theatre teacher and director of Thespian Troupe 7205 at ’Iolani School, in Honolulu. The new Wyoming chapter director is EdTA professional member Jeremy Hill, activities director and assistant principal at Riverton High School in Riverton.  

Both appointments were effective January 1.

EdTA now has forty-three active chapter organizations—forty-two in the United States and one that covers the Western Pacific Islands.

“Chapter leadership at the state level is so important to the work of EdTA and the Thespian Society,” said Executive Director Julie Woffington. “Chapter directors and boards extend our reach and bring all of our programs closer to our members. They make it possible for us to hold state Thespian conferences, touching thousands of students with great theatre experiences. The chapter organizations provide more than a quarter million dollars in scholarships to Thespians every year. They offer close support and networking to our professional members. They make everything we do at the national level better and stronger. We look forward to the day when we have active chapter organizations in every state.”

EdTA is working to build chapter organizations in eight states: Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Vermont.

Both Hawaii and Wyoming have had active state organizations in the past, and long histories of involvement in the life of EdTA, but their chapter organizations have been inactive in recent years. Wyoming, in fact, is the home of the first Thespian troupe, Troupe 1, chartered in 1929 at Natrona High School and still active. Hawaii’s colorful, high-energy opening ceremonies under the direction of Ron Bright of the Kamehameha Schools were a fixture of the annual Thespian Festival throughout the 1980s and ‘90s.