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EdTA has awarded its 2018 Linda P. Wise Grant for Theatre Educators to Heather Achter, theatre teacher and director of Thespian Troupe 7561, at Kings Mountain High School in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. The grant is awarded to an EdTA professional member and theatre educator who presents a well-laid plan for an in-class program in need of financial support. Achter teaches theatre classes ranging from beginner to advanced level and will use the funds to purchase professional stage makeup kits. Her students currently use their own store-bought makeup and materials brought from home. This grant will allow her students the tools and resources to learn the ...
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EdTA Advocacy Update January 15, 2019   The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.   EdTA NEWS Eight Schools Invited to Perform on Main Stage at International Thespian Festival Eight schools have been invited to perform on the main stage at the International Thespian Festival (ITF). The invitations are based on productions that were adjudicated last fall; three more will be invited this spring.   NATIONAL NEWS How is the Shutdown Affecting America? Let Us Count the Ways The National Endowment for the Arts says it will honor its fiscal year 2019 ...
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The EdTA Theatre Education Advocacy Day will take place July 15-16, in Washington, D.C. The event, open to all adult and student members, will be modeled after the organization’s first national theatre education advocacy day held in 2017. Attendees will engage in a day of advocacy training workshops followed by a day of visits to Congressional offices on Capitol Hill. As in 2017, training will be conducted by Americans for the Arts staff, with the support of EdTA leadership and members of the organization’s Advocacy Leadership Network. Along with the workshops, EdTA will present its Legislator Leadership Arts Education Advocacy Award, given annually to a legislator ...
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Theatre in Our Schools (TIOS) Month is   a campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of theatre education and draw attention to the need for more access to quality programs for all students. While activities may take place any time, March is designated the official month for  TIOS . The  Educational Theatre Association , International Thespian Society , and American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE)  are collaborating to raise public awareness of the impact of theatre education and draw attention to the need for more access to quality programs for all students. The goal of TIOS Month is to not only raise awareness inside the school ...
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One of the main goals for our Theatre Education Community is to help theatre students and professionals from all over connect and identify with each other in order to build resources and support the theatre education field. We shine a spotlight on a different member every other week by conducting a simple interview. Our next spotlight is Taylor Horne, the theatre teacher and troupe director at Episcopal School of Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida, home to Thespian Troupe 1187. Taylor has been involved with theatre since she was a child and has never lost the passion to learn. She continues to pursue educational opportunities in order to better serve ...
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A program designed to build sustainable musical theatre programs in underserved middle schools that currently have none. This is a series of monthly updates about the  JumpStart Theatre  pilot program launched in Cincinnati, Ohio. To view previous updates,  click here .  An Early Christmas for JumpStart Theatre Students A group of 81 Cincinnati students and parents were treated to a complimentary performance of Santa Claus: The Musical at The Taft Theatre, courtesy of The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati, a regional JumpStart Theatre partner. Clark Montessori students at the Taft Theatre. ...
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Eight schools have been invited to perform on the main stage at the International Thespian Festival (ITF). The invitations are based on productions that were adjudicated last fall; three more will be invited this spring. (Complete list of schools and shows to-date follows.) ITF celebrates student achievement in the performing arts. The 56th event, which this year takes place June 24-29, brings together more than 4,000 high school drama students and their teachers for a weeklong immersion in workshops;  interaction with colleges, industry leaders, and Broadway professionals; and opportunities to be inspired by the best high school theatre in the nation. ...
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EdTA Advocacy Update January 2, 2019   The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.   EdTA NEWS Democracyworks Essay Competition: What’s Your Theatre Story? The Educational Theatre Association’s eleventh annual Democracyworks essay competition, co-sponsored by Samuel French, Inc., is now accepting entries. The winner will receive $1,500 toward expenses to attend the National Arts Action Summit in Washington, D.C., March 4-5, 2019, plus $250 cash. Application deadline is February 1. STATE NEWS Got state theatre and other arts education news you want to ...
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One of the main goals for our Theatre Education Community is to help theatre students and professionals from all over connect and identify with each other in order to build resources and support the theatre education field. We shine a spotlight on a different member every other week by conducting a simple interview.   Our next spotlight is Melissa Mintzer, a Spanish teacher and troupe director at Penn Manor High School in Millersville, Pennsylvania, home to Thespian Troupe 274. Melissa is always seeking ways to get involved and assist others. She is a regular attendee at Educational Theatre Association events and serves on the Pennsylvania Thespians ...
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EdTA Advocacy Update December 18, 2018   The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.   EdTA NEWS Democracyworks Essay Competition: What’s Your Theatre Story? The Educational Theatre Association’s eleventh annual Democracyworks essay competition, co-sponsored by Samuel French, Inc., is now accepting entries. The winner will receive $1,500 toward expenses to attend the National Arts Action Summit in Washington, D.C., March 4-5, 2019, plus $250 cash. Application deadline is February 1. NATIONAL NEWS Americans for the Arts Files Federal Comment in Support ...
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Hello, friends! We're excited to share that the Theatre Education Community has THREE new features that we think you're really going to like. INLINE REPLY When you reply to a discussion, you won't be taken to a new page to write your reply. Instead, a text editor will appear under the message you're replying to so that you can see every post on the thread while you write your response. Some of the functionalities are hidden, so if you'd like to do more (like insert a picture into your post), you'll need to select "Advanced Editor," which will take you back to the old reply screen that you are used to. AUTOSAVE and SAVE AS DRAFT Drafts of ...
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A program designed to build sustainable musical theatre programs in underserved middle schools that currently have none. This is a series of monthly updates about the   JumpStart Theatre  pilot program launched in Cincinnati, Ohio. To view previous updates,  click here .  Fifth Regional Site Announced The Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) will partner with the Mountain City Center for the Arts (MCCA) in Frostburg, Maryland to bring JumpStart Theatre to more rural schools. "MCCA is honored and thrilled to partner with the Educational Theatre Foundation and the JumpStart Theatre program," said Coty Forno, MCCA owner and director. "MCCA's ...
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One of the main goals for our Theatre Education Community is to help theatre students and professionals from all over connect and identify with each other in order to build resources and support the theatre education field. We shine a spotlight on a different member every other week by conducting a simple interview.   Our next spotlight is Brian Bozanich, the Director of Theatre and Troupe Director at Maumee Valley Country Day School in Toledo, Ohio, home to Thespian Troupe 8553. Brian has creative and practical advice for other community members, whether it involves making an elephant dance, converting a cafetorium into a theatre or locating a Teaching ...
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EdTA Advocacy Update December 4, 2018   The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.   EdTA NEWS Democracyworks Essay Competition: What’s Your Theatre Story? The Educational Theatre Association’s eleventh annual Democracyworks essay competition, co-sponsored by Samuel French, Inc., will begin accepting entries on December 1. The winner will receive $1,500 toward expenses to attend Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., March 4-5, 2019, plus $250 cash. Winners of ITS Next Generation Works Attend Dramatists Guild Foundation Gala In keeping with their mission ...
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One of the main goals for our Theatre Education Community is to help theatre students and professionals from all over connect and identify with each other in order to build resources and support the theatre education field. We shine a spotlight on a different member every other week by conducting a simple interview.   Our next spotlight is Bernadette MacLeod, the theatre teacher and troupe director at East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, home to Thespian Troupe 1190. As soon as Bernadette took over the troupe director position at EMHS in 2015, she began participating in Community. She’s been lending a hand to her fellow educators ...
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EdTA Advocacy Update November 20, 2018   The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.   EdTA NEWS Advocacy Leadership Network Seeking New State Members The Educational Theatre Association’s Advocacy Leadership Network (ALN) will begin accepting applications for new state chapter members on November 15. Launched in 2017, the ALN is designed to train state adult members in grassroots advocacy efforts on behalf of theatre and other arts education. EdTA Releases the Theater Educator Evaluation Workbook The Educational Theatre Association has released the  EdTA ...
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In keeping with their mission of supporting emerging writers, the Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) hosted some award-winning student writers at their recent gala in New York City. The winners of the Next Generation Works Thespian Playworks and Thespian Musicalworks writing competitions for members of the International Thespian Society (ITS) were the Foundation’s guests at the invitation of Rachel Routh, DGF Executive Director. The Thespian guests included Thespian Musicalworks  winner Mitchell Huntley, Orange County School of the Arts, Troupe 6826, Santa Ana, Calif.; and Thespian Playworks : winners Sofia Bottinelli, Denver School of the ...
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The Educational Theatre Association’s eleventh annual Democracyworks essay competition, co-sponsored by Samuel French, Inc., will begin accepting entries on December 1. The winner will receive $1,500 toward expenses to attend Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., March 4-5, 2019, plus $250 cash. This year’s prompt is inspired by the by the 90 th anniversary of the International Thespian Society in 2019.  ITS is showcasing the organization’s history—the past, present, and future—with stories from members about how theatre education has made a difference in their lives. The Democracyworks Guidelines explain the prompt this way: “In this challenging era ...
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The following candidates have been nominated by their boards to run for chapter director positions beginning August 1, 2019: Chapter Candidate Alabama Jamie Stephenson Arizona Jenell Riordan Arkansas Marissa Arnold California Stacy Castiglione and Michele Richardson Hawaii Julia LoPresti Idaho Sterling Blackwell Kentucky Carolyn Greer Louisiana Kristi Jacobs and Cherie Firmin Nevada Sharon Chadwick and Krysta Phenix North Carolina Chris Veneris and Medina Demeter Oregon ...
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The Educational Theatre Association’s Advocacy Leadership Network (ALN) will begin accepting applications for new state chapter members on November 15. Launched in 2017, the ALN is designed to train state adult members in grassroots advocacy efforts on behalf of theatre and other arts education. The network, launched to address a new era of public education led with the passage of the federal  Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA ) in 2015, selected members from 10 states in its first year and added seven more states in 2018. ESSA gave greater responsibility to state and district decision-makers to determine how and what education is delivered to their K-12 ...
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