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The Board of Directors of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) has appointed Jeff Whiting to a term on the Board from July, 2019 through June, 2023. Whiting is a director and choreographer for theatre, opera, television, special events and concerts around the world and acclaimed as a ‘director with a joyous touch’ by the New York Times . His Broadway credits include: Bullets Over Broadway, Big Fish, The Scottsboro Boys, Hair, Young Frankenstein, and Wicked.  Whiting, also the creator and founder of Stage Write Software, the standard method for documenting choreography, and the Founding Artistic Director of The Open Jar Institute, a premiere ...
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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 Toni Thomas, an English Teacher and Theatre Director at Ogemaw Heights High School in West Branch, Michigan. Toni recently chartered Thespian Troupe 8775 at Ogemaw Heights this past fall and immediately jumped into the Community to begin offering support and advice to her fellow theatre educators. Why do you ...
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The 2019 International Thespian Festival (ITF), the nation’s leading high school theatre festival, will kick off with a high-energy show featuring favorite musical numbers from throughout the years at ITF and will feature a closing tribute number written especially for Thespians by legendary playwright, composer, and Thespian alum, Andrew Lippa.  ITF, produced by the  Educational Theatre Association  (EdTA),  celebrates student achievement in the performing arts. The 56th event, which this year takes place June 24-29, brings together more than 4,500 high school drama students and their teachers for a weeklong immersion in workshops; interaction with colleges, ...
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EdTA Advocacy Update May 7, 2019   The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.     EdTA NEWS Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman to Be Honored at School Theatre Benefit The Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) will honor Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman with the Broadway Back to School Award, which recognizes the impact of key leaders in the theatrical industry and education in building access and excellence in school theatre. ( Broadway World ) Nine Area Schools to Celebrate Musical Theatre Achievements On April 30, The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT), ...
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EdTA recognizes individuals who have inspired their students and dedicated themselves to providing quality theatre education with the Inspirational Theatre Educator Award. Veteran theatre educators and EdTA members Richard Fairchild , Rebekah Hess , and Alissa Vogelgesang will each receive this award at EdTA’s National Conference . Richard Fairchild of Arcadia High School in Phoenix, Arizona, home to Thespian Troupe 320, was recognized in his nomination for his connection to students and dedication to their growth. He uses his own imagination to inspire creativity in the classroom, demonstrating the power and possibilities of theatre education. ...
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Each year, EdTA recognizes International Thespian Society  troupe directors, emeritus members, and other professional members who have dedicated themselves to the cause of theatre education for more than 20 years. Nominations for recognition are carefully reviewed by EdTA and are chosen using highly competitive criteria.The 2019 theatre educators to be inducted into the EdTA Hall of Fame include: James Thomas Bailey of Napa, California; Lynn Jensen of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Tony Matthes of Edina, Minnesota; Jennifer Morgan-Beuchat of Leavenworth, Kansas; and Robert Fowler of Chesterfield, Missouri. Ceremonies will take place in New York City at ...
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Students from the Academy of the Pacific Rim in Hyde Park, Massachusetts, home to Thespian Troupe 6647, have been selected to attend the International Thespian Festival (ITF), thanks to the Educational Theatre Association ’s Send a Troupe to Festival grant. This prestigious grant will cover the troupe’s travel and registration expenses. The students of Troupe 6647 will represent the community’s growing theatre program along with more than 4,000 students from around the country and the world. The International Thespian Festival is a celebration of student achievement in the performing arts, produced by the Educational Theatre Association. The 56th event, ...
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The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) recognizes schools whose theatre programs exemplify and promote high standards of quality in educational theatre with the Outstanding School Award. This year only four schools in the nation were honored: James A. Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington; Leavenworth Senior High School in Leavenworth, Kansas; Lewis & Clark High School in Spokane, Washington; and Woodmont High School in Piedmont, South Carolina. The James A. Garfield High School theatre program, home to Thespian Troupe 5417 under the direction of Stewart Hawk, was recognized for creating a professional and collaborative theatre ...
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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 TIOS campaign is jointly sponsored nationally by the  American Alliance for Theatre & Education , the  Educational Theatre Association , and the  International Thespian Society . Thousands of students and theatre educators from hundreds of schools across the nation spread the word online, in their communities, school boards, and to elected officials, demonstrating ...
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The International Thespian Society (ITS) annually recognizes up to three individuals who have gone above and beyond in their role as a volunteer. The Honorary Thespian of the Year Award honors those adults who have selflessly given their time and ability to help a Thespian or Junior Thespian troupe with set construction, chaperoning, fundraising, advocacy, and more. This year’s Honorary Thespians are Brent Kelderman , Math teacher and theatre volunteer for Millard West High School’s Thespian Troupe 5483; and Andy Turner , Junior High Project Lead the Way Teacher and theatre volunteer with Smith-Cotton High Schools’ Thespian Troupe 4261. Brent Kelderman ...
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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 Jill Campbell, a Gifted Support Teacher and troupe director at State College Area High School in State College, Pennsylvania, home to Thespian Troupe 5029. Jill serves on the Pennsylvania Thespians State Board and was part of the original group who helped us beta test Community in 2013. With over 25 years ...
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The Educational Theatre Association recognizes outstanding individuals who have gone above and beyond in their role as a school administrator, demonstrating exemplary support for educational theatre. This year’s Administrator’s Awards go to: Jon Bullock , executive director, Redmond Proficiency Academy in Redmond, Oregon ; Paul Griep , principal, Har-Ber High School in Springdale, Arkansas; and Wade Norton , principal, Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia, Missouri. ­­­­ Executive Director Jon Bullock at Redmond Proficiency Academy, home to Thespian Troupe 7715, has fostered the growth of the school’s theatre department. After the program lost its previous ...
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Next Generation Works is a suite of programs designed to promote original writing by and for high school student members of the International Thespian Society (ITS). The programs include Thespian Musicalworks , Thespian Playworks , Thespian Filmworks , and Thespian Criticworks . Finalists are invited to attend the International Thespian Festival (ITF), where the student writers work with professional directors, dramaturgs, musical directors, and volunteer actors to present their short works before a live audience. We are pleased to announce the following finalists. Thespian Musicalworks finalists: Jared Goudsmit and Max Reinert ...
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EdTA Advocacy Update April 23, 2019   The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.     EdTA NEWS EdTA Names Allison Dolan Chief Content Officer The Educational Theatre Association is pleased to announce that Allison Dolan has joined the organization as Chief Content Officer as of April 1. As CCO, Dolan will lead all content operations supporting EdTA’s mission.   STATE NEWS Got state theatre and other arts education news you want to share? Send it to Katie: kferchen@schooltheatre.org   California: Burbank Arts for All Changes Gala in Hopes ...
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Why I Didn't Want My Students to Do Summer Theater My classroom career started and ended at a school in Orlando. I taught there twice, in the mid 90’s and then again from ‘08-‘14. In the early years, I grew the position from part time to full time and throughout both of my teaching stints worked to develop the strongest program possible. My other classroom teaching gigs had similar results. For better or worse, I took a lot of pride in everything the students and I had accomplished, often within the context of schools that had little respect, resources, or reverence for all that theater, or the Arts in general, afforded these kids, the school, and the ...
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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 Suzanne Katz, an elementary drama educator at Two Rivers PCS and a research associate at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Suzanne previously served at the college level as Associate Professor and Department Chair of the Department of Educational Studies at Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin ...
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The Educational Theatre Association is pleased to announce that Allison Dolan has joined the organization as Chief Content Officer as of April 1. As CCO, Dolan will lead all content operations supporting EdTA’s mission. Previously, Dolan spent 19 years at F+W Media, with her most recent role overseeing the publisher’s Cincinnati-based brands, including Writer’s Digest, Family Tree, and Popular Woodworking. At F+W, Dolan led and provided oversight for publications, marketing and communications, online education, and events. Dolan also has extensive editorial experience; she served as editor in chief of Family Tree Magazine for almost a decade and earned ...
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EdTA delegates at the 2017 Educational Theatre Association Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.  Be part of the change this summer on Capitol Hill In 2017, more than 90 Educational Theatre Association members convened in Washington. D.C. to participate in EdTA’s first Theatre Education Advocacy Day . Attendees engaged in a day of advocacy training and another day visiting the offices of their Senate and House representatives. Amazingly, these dedicated advocates made the case for theatre and other arts education in 100 Congressional offices. This summer, the event is back. The 2019 EdTA Theatre Education Advocacy Day will take place July 15-16, in Washington, ...
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EdTA Advocacy Update April 9, 2019   The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.     EdTA NEWS Broadway’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Treats Area Thespians to a Preview in Celebration of TIOS To Kill a Mockingbird presented 400 middle and high school students with a special performance at the Library of Congress on Tuesday in support of Theatre in Our Schools Month, which is held annually in March. The students, from schools in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, are members of the International Thespian Society, the honor society for drama students. ...
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Three additional schools* have been invited to perform on the main stage at the nation’s leading high school theatre festival. They join eight schools announced previously this year.  (Complete list of schools and shows to-date follows.) The  International Thespian Festival , (ITF)  produced by the  Educational Theatre Association  (EdTA),  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 ...
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