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EdTA Advocacy Update June 19, 2018   The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.   NATIONAL NEWS Apply for Our Town Grants Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts’ creative placemaking grants program. These grants support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. ( National Endowment for the Arts ) Apply for ARTWORKS Grants Art Works is the National Endowment for the Arts’ principal grants program. Through project-based funding, ...
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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 Natalie Dommer, a Thespian Alum turned theatre director at Ottumwa High School in Ottumwa, Iowa, home to Thespian Troupe 615. Natalie is a regular at our events (say hello if you see her in Nebraska later this month!) and was recently inducted into the Iowa Thespians Hall of Fame. Why do you believe ...
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Latest blog post highlighting some of the realities of college auditions, casting...and life. https://www.collegemtguide.com/bfaauditionblog/reality-101
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EdTA Advocacy Update June 5, 2018   The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.   EdTA NEWS The Tony Awards & Carnegie Mellon University Present 2018 Excellence in Theatre Education Award to Melody Herzfeld of Parkland, FL Melody Herzfeld of Parkland, FL, has been named the fourth recipient of the Excellence in Theatre Education Award by the Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), our higher education partner. ( Tony Awards ) Alliance Theatre Enters National Partnership to Bring Theatre to Atlanta Middle Schools The JumpStart Theatre program, ...
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                           The JumpStart Theatre program, developed by the Educational Theatre Association , will be implemented in Atlanta beginning with the 2019-20 school year through a partnership with the Alliance Theatre. The JumpStart Theatre program creates sustainable theatre arts programs in middle schools where there previously were none.  Participant schools are chosen through a rigorous application process and receive materials, budget, and training support to produce their first full-scale musical production. The support continues for three years until the program becomes self-sustaining.  Non-theatre teachers are equipped with ...
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Schools in Alabama, Colorado, Massachusetts, Missouri, and Texas have been awarded free licenses to produce the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 2018. The show is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. To honor this milestone, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, and The Musical Company (TMC) teamed up with the Educational Theatre Association to grant five in-need schools a free standard rental and royalty license   to produce this iconic family favorite. In announcing the winners, Kim Rogers, Vice President of Amateur Licensing at TMC, said: “We are delighted to partner with EdTA in honoring the 50th anniversary of Tim Rice ...
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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 .  JumpStart Theatre Showcase According to students, teachers, staff, and audience members, the third annual JumpStart Theatre Showcase in Cincinnati was the best one yet! Memorial Hall was beautifully suited to frame the enthusiastically executed musical numbers from each of the nine schools. Jen Dalton, a news anchor from local CBS affiliate Channel 12, once again ...
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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 Jeff Bengford, the Performing Arts Chair and Theatre Director at Westmont High School in Campbell, California, home to Thespian Troupe 2904. Jeff built the now thriving theatre program at Westmont from scratch and after 26 years there, has a wealth of knowledge and resources to share in the Community. Additionally, he ...
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EdTA Advocacy Update May 22, 2018   The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.   EdTA NEWS Three Volunteers Recognized as Honorary Thespians The International Thespian Society annually recognizes up to three individuals who have gone above and beyond in their role as a volunteer. Three Administrators Named Outstanding The Educational Theatre Association recognizes outstanding individuals who have gone above and beyond in their role as an administrator, demonstrating exemplary support for educational theatre. Three Schools Honored with National 2018 ...
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I have been ruminating on this for months. In particular the concept of "hive mind" in regard to social media. I have long maintained that social media is in fact - anti-social media. It promotes single-mindedness simply by the nature of its programming. Algorithms determine what you see and what you "want" to see based on data-mined search histories, your comments and "likes." I often tell my students that the thought of, "Everybody thinks like I do," based on social media is utterly false. That "everybody" is determined in the aforementioned method. In short, this series of algorithms that forms the social media feed causes us to be narrow in our spectrum ...
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The International Thespian Society annually recognizes up to three individuals who have gone above and beyond in their role as a volunteer. This 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 Richard Hay , senior scenic and theatre designer at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and volunteer advisor/sponsor of Ashland High School’s theatre department in Ashland, Oregon; and Tiffany Crain and Marie St. Yves , co-presidents of the Leavenworth High School theatre department’s parent booster ...
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The Educational Theatre Association recognizes outstanding individuals who have gone above and beyond in their role as an administrator, demonstrating exemplary support for educational theatre. This year’s Administrator’s Awards go to: Cidonio Cantu, principal, Alice High School in Alice, Texas; Brett Davis, principal, Northwestern Middle School in Kokomo, Indiana; and Denise Swanger, principal, Mehlville Senior High School in St. Louis, Missouri. Principal Cantu at Alice High School, home to Thespian Troupe 5191, has a focus on making the school a safer environment for the students and teachers, and publicly supports the school’s theatrical productions by ...
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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 Cathy Archer, the theatre teacher and troupe director at Rutland High School in Rutland, Vermont, home to Thespian Troupe 5698. Cathy is a regular at Festival and has been asking questions and advising her peers since the Community’s inception. She is passionate about demonstrating the importance of theatre education and ...
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The Educational Theatre Association recognizes schools whose theatre programs exemplify and promote high standards of quality in educational theatre. This year only three schools in the nation were honored: Arbor View High School in Las Vegas, Nevada; Lakewood High School in Lakewood, Colorado; and Papillion-LaVista High School in Papillion, Nebraska. Arbor View High School Troupe 6891 The Arbor View High School theatre program, home to Thespian Troupe 6891 under the direction of David Kelley, was cited for offering an array of opportunities for students to become engaged with multiple facets of fine arts and gain skills to use beyond high school. They ...
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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, ...
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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 .  National Expansion news: JumpStart Theatre expansion cities, San Diego and St. Louis , are excited to announce they have each selected three schools and are planning a spring orientation meeting to kick off their programs. Read more about the schools selected: St. Louis Post-Dispatch La Jolla Light With the addition of these six schools, JumpStart Theatre ...
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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 .  Curtain up! March was a busy and exciting month for JumpStart Theatre Cincinnati with eight of the nine schools performing. They all put on stellar productions and were rewarded with enthusiastic applause from large audiences, including fellow students, teachers, extended families, as well as interested and supportive community members. First up was Roberts Academy ...
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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 .  National Expansion News   Application deadlines are quickly approaching for JumpStart Theatre in San Diego and St. Louis , and next month they will conduct on-site interviews with the finalist schools! La Jolla Playhouse secured a featured article in the Times of San Diego, featuring a quote from the Superintendent ...
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EdTA Advocacy Update May 8, 2018   The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.   EdTA NEWS EdTA Nominating Committee Approves Six Candidates The Educational Theatre Association’s nominating committee has tapped two candidates to run for vice president/president of the Board of Directors in this year’s election, and four to compete for two board director seats Five Educators to Be Inducted Into EdTA Hall of Fame The Educational Theatre Association recognizes International Thespian Society (ITS) troupe directors, emeritus members, and other professional ...
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The International Thespian Society annually recognizes up to three individuals who have inspired their students and dedicated themselves to providing high quality theatre education. Only inducted Thespians or Junior Thespians may nominate an educator. This year, the Inspirational Theatre Educator Awards go to: Kelly Carlson, Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts in Baltimore, Maryland; Philip Lee “Peelee” Clark, West Potomac High School in Alexandria, Virginia; and Carolyn Little, Toms River High School North in Toms River, New Jersey. Kelly Carlson is the director of Troupe 2891. She encourages her students to persevere through challenges ...
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