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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 . Take a bow! The second annual JumpStart Theatre Showcase on May 2 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts was an exciting success. The moment the students stepped into the grand lobby of the Aronoff, there were gasps and squeals of excitement as they took in their impressive surroundings.   After getting familiar with the space and a quick rehearsal, the audience ...
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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 . Introducing Class III! Thanks to our generous donors, we were able to add another three schools to the JumpStart Theatre program in Cincinnati. Clark Montessori High School, Oyler School, and Roberts Academy will begin their journey with us this fall. We invited teachers and administrators from each school to the EdTA National Office for an orientation earlier ...
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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 an exciting month for JumpStart Theatre schools because the teachers attended the third and final Bootcamp of the year and the students were finally able to perform. All of the schools put on stellar productions and were rewarded with enthusiastic applause from large audiences.  First up was Holmes Midde School , performing Schoolhouse ...
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Educational Theatre Association was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Frank Stewart, who taught workshops for high school students and educators for more than 30 years through the International Thespian Society and the Educational Theatre Association. For decades, he also supported the main stage adjudication process for the International Thespian Festival and served on numerous ITF committees. In 1990, he was given the EdTA Founder’s Award for making significant contributions to the growth and development of theatre education, research, and practice. The award recognizes work that supports the principles and mission of the founders to promote and ...
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Welcome to the EdTA Advocacy Update May 16, 2017   The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education   EdTA NEWS 2017 Jhon Marshall/International Thespian Officers’ Outstanding Achievement Scholarships awarded to Serena Froehlich and Bailey Heppler : The International Thespian Society annually awards this $1,000 scholarship to two Thespians who exemplify the ideal of the International Thespian Society. Judges are looking for originality of service, contributions of talent and service to the positive image and ideals of the International Thespian Society and theatre ...
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Cast and Crew of Footloose at Treasure Coast High School, January 2017   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 latest Spotlight Member is Emily Olson, the theatre teacher and director at Treasure Coast High School in Port St. Lucie, Florida, home to Thespian Troupe 7129. Emily is a newer teacher who, like many, began by asking questions and benefitted from ...
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May 12, 2017 The International Thespian Society annually awards this $1,000 scholarship to two Thespians who exemplify the ideal of the International Thespian Society. Judges are looking for originality of service, contributions of talent and service to the positive image and ideals of the International Thespian Society and theatre education, and benefit of service to productions, program, school, community, and peers. This year’s recipients are Serena Froehlich, Troupe 6730, Liberty High School, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Bailey Heppler, Troupe 6356, Lewis & Clark High School, Spokane, Washington. Froehlich plans to study sociology at the College of Southern ...
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May 11, 2017 Theatre in Our Schools 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 . Hundreds of schools and thousands of students and theatre educators spread the word online and took the message to their communities, school boards, and elected officials about ...
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May 3, 2017 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 awards go to: Claire LaNicca, Mother of Mercy High School, Cincinnati, Ohio; Dr. Christin Pirkle, Lexington (South Carolina) High School; and Daniel Stowell, Dublin (Ohio) Coffman High School. Claire LaNicca is director of Troupe 3803. She encourages her students to be not only the best actors but also the best people they can possibly be. She sets high expectations for her ...
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May 3, 2017 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: Beau Pumphrey, volunteer production manager and technical director at Southside Senior High School, Fort Smith, Arkansas; Carl Schultz, parent volunteer at Pinewood Preparatory School, Summerville, South Carolina; and Peggy Markle, parent volunteer at Rock Ridge High School, ...
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May 2, 2017 The Educational Theatre Association annually recognizes outstanding individuals who have gone above and beyond in their role as an administrator. Individuals or administrative teams at the department, building, or district level may be nominated by troupe or chapter directors. This year’s Administrator’s Awards go to: Beth Baker, associate principal, Acton-Boxborough (Massachusetts) Regional High School; Theresa Carroll, vice principal and fine arts supervising principal, Leavenworth (Kansas) High School; and Dr. Brett O’Connor, theatre director, Claremont (California) High School. Associate Principal Beth Baker has played a large role ...
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Welcome to the EdTA Advocacy Update May 2, 2017 The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education   EdTA NEWS Nominating Committee approves five candidates : The Educational Theatre Association’s Nominating Committee has tapped five candidates to vie for two director seats in this year’s EdTA board election.   NATIONAL NEWS   National Endowment approved for $150 million in final approval of FY 2017 budget: Congressional approval of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 on April 30 included $149.849 million, a $2 million increase from the ...
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Welcome to the EdTA Advocacy Update May 2, 2017   The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education   EdTA NEWS Nominating Committee approves five candidates : The Educational Theatre Association’s Nominating Committee has tapped five candidates to vie for two director seats in this year’s EdTA board election.   NATIONAL NEWS   National Endowment approved for $150 million in final approval of FY 2017 budget: Congressional approval of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 on April 30 included $149.849 million, a $2 million increase from the ...
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May 2, 2017 The Educational Theatre Association recognizes schools whose theatre programs exemplify and promote high standards in educational theatre. This year, four schools were honored: Rock Ridge High School, Ashburn, Virginia; Floyd Central High School, Floyds Knobs, Indiana; Spanish Fork (Utah) High School; and Chaparral High School, Parker, Colorado. The Rock Ridge High School performing arts program, under the direction of EdTA 2016 Inspirational Educators Award winner Anthony Cimino-Johnson, was cited for its strong administrative support and curricular program, which includes the country’s first dual enrollment theatre course where students ...
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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 latest Spotlight Member is Kathleen McNulty, the theatre teacher and troupe director at Arnold High School in Panama City Beach, Florida, home to Thespian Troupe 6371. Kathleen is also a Thespian Alum (even serving as Troupe President), which has provided her a vast amount of experience to share and allowed her to pass on the Thespian ...
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May 1, 2017 The Educational Theatre Association annually awards this $500 scholarship to an inducted Thespian pursuing a major in education, technical theatre, playwriting, or English who demonstrates the qualities of persistence, hard work, diligence, and strong character. This scholarship was established in honor of the late Alan Engelsman, a former Thespian troupe director, theatre educator, and author of theatre textbooks. This year’s recipient is Grace Pruitt, Troupe 4630, Ashland High School, Ashland, Oregon. Pruitt plans to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre from Azusa Pacific University. She was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, after ...
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May 1, 2017 The Educational Theatre Association annually awards this $1,000 scholarship in honor of Austin Yeatman, a Thespian inducted in 1966 who was active in his local theatre community and passed away in 2005 after a battle with cancer. This scholarship is awarded to a Thespian pursuing a technical theatre major or minor in college who demonstrates leadership qualities, organizational skills, experience in different aspects of technical theatre, and an appreciation of the value of the arts to our society and to a well-rounded education. This year’s recipient is Brett Rose, Troupe 7050, Cypress Woods High School, Cypress, Texas. Rose plans to ...
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May 1, 2017 The Educational Theatre Association annually awards this $1,500 scholarship to an inducted Thespian pursuing a theatre education major in college who demonstrates leadership qualities, work ethic, effectively working as a member of a production team, and the abilities, skills and experiences in different aspects of theatre. Bob and Marti Fowler are secondary theatre educators who sponsor this scholarship to assist students pursuing theatre education. This year’s recipient is Ashley Davis, Troupe 7021, Oak Grove High School, Oak Grove, Missouri. Davis plans to pursue a speech communication and theatre Bachelor of Science in education at the ...
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