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This is one part of a series of blogs about maximizing your experience with our online Community, not only to help newbies get their bearings but to also help experienced users learn more and take the next steps, or assist others.  Today, we'll talk about how to use the Member Directory .  There are over 12,000 people in the Open Forum Community. If you are trying to find out if someone you know is a member, the Member Directory is a great tool. You'll find it under the "Community" tab of our navigation bar: When you visit the Member Directory, you'll find a basic search and an advanced search option. The basic search is perfect if you already know ...
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Two schools damaged by recent natural disasters will receive grants to aid their recovery thanks to a grant funded by licensing agency   Music Theatre International ( MTI) via Educational Theatre Foundation. The two schools receiving grants are Washington Middle School of Cairo, Georgia and Palm Bay Prep Academy of Panama City, Florida. Washington Middle School is home to Junior Thespian Troupe 88011. It was impacted by a tornado that hit Cairo in March 2019. Palm Bay Prep Academy has both Thespian Troupe 7949 and Junior Thespian Troupe 89159. It was severely damaged by Hurricane Michael in October 2018. Washington Middle School will use the grant ...
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Earlier this year, we launched a brand new Community program called Mentor Match . This unique online networking and career development tool is an EdTA members-only benefit that helps you find, connect, and share experiences with others. Our Mentor Match spotlight will feature some of the incredible mentors who are available to help you accomplish your professional goals. Our first featured mentor is Gai Laing Jones, a long-time EdTA member, Hall of Fame inductee, former California Chapter Director and the current EdTA Board President. She has written four books to help her fellow theatre educators and has a wealth of knowledge and expertise to share ...
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This is one part of a series of blogs about maximizing your experience with our online Community, not only to help newbies get their bearings but to also help experienced users learn more and take the next steps, or assist others.  Today, we'll talk about how to polish up your Community profile . Why should you update your profile? The Theatre Education Community is a professional resource for the field. Adding a photo and career information can help build relationships, establish trust, and boost your reputation.  How do I get to my profile?  Log in and click on the link in the upper right-hand corner. What should I update? Add a photo. Adding ...
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In 2019, the International Thespian Society (ITS) is marking the 90th anniversary of its founding with a yearlong celebration of the power of theatre education to instill confidence, empathy, and compassion to build better communities. In the 2018-19 school year 59,000 new Thespians were inducted, and since its founding, ITS now counts more than 2.4 million theatre students who have been honored. It was founded in Fairmont, W.Va ., during the 1928-29 school year, chartering its first troupes in April 1929. Today, Thespian troupes are active in all 50 states and 13 countries. The newest troupe, at the Olentangy Berlin High School in in Delaware, ...
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This is one part of a series of blogs about maximizing your experience with our online Community, not only to help newbies get their bearings but to also help experienced users learn more and take the next steps, or assist others. In this blog, I'll tell you all about the Community app to make it even easier to interact with all of the shared online content. Did you know that you can have all of the answers in your pocket? You can with the Theatre Education Community App! It’s available on iTunes or Google Play, perfect for any tablet or smart phone. Search for “theatre education community” in your preferred app store or click on the appropriate link below: ...
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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. If you'd like to receive JumpStart Theatre updates by email, contact JumpStartTheatre@schooltheatre.org. To view previous updates,  click here. Atlanta Announces First Schools Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia publicly announced the first three schools selected to participate in the JumpStart Theatre program in their region: Garrett Middle School ...
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Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the winner of the 2019 Standing Ovation Award from EdTA. The award recognizes a corporation or organization that makes significant contributions to EdTA in supporting its mission of “shaping lives through theatre education” through philanthropic efforts, programs, and activities. Beginning in the 2019-20 school year, BC/EFA will be the charitable partner supporting New Troupe Charter Grants, funding the charter of an International Thespian Society troupe and induction for up to ten students in Title 1 schools with established theatre programs. Julie Cohen Theobald , EdTA’s Executive Director, praised BC/EFA ...
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The Educational Theatre Association is now offering theatre educators a way to expand their theatre teaching skills with professional training tools created by nationally recognized leaders in theatre education and based on EdTA’s standards-focused educator resources. Theatre Educator Pro complements EdTA’s premier educator resources, including the National Theatre Standards, Opportunity to Learn Standards, and Theatre Educator Evaluation Workbook. The site features: An adjudicated bank of curriculum, lesson plans, and units of instruction; rigorously field-tested assessments with student work examples;  training tools for coaching 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 next spotlight is Shirlee Idzakovich, a professional costume designer and EdTA professional member in New York, New York. Shirlee offers excellent costume tips and advice to fellow Community members in the Open Forum, but she also leads workshops at various events, helped create the National Theatre Standards, and was one of EdTA’s first ...
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This is one part of a series of blogs about maximizing your experience with our online Community, not only to help newbies get their bearings but to also help experienced users learn more and take the next steps, or assist others. In this blog, I'll share some tips and advice to help you write your own blog. What is a blog? A blog is an easy way to share an experience or opinion. It's typically longer than a discussion post, but doesn't necessarily require a response (if you do need a response, post a question in the discussion area ). You can watch a video tutorial about how to create a blog in Community if you would like step-by-step instructions, ...
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(l-r) EdTA Board President Gai Laing Jones, Dr. Mary Schuttler, EdTA Executive Director Julie Cohen Theobald Dr. Mary Schuttler of the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) has been honored with the Educational Theatre Association ’s Founders’ Award which   is presented to an individual or group who has made significant contributions to the growth and development of theatre education, research, and practice. The award recognizes work that supports the principles and mission of its founders to promote and strengthen theatre education. The award was presented as part of the awards luncheon at EdTA’s National Conference , September 20. Dr. ...
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EdTA is launching a series of monthly webinars to help members make the most of their membership. Hosted by Executive Director Julie Cohen Theobald and featuring different guest speakers from the staff, volunteer leaders, and active members who are topic experts, the Town Hall series will give members the opportunity to learn more about programs and services, as well as engage with EdTA staff and leaders. The first webinar, Tuesday, Oct. 15th at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time,  is a primer on EdTA’s Theatre Education Community : EdTA Community Engagement Manager Ginny Butsch and Josh Kauffman, a ‘Platinum Most Valuable’ Community participant, will explain how members ...
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This is one part of a series of blogs about maximizing your experience with our online Community, not only to help newbies get their bearings but to also help experienced users learn more and take the next steps, or assist others. Today, we'll talk about how to write an effective subject line for a new discussion post.  Using the word “HELP!” as a subject line is certainly useful for grabbing someone's attention, but it doesn’t give anyone a hint as to what you actually need help with. Think carefully about how you interact with Community posts. When you are skimming the Daily Digest in the morning, aren’t you more likely to read and reply to ...
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This is one part of a series of blogs about maximizing your experience with our online Community, not only to help newbies get their bearings but to also help experienced users learn more and take the next steps, or help others. Today, we're going to review  personal signatures.  What is a Community signature? A signature is what appears automatically at the bottom of every post you make in the Community. It lets others know a little more about you, like where you are located, where you work, and your title. It's completely customizable, so read on and I'll show you how to make your signature exactly what you want it to be. As you peruse the Daily Digest, ...
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The new name reflects EdTA’s dedication to supporting excellence in the theatre arts by recognizing the highest level of achievement in school theatre performance and technical theatre. Exactly the same as in the National Individual Events (NIEs), each student is evaluated against established, national standards-based rubrics. All students who achieve overall Superiors at their chapter and earn the top scores in their category at the International Thespian Festival will earn International Thespian Excellence Awards, or Thespys TM for short. All Thespy Award Winners will be honored on the main stage at the International Thespian Festival Showcase, ...
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This is one part of a series of blogs about maximizing your experience with our online Community, not only to help newbies get their bearings but to also help experienced users learn more and take the next steps or help others. Today, we're going to review participation notifications. First of all, what are participation notifications? Participation notifications help you stay aware of Community content that specifically applies to you. They are email notifications sent in real-time that are separate from your community subscription (Daily Digest). There are two ways to trigger participation notifications: Automatic: -If you start a new discussion ...
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The Educational Theatre Association Nominating Committee is accepting applications from prospective candidates for positions on the EdTA Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee will select a slate of candidates for two board director positions for an election that will be conducted online beginning January 15, 2020, and concluding March 1, 2020. Any EdTA professional member, including Thespian troupe directors, is eligible to stand for election by filing a  candidate vita form  with the Nominating Committee. The Committee has been instructed by the board to seek two to four candidates for each of the two open seats. “The EdTA Board invites leaders ...
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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. If you'd like to receive JumpStart Theatre updates by email, contact JumpStartTheatre@schooltheatre.org. To view previous updates,  click here. 2019 Annual Report The 2019 JumpStart Theatre Annual Report is now available! Take a dive inside the 2018-19 school year to learn more about the organizations, performances, teachers, and students involved in the program. ...
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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 Garry Tiller, an EdTA professional member and the theatre teacher at Sidwell Friends School in Washington D.C. With nearly 30 years of theatre education experience from four different states, Garry is always willing to help a colleague, most notably with show recommendations and tips.   Why do you believe theatre ...
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