Become an EdTA teaching artist

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Teaching artists at national EdTA events are recognized as experts and leaders in the field, and get to work with students and educators from across the country, and around the world. They play an integral role in fulfilling EdTA’s mission of supporting and training theatre students and educators.

Some teaching artists may receive:

  • Complimentary registration to the event at which they present
  • A teaching artist honorarium
  • One year complimentary EdTA professional membership

EdTA Events

The International Thespian Festival, June 25-30, 2018 at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is a week-long immersion in theatre arts attended by more than 4,200 high-achieving middle and high school drama students and their teachers. Teaching opportunities encompass all theatrical disciplines including: acting and performing, lighting, sets, sound, makeup, costume design and construction, directing, stage management, dance, playwriting, puppetry, stage combat, commedia dell’arte, and more. Proposals must be submitted before January 15, 2018.

The EdTA National Conference, September 13-16, 2018 in Denver, CO, attracts approximately 400 theatre educators for state-of-the-art presentations by national thought leaders. In 2018 the Conference theme is ‘We are All Artists’, an examination of the intersection of classroom teaching and theatrical artistry, in sessions that focus on how teachers and teaching artists can collaborate and complement one another’s strengths to enrich students’ theatre experiences. Proposals must be submitted before March 1, 2018.

Teaching formats

Ninety minute workshops provide an engaging and enriching learning experience for students and teachers of all skill levels and interests.

Professional Development Intensives (PDIs) are six-hour interactive opportunities for theatre educators. Certification of PDI completion and graduate level credit are available to class participants.

Three hour master classes are only offered at the EdTA National Conference. They provide deep-dive skill-building experiences for theatre educators to develop and expand their professional knowledge.

For more information contact Betsy Singer-Lefton.



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