EdTA National Conference

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EdTA National Conference 

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The Educational Theatre Association’s National Conference is held each year to provide educators with the opportunity to meet and network with their peers during an event featuring a wide range of professional development and keynote speakers.

In 2018, the Conference will explore the profession of the theatre educator, both as teacher and artist. We are All Artists will examine the intersection of classroom teaching and theatrical artistry, in workshops and keynotes that focus on how teachers and teaching artists can collaborate and complement one another’s strengths to enrich students’ theatre experiences.

Join us for We are All Artists and rediscover the artistry in your teaching and the teaching in your art.

Date: September 13-16, 2018

Location: Grand Hyatt Denver
1750 Welton Street
Denver, Colorado 80202


To learn more about the EdTA National Conference, which addressed The Rise of STEAM, Real World Theatre Education for the 21st Century, check out 2017's event schedule and list of workshops.


Interested in teaching at the EdTA National Conference? Submit a proposal.

Check out the EdTA Hall of Fame where teachers are honored for their dedication and service.



2017 Keynote Speakers

Patricia Raun Watch Patricia Raun's keynote address at the 2017 EdTA National Conference in Nashville.

Patricia Raun is a professional actor and director of the Center for Communicating Science at Virginia Tech where she shares the powerful tools of theatre to support skills of connection and communication in scientists, technology professionals, and scholars–helping them become more direct, personal, spontaneous, and responsive. She is a fellow at the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability in Arlington, Virginia, where she teaches leadership skills distilled from actor training.

From 2002 through 2016 Raun served as the founding director of the School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech. As a theatre voice specialist, her personal and professional mission is to promote transformation by developing healthy and varied voices—both literal and figurative—in individuals, institutions, and communities.

Raun has acted in over 150 theatre productions across the country and around the world, appeared in over 75 television and film productions, and served as a voice and dialect coach for more than 50 productions. She received her MFA in acting from Penn State, and BFA in theatre from the University of Nebraska. Her credentials include a professional internship in voice at the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard, and work with the voice and text department of the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon.

Raun is an award winning teacher and administrator. Her applied work in science communication is inspired by her work with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. Her interests include empathy development, serious games and roleplay, collaborative problem solving, and values-based leadership.



Watch Bob Root-Bernstein's keynote address at the 2017 EdTA National Conference in Nashville. Bob Root-Bernstein

Bob Root-Bernstein is a scientist, humanist, and artist at Michigan State University. He earned his A.B. and Ph. D. from Princeton University and then did his post-doctoral research with Jonas Salk at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. A MacArthur Fellowship (1981-1986) encouraged his multidisciplinary activities. He is currently a professor of physiology at Michigan State University where he studies the evolution of metabolic control systems, autoimmune diseases, drug development, and the creative process in the sciences and arts. He exhibits his artwork both in group and solo shows and collaborates with the transmedia artist Adam Brown.

In addition to serving on the editorial boards of several other scientific journals, Bob is an editor for LEONARDO, the journal of The International Society for Science, Technology and the Arts, for whom he edits a regular section on ArtScience. ArtScience explores the intersections of artistic and scientific practice from personal, methodological, historical and cultural perspectives. He also writes a blog on creativity in art and science with his wife Michele Root-Bernstein called “Imagine That!” on the Psychology Today website.

Bob has written four books, including Discovering and, with Michele, Sparks of Genius. He is at work on two more, one on artists and musicians as scientists and inventors, and the second on modern scientists as visual artists.





Thank you to our 2017 sponsors!

Music Theatre International. http://www.mtishows.com/ Realtime Music Solutions. http://rms.biz/ R&H Theatricals. http://www.rnh.com/ TRW. http://www.theatricalrights.com/ Samuel French. http://www.samuelfrench.com/ Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc. http://www.tamswitmark.com/ Playbill. http://www.playbill.com/