State Advocacy

The Educational Theatre Association’s network of state-based organizations provides the foundation for strong advocacy through the coordinated efforts of our chapter directors and individual chapter leadership.

Getting started

  • Download the EdTA Statement of Educator Support letter and be prepared to use it if you, your district, or state is facing a challenge to theatre education.
  • Reach out to your chapter director to help organize a coordinated theatre action advocacy plan.
  • Find out if your state is represented on the organization’s Advocacy Leadership Network; if not, consider applying or recommending another member from your state.
  • Know who your state senator and house representative is.
  • Find out when these bodies are meeting and what bills are pending.
  • Look into who sits on the education committee (if there is one) and whether or not there is legislation pending that could impact arts education in your state.
  • Learn whether or not your state has an annual arts advocacy day and begin planning how you and your peers—both students and adults—can participate.

Here's an example of state advocacy in action. West Virginia Chapter Director Martha Louden describes how West Virginia Thespians were able to obtain a $10,000 annual grant from the state legislature to help send their Chapter Select show to the International Thespian Festival.


The list of organizations included here are national groups that offer tools and information that can support statewide (and local) advocacy initiatives.

Arts Education Partnership


AEP provides information and communication about current arts education policies and issues at the national, state, and local level. Among their resources is a searchable state arts education policy database that tracks the latest information on state policies that support learning and teaching in the arts.

The Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network

KCAAEN is a coalition of thirty-three state-wide non-profit alliances working in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to support policies, practices, and partnerships working to ensure that the arts are part of American K-12 education.

State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education

SEADAE is a membership organization made up of the state education agency representatives who are responsible for public arts education in their individual states.

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

NASAA is the membership organization that unites, represents and serves the nation’s state arts agencies. Each of the 50 states has created an agency to support excellence in and access to the arts.

The Council of Chief State School Officers

The Council of Chief State School Officers is nationwide, non-profit organization of state school superintendents who head state departments of elementary, middle, and secondary education throughout the country.

The National Conference of State Legislatures

The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation’s fifty states. You can find out who your senators and representatives are and their contact information and what bills are pending in your state legislature.