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School administrators across the country are receiving the message that Theatre Counts, thanks to a new report from the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) developed with the support of with EdTA and the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. AEP is sponsored by the Education Commission of the States, the national clearinghouse of educational data and resources serving K-12 education leaders throughout the country. Theatre Counts: How Theatre Education Transforms Students’ Lives is an in-depth research-based report that highlights the value of theatre education for all students across multiple areas of learning. Supported by vetted research throughout, ...
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Following last month’s announcement that Washington, DC-based Good Insight will lead the hiring of EdTA’s next executive director, the firm has begun the first phase of its recruiting process. In this “discovery” phase, the Good Insight team is gathering input from stakeholders to clarify the executive director’s key job responsibilities. “Discovery is a critical step in our recruiting process,” said Good Insight CEO Carlyn Madden. “Engaging with stakeholders allows us to identify the true needs and wants for this role and develop a candidate profile.” Earlier this month, the firm met with EdTA’s full board of directors, staff, the full search committee, ...
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The Educational Theatre Association nominating committee has selected six candidates to compete for two national board seats. The nominees for board director are Anthony Cimino-Johnson, Rob Duval, Stewart Hawk, Patricia Santanello, Silvia D. Scaife, and Teri Turner. EdTA board directors are elected to three-year terms. The election will be conducted by electronic ballot starting in January 2022. The two board director candidates with the most votes will be seated to begin their terms on July 1, 2022. "The selected candidates are passionate to serve the association with their expertise,” said nominating committee chair Gai Laing Jones. Candidates ...
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As in-person instruction has resumed this fall, theatre teachers and students across the country are thrilled to be returning to the stage. Yet school theatre programs — which offer critical support for social and emotional learning and life-skills development — continue to feel the pandemic’s effects, a survey by the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) shows. Despite COVID-related complications, schools kept theatre going during the 2020-21 school year: Ninety-two percent of EdTA member teachers said they staged at least one in-person production, and 68 percent did at least one virtual production. Yet 53 percent of EdTA member teachers reported that student ...
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Arts education across the nation could become even more integral to student and school success as well as more inclusive of diverse student experiences and cultures over the next five years as a result of a groundbreaking partnership between arts education organizations led by the National Art Education Association (NAEA), a national nonprofit for visual arts, design, and media arts educators. Partners received a more than $8.5 million federal grant to fund their project, Connected Arts Networks (CAN): Leveraging Arts Learning Communities for Teacher Leadership and Student Achievement, which focuses on equity, diversity, and inclusion; social and emotional ...
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As part of its commitment to open communication with members, EdTA’s board of directors is hosting bimonthly listening sessions throughout the 2021-2022 school year. The 60-minute sessions revolve around one focus topic for the first 40 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of open discussion, and are open to all EdTA members. November’s session will focus on the search for EdTA’s next executive director. As was recently announced, the association has retained Good Insight as the executive search firm to recruit and hire that role. The listening session will be an opportunity for members to meet the Good Insight team and provide input that will help them in their ...
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Washington, DC-based Good Insight has been retained to facilitate the national search for EdTA’s next executive leader. Search committee chairs Krista Carson Elhai and Matt Conover selected the firm following a monthlong proposal and interview process. “Good Insight’s focus in the nonprofit sector, commitment to anti-racism, and tailored hiring approach make it an ideal firm to guide us through our national search,” said Elhai. “We’re excited to have their partnership in finding the right candidate to lead EdTA into the future.” The firm works exclusively with nonprofit organizations, with a mission to “connect good causes to great leaders.” In the coming ...
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The Ohio Arts Council has awarded EdTA a $20,000 grant to support an association initiative to expand access to theatre education programming in Ohio schools. This fall, EdTA will prototype a “World Drama Club” designed to help students achieve cultural competence, improve social/emotional learning, and develop student leadership skills through theatrical learning. The prototype will target students in schools without arts programming, home-schooled or virtual school students, and students in geographically diverse rural and urban areas — audiences not served by the traditional troupe structure of the association’s International Thespian Society. “EdTA’s ...
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Have a question or idea about EdTA scholarships? Your EdTA board of directors will host a virtual listening session Thursday, September 9 at 7 p.m. ET focused on this topic. The session is open to all adult members; if you’d like to participate, sign up by September 8 to receive a meeting link. This is one of an ongoing series of sessions where EdTA members can share ideas and thoughts with the EdTA board. Sessions on other topics will be hosted throughout the year. President Helen Duranleau-Brennan, and Vice President Krista Carson Elhai facilitate the meetings. Other board members and EdTA staff will attend to ensure specific program feedback and suggestions ...
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Each year, EdTA members elect leaders to serve three-year terms on the board of directors. The association’s nominating committee is currently accepting applications from prospective candidates for the 2022 board election. Any EdTA professional member or Thespian troupe director is eligible to stand for election by filing a  candidate vita form no later than October 8 at 11:59 p.m. PT. The nominating committee will select two to four candidates for each of the two open seats. “EdTA is seeking leaders who are willing to dedicate their time and expertise to overseeing and creating governance policies that will impact the future of our organization,” said board ...
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The EdTA board has launched a national search for its next executive director to lead day-to-day operations and fulfill the organization’s vision and mission of shaping lives through theatre education. Julie Cohen Theobald, who led EdTA and ITS for the past decade — and launched ETF as the organization’s fundraising arm for students and teachers — will move on to a new career opportunity at the end of August. At their July meeting, the board endorsed the process for hiring Theobald’s replacement. The next step is selecting an executive search firm to assist the board in recruiting and hiring the executive director. A request for proposals was issued to ...
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There has been a change of address for those members who make payments to EdTA, the International Thespian Society, and the International Thespian Festival by check. Effective immediately, our new lockbox remittance addresses are: Educational Theatre Association PO Box 7410260 Chicago, IL 60674-0260 International Thespian Festival PO Box 7410258 Chicago, IL 60674-0258 Please note that these addresses are only for payments; our office is still located at 4805 Montgomery Road, Suite 400, Cincinnati, OH 45212. As always, when submitting payments by mail, please remember to include the remittance form found at the bottom of the invoice . Detach it ...
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Each year, the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) honors the achievements of individuals and theatre programs with special awards presented in recognition of notable accomplishments. This year’s list of recipients includes the following:   The Educational Theatre Association Administrator’s Award  recognizes outstanding school administrators who have demonstrated exemplary support for educational theatre and is awarded to  Nate Fancher  of Saint Cloud High School in Saint Cloud, Fla., and  Britt Adams of Northwest Whittfield High School in Tunnel Hill, Ga. As principals, both Fancher and Adams find ways to support the arts through accessibility, ...
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New Board Term Begins

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July 1 marks the start of a new EdTA board term, with new members joining and others transitioning to new roles. Helen Duranleau-Brennan is your new board president through June 30, 2023. Krista Carson Elhai has rejoined the board as vice president following her election in March. Gai Laing Jones steps into the past president role for one year. Appointed board member Leslie Johnson also joins the board, replacing Laurie Baskin. Duranleau-Brennan, Elhai, and Jones are all longtime theatre educators. Duranleau-Brennan currently works as a literacy and arts consultant for the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency. After 37 years in the classroom, ...
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Roshunda Jones  of G.W. Carver Magnet High School in Houston and  Holly Stanfield  of Bradford High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin, are the dual recipients of the second annual  Stephen Schwartz Musical Theatre Teacher of the Year Award  presented by  The ASCAP Foundation  and the  Educational Theatre Association  (EdTA). The award recognizes the highest level of achievement for a high school or middle school musical theatre teacher and comes with a $5,000 cash prize. This prestigious award is made possible by a grant from the Annenberg Foundation made in honor of Stephen Schwartz.   Because of the remarkable accolades of the two finalists, ...
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Free money for theatre education (almost) Now that I have your attention, here’s what I want to talk about: federal funding for theatre education programs. That’s right—money from Washington that can actually come directly to your program. This is not a fantasy. It’s real and it’s now. I’m talking about the American Rescue Relief Plan (ARP) that was signed into law in March. Embedded in the $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package is the Elementary and Secondary Education Relief fund (ESSER) that represents an unprecedented level of financial support for public education. ESSER III, called that as it is the third round of federal funding intended to help ...
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EdTA troupe directors are closing the curtain on an incredibly challenging school year. As you pack up your props and clean up your dressing rooms, here’s your ITS end-of-year checklist: A summary of reminders and useful information about your troupe business to help you close out this year and prepare for the next.   ☑ Take care of outstanding balances.   Have all your inductions and dues for 2020-21 been paid?  L og in  then choose My Orders on the left to check your  account, and  be sure to resolve any unpaid balances. Contact  members@schooltheatre.org  or (513) 421-3900 ext. 1 with questions.   ☑ Process troupe director changes. ...
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