EDUCATIONAL THEATRE ASSOCIATION

Cincinnati, OH   |  schooltheatre.org

Mission

Our mission is to shape lives through theatre education by:
• Honoring student achievement in theatre and enriching their educational experience
• Supporting educators by providing professional development, networking opportunities, resources, and recognition
• Influencing public opinion and policy-makers that theatre education is essential and builds life skills.

Ruling year info

1989

Principal Officer

Mrs. Julie C Theobald

Main address

4805 Montgomery Rd Suite 400

Cincinnati, OH 45212 USA

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Formerly known as

The International Thespian Society

EIN

31-0743605

NTEE code info

Professional Societies, Associations (A03)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Theater (A65)

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International Thespian Festival

The International Thespian Festival is an annual event held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.  This week long festival hosts approximately 2500-3000 delegates, including high school theatre students and educators.

Activities include:

Over 120 workshop options
The Technical Challenge--giving the technical theatre student an opportunity to compete and showcase their skills.
The student leadership program--this teaches essential leadership skills for state and national student leaders and officers.
The Playworks program--an annual playwriting competition.
The National Individual Event Showcase--an educational program that offers Festival delegates the opportunity to receive constructive feedback on prepared theatrical material and technical design.
Mainstage and showcase performances
The opportunity to audition and interview with over 50 colleges and univiersities
EdTA awards at least $25,000 in scholarships at this event.

Population(s) Served

Approximately 250-350 theatre educators and professionals attend this annual event held for 4 days in September-October.  The location changes every year (2010 NYC, 2011 Chicago, IL, 2012 San Diego). 

This Conference explores innovative approaches to student learning and assessment, teacher training, and recent trends in theatre education.

Activities include:


Up to 70 workshops


Proffessional Development Institutes


Opportunities to earn graduat credit


3-4 educator grants are given annually for teachers to attend

Population(s) Served

Junior Thespian Festivals, for middle school students (grades six through eight) and their teachers, provides Junior Thespians with opportunities to develop their theatre skills, make new friends, and share the theatre experience with their peers and teachers.

Junior Festival participants work on teams during the three-day event to create short plays that are staged for the entire Festival delegation in a closing presentation. This program gives delegates a chance to work with students from other schools, allows them to be part of an original work, and lets them shine in their area of strength—whether it’s performance, writing, or technical support—while accepting new challenges.

The Festival also features performances of plays by Junior Thespian-affiliated schools, an individual events program, and a schedule of workshops geared to middle school students.

Population(s) Served

Dramatics is the monthly magazine (published during the academic year, September through May) for high school theatre students and teachers. Features include new plays, practical articles on acting, directing, design, production, and other facets of theatre, and career-oriented profiles of working theatre professionals. Two annual special issues focus on college theatre programs (December) and summer theatre work and study opportunities (February).

Population(s) Served

Teaching Theatre is EdTA’s quarterly journal for professional theatre educators. A typical issue includes an article on acting, directing, playwriting, or technical theatre; a profile of an outstanding educational theatre program; a piece on curriculum design, assessment, or teaching methodology; and reports on current trends or issues in the field, such as funding, standards, or certification.

Population(s) Served

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Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2006

Theatre Communications Groups - Constituent Theatre 2000

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) is passionate about theatre education and we want all students to have access to theatre in their curriculum. We believe that theatre provides critical life skills necessary for educational and career success in the 21st century. We believe that theatre should be taught by qualified theatre educators.

Our mission is to shape lives through theatre education by:
• Honoring student achievement in theatre and enriching their educational experience
• Supporting educators by providing professional development, networking opportunities, resources, and recognition
• Influencing public opinion and policy-makers that theatre education is essential and builds life skills.

EdTA works with board, volunteers, staff, educators, students, and theatre professionals on four core strategies to achieve or mission.

• Raising theatre education's stature to build widespread support
• Broaden our reach by increasing diversity and access
• Increase involvement and leadership of current members
• Deliver evolving services and knowledge that leverage technology

EdTA and its student program, the International Thespian Society (ITS), began in 1929, and through the years has had over 2 million members. We continue to grow and expand. We are poised to achieve our strategic goals with the help of 43 state chapters, a base of key volunteer leaders, a growing student leadership program, nine board members, 30 staff, and over 80,000 members.

EdTA has a strong history of commitment to theatre education, and is recognized nationally. We have a strong base of financial support, and our membership is steadily increasing.

We have several successful programs in place, and all programs work to achieve our mission and strategies. These programs include:
• Dramatics Magazine, a monthly magazine for theatre students and educators
• Teaching Theatre journal, a quarterly journal for theatre educators
• The Thespian Festival, an annual week- long celebration of high school theatre, including over 150 workshops
• The EdTA Annual Conference, held for theatre educators, including professional development, master classes, continuing education, and workshops.
• The EdTA Leadership Summit, held annually for key volunteers, State Chapter Directors, and State Chapter Board Members
• The Junior Thespian Festival, held annually for middle school students, focusing on building theatre skills.
• Organized participation in Arts Advocacy Day, including sponsoring the Arts Advocacy Essay Contest, which grants a student travel and expenses to Arts Advocacy Day in Washington D.C.
• The Making Magic, Defying Gravity program, providing high school performers and technicians an opportunity to work with theatre professionals to put on a cabaret style performance, raising money for student scholarships
• The Send a Troupe to Festival Grant, providing one Thespian Troupe in 2012, and two Thespian Troupes in 2013 an all-expense paid opportunity to attend the premier high school theatre festival, including workshops and a chance to interact with over 45 colleges and universities
• The 2012 Survey of Theatre Education in United States High Schools in partnership with Utah State University
• Participation in the writing of the National Arts Standards for Education
• Awarded over $275,000 in student scholarships

What we have accomplished:
• EdTA serves as the eyes, ears, and voice of the school theatre community, advocating for a stronger role for theatre education in the curriculum.
• We continue to steadily increase our membership to strengthen our position as an organization that represents the theatre education experience from students to seasoned professionals.
• We offer our members the opportunity to participate in practical hands-on and face to face instruction, a vital component of the Association's mission. Every year, participation in these educational programs increases.
• We doubled the size of a donor funded grant, offering an educational opportunity to double the amount of underserved students.
• We have increased the number and dollars of student scholarships awarded
• We continue to upgrade and increase our use of technology to provide members with better service, more accessibility to Association resources, and a wider network to connect with one another

What haven't we accomplished yet?
EdTA has made great strides in increasing our membership, and in advocating for professional theatre educators in our schools. However, too many schools in our country today still lack a theatre program, or their funding has been drastically cut. We will continue to work towards increasing the importance of theatre education, and its role in establishing important 21st Century skills.

Financials

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EDUCATIONAL THEATRE ASSOCIATION

Board of directors
as of 10/3/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Debbie Corbin

Retired theatre educator, Branson, MO

Term: 2017 - 2019

Matt Conover

Walt Disney Imagineering - Creative Entertainment

Debbie Corbin

Retired theatre educator | Branson, Missouri

Hunter Bell

Writer, performer | New York, New York

Gai Jones

Theatre educator | Ojai, California

Krista Elhai

Theatre arts educator | Claremont, California

John Prignano

Music Theatre International

Richard Frazier

Northside High School Drama & Dance Teacher

Scott Walker

Theatre educator | Milwaukie, Oregon

Ben Stuart

Theatre educator, director | Seattle, Washington

Brian Curl

Performer, Teaching Artist

Laurie Baskin

Theatre Communications Group

Board leadership practices

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  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes