EdTA National Conference

The Educational Theatre Association’s National Conference gives educators the opportunity to meet hundreds of theatre professionals during an event filled with workshops, networking lunches, and professional development programming. Conference takes place in the fall with the event changing locations annually.

For the third consecutive year, EdTA will Livestream the keynote speakers during the EdTA National Conference. This year, all three keynote speakers will be streamed as well as the annual Town Hall discussion/panel. All members of the public are invited to watch on EdTA’s Livestream page.

This year’s streaming schedule is as follows:

Friday July, 25 9:00 am - Howard Sherman

Saturday July, 26 9:30 am - Jonathan Katz

Saturday July, 26 11:15 am - Town Hall/Panel Q&A

Saturday July, 26 5:30 pm - Pamela Myers

The 2014 EdTA National Conference has gone mobile! Schedule, alerts and more on your iPhone/Android.

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A series of articles from EdTA’s publications, Dramatics and Teaching Theatre, that are aligned to specific theatre standards.This page also includes links to an overview of the standards, the theatre performances standards, the theatre standards glossary, the NCCAS copyright permission guidelines, and the model cornerstone assessments.

Check it out!

Theatre teachers are heroes.

- Richard Hess, Chair of the Department of Drama at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, during a Fox 19 interview on the 2014 EdTA National Conference

Photos by Jim Talkington

Earlier this morning, EdTA Executive Director Julie Woffington; EdTA Educational Programs Manager Craig Branch; theatre teacher at Notre Dame Academy in Park Hills, Kentucky, Maggie Perrino and Richard Hess, Chair of the Department of Drama at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music appeared on Fox 19 to discuss the upcoming EdTA National Conference! Maggie and Craig demonstrated for viewers what participants could expect to learn in a dance class and Julie and Richard discussed the value of theatre education in teaching 21st century skills.

A special guest blog post from Ginny Butsch, community manager at EdTA

One of the traditions at Conference each year is honoring the newest inductees to the EdTA Hall of Fame. These individuals have dedicated more than twenty years of service to theatre education and serve as an inspiration to all who meet them. This year, we will celebrate Kerry Onxley, Larry Daw, and Scott Walker with an elegant dinner in the Continental Room of the Hilton.

Kerry Onxley is the artistic director of the Children’s Theatre Company in Lake Charles, Louisiana, home to Thespian Troupe 5701.

Larry Daw served as a troupe director for 35 years at Tigard High School, Troupe 2833, in Tigard, Oregon before retiring.

Scott Walker has been the troupe director at Milwaukie High School, Troupe 75, in Milwaukie, Oregon since 1992.

All Conference delegates are welcome to attend (reservations are required) and a number of prior Hall of Fame inductees will be on hand, identified by their well-deserved medallions, and eager to welcome the latest additions to the group.

One of the most memorable parts of this event is hearing the inductees share a few words as they accept their awards. There’s always a good balance of laughter and tears, a reassurance that all of the sacrifices made will be worth it in the end, and a feeling of great comaradery as the evening draws to a close. We hope to see you there!

We are so excited to meet the more than 60 first-time attendees coming to the EdTA National Conference.
There are more than 200 years of teaching experience among the EdTA Emeritus members attending this year’s National Conference.

Beautiful poster for the National Core Arts Standards!