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.
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We are working on some great deals for Conference attendees! The first of which is being offered by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company:

Educational Theatre Association participants are invited to a special performance & after party:

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presents:

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

All the Best Bits of the Bard!

What better way to celebrate the completion of the entire Shakespeare canon by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company than by doing it all over again – in one evening! The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) features three actors on a mission: to bring the entirety of Shakespeare’s works to life on the stage in one fell swoop. Gallop along with us as we careen wildly through all the comedies, histories and tragedies using a trunkful of props, wigs, and outrageous costumes – it’s a joyous Shakespeare jambalaya you definitely don’t want to miss.

Saturday July 27, 2014

Show: 7:30-9:15pm

After party: 9:15pm- to approx. 10:30pm

The after party will include a reception of hors d’oeuvres and cash bar!

Special discount:

EdTA Participants: $30 Tickets for the performance and after party.

To purchase tickets-

Online: Use Code “EDTA” for the special rate.

Box Office: Call 513-381-2273 and mention code “EDTA”

Seating is limited so advanced reservations are recommended.

Theater is located only a short walking distance from the conference at 719 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

The EdTA National Conference is where theatre educators are reminded that the best teachers are also learners. It’s a place where validation happens and ideas are born, borrowed, and re-imagined. Conference is not just professional development—it’s an opportunity to become the educator and artist you want to be.

This year’s EdTA National Conference will be held at the beautiful Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. We asked our friends at the Netherlands to tell us a little bit about their hotel:

The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza is Cincinnati’s “must see” hotel. The hotel is a French art deco masterpiece that has been completely restored to its 1930s grandeur.

The hotel is a National Historic Landmark and a charter member of Historic Hotels of America.

Located in the heart of Cincinnati across the street from the renovated Fountain Square Entertainment District,  the hotel is just one short block (connected by skywalk) from the Duke Energy Convention Center. The Hilton is also within the Carew Tower complex with shops and restaurants and within walking distance of 90+ additional restaurants, shops, and attractions including Great American Ball Park, Paul Brown Stadium, the National Underground Freedom Railroad Center, Contemporary Arts Center and Aronoff Center for the Arts, The Banks Entertainment Districts and the brand new Horseshoe Casino. Complimentary shuttle service for the casino is available.

The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza is a AAA Four-Diamond hotel and fine dining restaurant since 2004. The hotel is also Hilton Hotel’s #1 Hotel in the USA for Food & Beverage four of the last five years. Executive Chef Todd Kelly has been named the #1 Chef in the USA by the American Culinary Federation, a 20,000+ chef organization and he’s also a  Hilton “Signature Chef” – one of just six in the USA.  Meetings Focus Magazine has named the hotel “Best of MidAmerica” from 2006-2013 – as voted by meeting planners.  

The hotel offers renovated guestrooms with all-new flat-screen televisions with expanded high-definition programming, in-room safes and fridges, wireless high-speed internet access, new blackout curtains, new seating, new softgoods and Hilton Hotel’s Serenity Bed.

Guests enjoy complimentary access to The Gym at Carew Tower, located on the hotel’s lower level. This 13,000 square foot facility features an indoor pool and Jacuzzi, 10+ treamills, ellipticals and stairclimbers, weight equipment, aerobic classes and more.

On-site fine and casual dining include:

·        Orchids at Palm Court – Named #7 Best Restaurant in the USA by OpenTable (2014) and rated Forbes Four Stars for 2013 & 2014. Fine dining service nightly.

·        The Grille at Palm Court features an extensive breakfast buffet, lunch with weekday create-your-own-pasta bar and buffet and Sunday Brunch

·        The Bar at Palm Court offers relaxed fare with creative cocktails, weekday happy hour and live jazz Friday & Saturday

·        PCExpress offers guests a weekday option for breakfast on-the-go.

Additional amenities include valet parking at prevailing rates with in & out privileges; two business centers open 24 hours; beauty salon and barber shop located just off of the lobby and gift shop. Check in time 4 pm; check out 11am.


Hall of Fame inductee Leslie Moon Van Leishout
Presented by James Van Leishout

Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Nienhueser
Presented by Bob Henrichs

Hall of Fame inductee E. Frank Bluestein
Presented by Paula Flautt

Hall of Fame inductee Michael B. Fisher
Presented by Ruben Van Kempen

Hall of Fame inductee Robert Singleton
Presented by Amy Jordan

Actor and educator Richard Robichaux in a funny, moving tribute to his teachers, from an elementary school in Channelview, Texas to an acting conservatory in New Jersey.

Video taken at the 2012 EdTA National Conference in San Diego, California.

The 2014 EdTA National Conference will be held at the Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Plaza.

Open since 1931, the Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Plaza is one of the world’s finest examples of French art deco architecture. The Netherland is a AAA Four Diamond Hotel and a registered National Historic Landmark.

We are so excited to hold one of our most important events of the year in this beautiful, historic space, located in downtown Cincinnati.

Cincinnati hosted Conference in 2004. Performer and advocate Kitty Carlisle Hart attended as a special guest. Have a look!

At many schools, the theatre department has just one faculty member. One person to teach, plan, grade, build, design, and direct. Long hours, tight budgets, and limited access to colleagues can make the workload feel overwhelming.

The Educational Theatre Association’s National Conference gives theatre educators the opportunity to network with hundreds of other theatre professionals while also growing as a theatre professional and as an educator. Rigorous professional development programming and engaging keynote addresses from leaders in the field inspire, strengthen, and motivate participants to return to their programs with renewed passion and energy for the important work they do.

The 2014 Conference will take place in Cincinnati at the Hilton Netherland Plaza in July. We hope to see you there.


The 2014 theme: Theatre at the Core

Theatre is a recognized core subject that integrates a wide range of knowledge and teaches the most valued twenty-first century skills of education—creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication. But in too many schools the opportunity for students to experience the art has diminished. To ensure that theatre is part of education reform, we need trained teachers like you who understand that “theatre at the core” means it is essential to every child’s education.

Are you registered for Conference? Then follow the discussion in the Theatre Education Community.

I want to come to the 2014 National Conference. How can I demonstrate the benefits to my administration?

The 2014 EdTA National Conference is a great place to network with other theatre educators and receive important professional development, but sometimes it can be hard to express that to a school administration. EdTA is here to help! Check out our justification toolkit. It provides five easy steps to help make the case that professional development benefits not only educators, but each and every one of their students as well! Don’t forget to download the encouragement letter from EdTA Executive Director Julie Woffington.