THE EDUCATIONAL THEATRE ASSOCIATION
The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) is a professional organization supporting the field of theatre education. Members include theatre arts educators, students, professionals, and enthusiasts. EdTA’s student division is the International Thespian Society (ITS), an honorary organization for middle school and high school theatre students. EdTA publishes Dramatics magazine, a monthly magazine for high school theatre students, and Teaching Theatre journal, a quarterly magazine for theatre education professionals.
NEW YORK THESPIANS
New York Thespians is a chapter of the Educational Theatre Association which sponsors the International Thespian Society. Thespian troupes are chartered in public and private schools through the country. New York Thespians has troupes all across New York in both public and private schools, representing excellence in theatre education.
The New York Chapter promotes dialogue, communication and interaction between various theatre programs in New York State. We believe that it is through the sharing of best practices and resources that the artistry and educational impact of educational theatre will continue to grow. We believe that theatre education should be available for all students. The New York Chapter hosts an annual state festival which brings together middle and high school students and teachers from across New York state.
MISSION: Shaping lives through theatre education
We are passionate about theatre education and we want all students to have access to theatre in their curriculum. Theatre provides critical life skills necessary for educational and career success in the 21st century. And we believe that theatre should be taught by qualified theatre educators.
THE NEW YORK CHAPTER BOARD
Julie Congress, Chapter Director
Ryan Emmons, Chapter Director
Mark Drum, STO Coordinator
Lindsay Shields, Outreach and Web Design
Shara Zeiger, Social Media
Erin Moughon, Jr. Thespians Coordinator
Larry Fogarty, Tech Challenge
Jon-Michael Hernandez, Venue Liaison
Chip Killingsworth, Venue Liaison
Luke Weidner, Workshop Coordinator
2015-2016 State Thespian Officers (STOs)
Abeizer- Valley Stream High School
Alexis- Great Neck South High School
Bella- Great Neck South High School
Jack- Great Neck South High School
Jonathan- Great Neck South High School
Noah- Great Neck South High School
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