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. We also believe that theatre should be taught by qualified theatre educators.
THE NEW YORK CHAPTER BOARD
Luke Weidner, Co-Chapter Director
Lindsay Shields, Co-Chapter Director
Mark Drum, STO Coordinator
Shara Zeiger, Social Media
Erin Moughon, Jr. Thespians Coordinator
Michael DiBianco, Advocacy Chair
Melissa Bouganim, Fundraising Chair
Jon-Michael Hernandez, Venue Liaison
Chip Killingsworth, Venue Liaison
2017-2018 State Thespian Officers (STOs)
Diego, STO Chair
Feleesha, STO Chair-Elect
Victoria, Jr. Thespian Co-Chair
Jacob, Jr. Thespian Co-Chair
Ayana, Outreach Chair
David, Advocacy Chair
Carol, Newsletter, Awards, and Recognition Chair
Jade, Service Chair
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