by Cory Wilkerson Each year when we launch the DemocracyWorks Essay Competition I fondly recall the time it took my
Theatre Students & Thespians
About the Educational Theatre Association
Every student will have access to theatre taught by qualified educators as a vital part of a well-rounded education.
Shaping lives through theatre education.
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 policymakers that theatre education is essential and builds life skills.
The Impact of Theatre Education
“I think there's a perception that the arts are secondary to core subjects like reading and math. But what the research would suggest is that by participating in theatre, students learn creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.”
Julie Cohen Theobald
Former EdTA Executive Director and Current ETF Trustee
Every individual has the opportunity to make a difference.
Take care of yourself and your colleagues.
Cultivate each person’s skills, strengths, and talents.
Be respectful, considerate, and honest with each other.
Strive for Excellence
Be open to and embrace positive change.
Look outside the walls of EdTA. Learn and document new ways to do things better.
Take risks – turn both successes and failures into lessons learned.
The best ideas, performance, and results come through collaboration.
Focus on the objective and challenge ideas, not people.
Be Kind, assertive, and supportive, even when there is disagreement.