The Educational Theatre Association is an international nonprofit organization that serves as the professional association for theatre educators.

EdTA is the parent organization of the International Thespian Society, an honorary organization that has inducted more than 2.5 million Thespians since its founding in 1929.

Additionally, EdTA operates the Educational Theatre Foundation, the organization’s philanthropic arm dedicated to increasing opportunity and access to school theatre.

Theatre Students & Thespians

About the Educational Theatre Association

Our Vision

Every student will have access to theatre taught by qualified educators as a vital part of a well-rounded education.

Our Mission

Shaping lives through theatre education. 

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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.”
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Julie Cohen Theobald
Former EdTA Executive Director and Current ETF Trustee

Core Values

People Matter

Strive for Excellence

Work Together

Be the Person You Want to Work With

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