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

EdTA is the parent organization of the International Thespian Society, a student honor society that has inducted more than 2.5 million Thespians since 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

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Our Vision

Building a global community of creative problem-solvers, effective collaborators, and empathetic individuals through theatre.

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Our Mission

EdTA inspires and supports theatre educators to deliver equitable, transformative learning experiences for all.

Inspiring theatre educators to transform lives.


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The Impact of Theatre Education

The impact of a quality theatre education goes beyond the known intrinsic values of collaboration, cooperation, and communication. Theatre builds empathy in young adults, allows them to explore diverse perspectives, and challenges their thinking and the way they perceive the world around them. These are skills that will enrich humanity.
Jenn Katona 2024
Dr. Jennifer Katona
EdTA Executive Director
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Our Codes and Policies

Interested in learning more about how EdTA is governed and operated? Explore our code of regulations defining the organization’s mission, leadership structure, and membership policies.

We encourage members to view EdTA’s safety and reporting policy, which reflects our commitment to maintaining a safe, supportive, professional, and anti-racist environment in all activities. Reports can be made anonymously through a third-party hosted online form or phone hotline.

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