This winter, EdTA members will choose two new board directors from a slate of six candidates put forward by the EdTA nominating committee. No petitions were filed for the 2022 election.
The 2022 ballot also will include four proposed changes to the code of regulations.
Election dates and details
The election will begin January 25 by way of online balloting. All members in good standing as of December 20, 2021, will be eligible to vote. Members will receive voting instructions via email; please ensure your information is up to date with EdTA’s membership department. Voting will close March 16.
Member voting guide
The annual board election is EdTA members’ opportunity to have a voice in the future of the association. EdTA encourages all adult members to get to know the candidates and the code changes before voting.
You can learn about each of the candidates’ qualifications and visions for the association, as well as the details of the proposed code changes, in our 2022 election guide.
Here’s a quick introduction to each of the candidates (listed alphabetically).
Theatre educator at Rock Ridge High School and MFA theatre education candidate at MUW. He earned a certificate in arts administration from the University of Connecticut, and MA in drama therapy at New York University. An educator and member of Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, Cimino-Johnson strives to create brave and equitable spaces for students and colleagues.
Rob is a theatre teacher/director at ‘Iolani School and board director for Hawaii Thespians, where he previously served as the first chapter director and treasurer. Inducted into the International Thespian Society in 1985 (and still has his membership card!), he enjoys acting, reading, and proudly supporting two children — both Thespians.
Recently retired after 40 years of teaching at the secondary and college level, Stewart has served on the Washington Thespians board since 2006 and is currently the co-chapter director. In the professional world, Hawk has directed and/or choreographed numerous productions. He is currently working as a voice artist.
Santanello is theatre director at Dublin Scioto High School, a board member for the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education and a member of EdTA’s main stage adjudication committee. She previously served on the EdTA board from 2002-2005 and on the Ohio chapter board from 1990-2021, with eight years as co-chapter director.
Silvia D. Scaife
Career Technical Director for Auburn City Schools, Scaife is a current EdTA board member and the Alabama Thespians performance coordinator. She holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and teaching. An educator/administrator of 24 years, Scaife was named Auburn City Schools System Teacher of the Year at elementary, middle, and high school levels.
Grain Valley, Mo.
A speech/theatre educator of 13 years with middle and high school experience, Turner serves on the EdTA Advocacy Leadership Network, Missouri Thespians board, and Missouri Alliance for Arts Education board of directors. Past roles include president of the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri, Show-Me Summit advocacy training chair, and Thespian alumni.