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Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

2019 Hall of Fame Inductees
2019 Hall of Fame Inductees, from left: Jennifer Morgan-Beuchat, Lynn Jensen, Robert Fowler, Tony Matthes, and James Thomas Bailey. Photo by Susan Doremus

Established in 1990, the Hall of Fame recognizes those members who have made outstanding contributions to theatre education for twenty or more years, and induction represents the highest honor awarded by the Educational Theatre Association to theatre educators. Every year we induct new members at the EdTA National Conference and celebrate the impact they have had in shaping lives through theatre education.

2020 Hall of Fame Recipients

Tim Buccheit, Hall of Fame Award Recipient in 2020

Tim Buccheit

Washington, Missouri

Tim Buchheit has served as a distinguished theatre educator for 31 years and is currently director of theatre at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School, home to Thespian Troupe 2787, where he developed the speech and theatre curriculum and oversaw the rebuilding and opening of a new theatre facility. Buchheit has proudly directed hundreds of productions, notably, a one-act previously performed at ITS. Buchheit, past treasurer for Missouri Thespians, is currently on the events committee. He has received the Walmart Teacher of the Year Award and the Missouri Thespian Educator of the Year Award. In 2006, he co-founded the Riverside Players community theatre to increase the awareness, education, and appreciation of theatre in Franklin county. Clayton Smith, Columbia College professor, and former student-turned-colleague noted, “Tim has shown me who I am, and who I can be. I know he helps other students and peers see this in themselves as well. He cares more deeply for his students and for his troupe than any educator I have ever known.”

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Michael Daehn

Muncie, Indiana

Michael Daehn has served in many theatrical roles but is most proud of his role as an educator. He started his high school theatre teaching career at Stevens Point (WI) Pacelli. Sixteen years ago, he joined the faculty at Ball State University where he created the nationally recognized theatre education program. Daehn most recently served as troupe director for Burris Laboratory School, home to Thespian Troupe 712, from 2005-2020, and previously Appleton West High School, home to Thespian Troupe 3402 in Wisconsin from 1995-2004. Daehn has directed more than 180 productions on the high school, college, and professional levels and co-created the Prism Project, which provides an annual performance opportunity for students on the autism spectrum. He was recently awarded the EdTA’s Founders Award for his overall contributions to the field and is a past winner of the EdTA Volunteer of the Year Award. He is a regular contributor to EdTA’s Dramatics magazine and Teaching Theatre journal. He has served as a Democracyworks essay contest judge, Thespian Playworks reader and director, ITF Showcase production, and national adjudicator. Daehn is the Indiana representative and an original member of the Advocacy Leadership Network.

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Marti Fowler

Chesterfield, Missouri

Marti Fowler dedicated 22 years to instructing talented students and seven years as an art coordinator in the Hazelwood School District. It was during this time that Fowler directed and choreographed more than 100 productions while serving on the Missouri Thespian board. She has received the Missouri Thespians Administrator of the Year Award, been inducted into Missouri Thespians Hall of Fame, EdTA Standing Ovation Award, and Presidents’ Award. After retirement, Fowler and husband Bob, a 2019 EdTA Hall of Fame inductee, developed the instructional series Practical Technical Theatre, which has been used in more than 2,000 schools worldwide. Fowler has also funded more than $35,000 in theatre education scholarships. Elected to the EdTA Board in 2018, she serves until 2021.

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Billy Houck

Carmichael, California

Billy Houck has served as a distinguished theatre educator for 39 years. He retired as a theatre teacher in 2018 from Fremont High School, home to Thespian Troupe 2753, where he developed a project-based theatre education program including coursework in acting, stagecraft, Shakespeare, stage combat, movement, musical theatre, technical theatre, design, playwriting, and literary analysis. Houck has directed more than 200 productions and written 15 published plays. He was a theatre critic for a San Luis Obispo newspaper, a dramaturg publicist, and former director for the Central Coast Shakespeare Festival. Houck has been a member of EdTA since 1981, serving on the California Thespian board as co-director and northern California representative. In 2006, he was inducted into the California Thespian Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame by Year

2020

Tim Buchheit
Michael Daehn
Marti Fowler
Billy Houck

2019

James Thomas Bailey
Robert Fowler
Lynn Jensen
Tony Matthes
Jennifer Morgan-Beuchat

2018

Meaghan Dunham
Helen Duranleau-Brennan
Harriet Matthews
Lou Volpe
Jas Warren

2017

Lori Hathaway
Gina Parrish

2016

Betsy Bishop
Jeff Hall
Paul E. Hampton
Holly Stanfield

2015

Debbie Corbin
Dean Feldman
Michael Hamilton
Carolyn Reid Hindman
Kim Staples

2014

Larry Daw
Kerry Onxley
Scott Walker

2013

E. Frank Bluestein
Michael Fisher
Jeff Nienhueser
Robert Singleton
Leslie Van Leishout

2012

Donnie Bryan
Robert (Bob) Henrichs
Ben Martin
Frank M. Pruet
Ruben Van Kempen

2011

Debra Barnum
Richard Chudomelka
Jan Shelton Hunsaker
Tom McNally
Jerry D. Smith, Jr.

2010

Max Brown
Anita Grant
Liz Hansen
Patricia Santanello

2009

Gail Burns
Krista Carson Elhai

2008

Jonathan Gillespie
Martha (Marty) A. Hancock
Patricia Lee Hitchler
Madelon Horvath
Terry McGonigle

2007

Lana Hagan
Jay W. Jensen
Edward C. Moon
Janine West.

2006

Chris Bundy
Glenn Edwards
Craig Ihnen
Linda Wise

2005

Dr. Phillip W. Moss
Beverly M. Murray (Moerbe)
William H. Myatt
Dr. Mary J. Schuttler
Linda Webb

2004

Eric Brannen
Steve J. Halper
Gloria McIntyre

2003

Beverly Blanchette
Virginia (Ginny) Chizer
Michael Peitz

2002

Debby Gibbs
Peter Sargent
Jay Seller

2001

Marie Glotzbach
Byron Grant
Yatesy Harvey
Kim O’Rourke

2000

Kaleta Brown
Thomas Orr
Len Radin
Ethel Pitts Walker
Brian Welch

1999

Charles Jeffries
Sandy Levitt
Jhon Marshall
Bobby Smith

1998

Ron Bright
Constance Dillow
Mildred Hoelscher
Angelita Martinez de Florio

1997

Michelle Busti
George Dearani
Barbara Gensler
Deb Holloway
Ron Nocks

1996

Joe Burnsworth
Mort Clark
Nancy Sprowls
Diana Evans Vance

1995

Jane Armitage
Carol Lommen
William H. Lord

1994

Alan Engelsman
Karen Husted
Gai Jones
Freda Kenner
Paul Opp

1993

Diane de Julio
C. Lynn Frost
Gerald Ray Horne
Lois Sackman

1992

Joseph Hildon Boyd
Robert L. Johnson
Ronald L. Longstreth
Krin Brooks Perry
Pam Ware

1991

Harmon E. Beekman
Barbara D. Dusenbury
Douglas H. Finney
Robert L. Geuder
Joan C. Hahn
Harlen L. Hamm
Melba Day Henning
Fred B. Hutchins
Ellis L. Jordan
Harry T. Leeper
Julian T. Myers
Helen S. Smith
Ernestine O. Smizer

Alphabetical Hall of Fame

A

Jane Armitage

B

James Thomas Bailey
Debra Barnum
Harmon E. Beekman
Betsy Bishop
Beverly Blanchette
E. Frank Bluestein
Joseph Hildon Boyd
Eric Brannen
Ron Bright
Kaleta Brown
Max Brown
Donnie Bryan
Tim Buccheit
Chris Bundy
Gail Burns
Joe Burnsworth
Michele Busti

C

Virginia (Ginny) Chizer
Richard Chudomelka
Mort Clark
Debbie Corbin

D

Larry Daw
Michael Daehn
George Dearani
Constance Dillow
Meaghan Dunham
Helen Duranleau-Brennan
Barbara D. Dusenbury

E

Glenn Edwards
Krista Carson Elhai
Alan Engelsman

F

Dean Feldman
Douglas H. Finney
Marti Fowler
Robert Fowler
C. Lynn Frost

G

Barbara Gensler
Bob Geuder
Debby Gibbs
Jonathan Gillespie
Marie Glotzbach
Anita Grant
Byron Grant

H

Lana Hagan
Jeff Hall
Steve J. Halper
Michael Hamilton
Harlan L. Hamm
Paul E. Hampton
Martha (Marty) A. Hancock
Joan C. Hahn
Liz Hansen
Yatesy Harvey
Lori Hathaway
Melba Day Henning
Robert (Bob) Henrichs
Carolyn Reid Hindman
Patricia Lee Hitchler
Mildred Hoelscher
Deb Holloway
Gerald Ray Horne
Madelon Horvath
Billy Houck
Jan Shelton Hunsaker
Karen Husted
Fred B. Hutchins

I

Craig Ihnen

J

Charles Jeffries
Jay W. Jensen
Lynn Jensen
Gai Jones
Robert L. Johnson
Ellis L. Jordan
Diane de Julio

K

Freda Kenner

L

Harry T. Leeper
Leslie Van Leishout
Sandy Levitt
Carol Lommen
Ronald L. Longstreth
William H. Lord

M

Jhon Marshall
Ben Martin
Angelita Martinez de Florio
Tony Matthes
Harriet Matthews
Terry McGonigle
Gloria McIntyre
Tom McNally
Edward C. Moon
Jennifer Morgan-Beauchat
Phillip W. Moss
Beverly M. Murray (Moerbe)
William H. Myatt
Julian T. Myers

N

Jeff Nienhueser
Ron Nocks

O

Kerry Onxley
Paul Opp
Kim O’Rourke
Thomas Orr

P

Gina Parrish
Michael Peitz
Krin Brooks Perry
Frank M. Pruet

R

Len Radin

S

Lois Sackman
Patricia Santanello
Peter Sargent
Mary J. Schuttler
Jay Seller
Robert Singleton
Helen S. Smith
Bobby Smith
Jerry D. Smith, Jr.
Ernestine O. Smizer
Nancy Sprowls
Holly Stanfield
Kimberly Staples

V

Ruben Van Kempen
Diana Evans Vance
Lou Volpe

W

Ethel Pitts Walker
Scott Walker
Pam Ware
Jas Warren
Linda Webb
Brian Welch
Janine West
Linda Wise

Alphabetical Hall of Fame

by first name

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