St. Louis, Missouri
Ernestine Smizer served EdTA in a wide range of leadership roles. As a teacher at Webster Groves High School in St. Louis, Missouri, she attended five national and international conferences and took on major responsibilities at each. She served on the scholarship selection committee for three conferences and was security chair for two conferences. She also served as chair of the international cultural exchange committee at one conference.
Ms. Smizer was a state Thespian director for Missouri from 1963 to 1968 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 1968. During her term on the board, she helped design the Thespian scholarship program and oversaw the transformation of Dramatics magazine from a house organ to a first class educational theatre publication. Ms. Smizer has continued to support EdTA by courting donors and sponsors. In 1990 she secured a large gift for the organization from the John R. Stubbins Foundation. As one EdTA staff member described her, “Ernie is vibrant and gutsy—a role model to us all!”