Salt Lake City, Utah
Joan Hahn made a lasting contribution to theatre education during thirty years of teaching. Her drama program at Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City had won, at the time of her induction, seventeen consecutive regional championships and many state championships.
In 1991 Ms. Hahn was named outstanding speech educator by the Utah High School Activities Association; she was also listed in that year’s edition of Who’s Who Internationally and has been named in Who’s Who of American Women for four consecutive years.
Ms. Hahn has served EdTA in several different capacities. She was Utah’s state Thespian director for four years and presented many workshops at state conferences. She was a regional director from 1974 to 1978 and a member of the board of directors from 1978 to 1982. She served as assistant international director from 1980 to 1982 and as international director (board president) from 1982 to 1984. During her term as international director Ms. Hahn took a sabbatical from her job at Cottonwood High School and traveled throughout the United States visiting high schools and colleges to present workshops, meet with theatre teachers, and promote ITS.
She describes her travels on behalf of EdTA as one of the greatest educational experiences of her life. A member of the headquarters staff says of Ms. Hahn, “She has a talent for making everyone she comes into contact with feel special.”