Premiere Communities for Theatre Education

Recognizing schools and school systems that exemplify excellence in theatre education.

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Premiere Communities for Theatre Education is a distinction from the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) that recognizes schools and school systems that exemplify excellence in theatre education.

Rooted in EdTA’s Opportunity to Learn Standards for Theatre Education, the distinction is awarded to schools and districts that provide teachers and students with the resources to achieve at or above standard as suggested by the National Core Arts Standards in Theatre. The Premiere Communities for Theatre Education distinction supports EdTA’s vision that every student will have access to theatre taught by qualified educators as a vital part of a well-rounded education.

Preparing Your Application

To learn more about preparing your Premiere Communities application expand each numbered area below, or download the PDF version here.

    •  Student demographics
    •  Teacher/student ratio
    •  Course enrollment rates
    •  Theatre education electives offered at your school
    •  Theatre teacher qualifications
    •  Standards used for assessing theatre education
    •  Theatre facilities at your school
    •  Budget/funding (including Title I and Title IV usage)
Section C: Curriculum and Curricular Resources
Required Evidence:
Additional Evidence (choose one):
Section E: Staffing Required Evidence (choose one):
Additional Evidence (choose one):
Section F: Resources and Equipment Required Evidence (choose at least one):
Section G: Safety Required Evidence:
Additional Evidence (choose one):

Submitting Your Application

Access the application for the Premiere Communities distinction here.

Fill out the application any time between August and January. The distinction will be awarded each year in April. The distinction is applicable for three years, after which schools must re-apply and submit new documentation to ensure continuing adherence to the qualifications of the distinction.

Texas Educators: Texas Thespians has created a tiered application especially for you to earn dual-distinctions at both the state and EdTA levels. Submission dates for Texas Thespians state applications will be September 1 – January 1, and EdTA applications from January 15 – March 15. Click here to access the Texas versions of both Premiere Communities applications. These applications are ONLY for educators in the state of Texas.

Premiere Communities for Theatre Education Toolkit

Recipients of the distinction will receive a toolkit with resources to help publicize your school as a Premiere Community for Theatre Education. This toolkit includes:
  • Tips on how to promote your program and its distinction as a Premiere Community for Theatre Education.
  • Facts about theatre education to use in your advocacy efforts and promotion.
  • Promotional Assets
    • Official certificate
    • Access to order exclusive official banner
    • Customizable press release template
    • Social media graphics
Example of a Banner featuring your school as a Premiere Community for Theatre Education
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