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Theatre Professor Honored with Founders’ Award

Dr. Mary Schuttler of the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) has been honored with the Educational Theatre Association’s Founders’ Award which is presented to an individual or group who has made significant contributions to the growth and development of theatre education, research, and practice. The award recognizes work that supports the principles and mission of its founders to promote and strengthen theatre education. The award was presented as part of the awards luncheon at EdTA’s National Conference, September 20.

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(l-r) EdTA Board President Gai Laing Jones, Dr. Mary Schuttler, EdTA Executive Director Julie Cohen Theobald

Dr. Schuttler has headed the UNC theatre education program for 25 years, training and mentoring hundreds of new K-12 theatre educators and creating one of first distance learning programs in theatre in the country.

In addition to her contributions within the University, Dr. Schuttler has worked to advance the profession by serving at the state and national levels including as co-chair of the 2014 National Coalition for Core Standards Theatre Standards Committee, a critical component to the success of these now nationally accepted standards.

Dr. Schuttler has also served EdTA at both the state and national levels. A long-time board member for Colorado Thespians, she has also consulted for the Colorado Department of Education and the state’s arts alliance, and has held the office of national EdTA Board member as well as president. And she has presented dozens of workshops at the Colorado and International Thespian Festivals for students and teachers. Dr. Schuttler, a Thespian alum, was inducted into the EdTA Hall of Fame in 2005.

In presenting the award, EdTA Executive Director Julie Cohen Theobald said, “For all that you have done for EdTA—your many workshops, committee and board memberships, published articles, mentorship of young and aspiring theatre educators and so much more—thank you. It is a privilege to acknowledge your extraordinary contributions to the field of theatre education, and the breadth of your work as a teacher, mentor, scholar, and visionary leader. EdTA would not be who we are today without supportive and wise leaders such as you.”


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