State &

National Advocacy

How Do I Get Involved?

The Educational Theatre Association’s network of state-based organizations provides the foundation for strong advocacy through the coordinated efforts of our chapter directors and individual chapter leadership.

Getting started

  • Download the EdTA Statement of Educator Support letter and be prepared to use it if you, your district, or state is facing a challenge to theatre education.

  • Reach out to your chapter director to help organize a coordinated theatre action advocacy plan.

  • Find out if your state is represented on the organization’s Advocacy Leadership Network; if not, consider applying or recommending another member from your state.

  • Know who your state senator and house representative is.

  • Find out when these bodies are meeting and what bills are pending.

  • Look into who sits on the education committee (if there is one) and whether or not there is legislation pending that could impact arts education in your state.

  • Learn whether or not your state has an annual arts advocacy day and begin planning how you and your peers—both students and adults—can participate. 

The EdTA is also taking action at the state level in the form of our Advocacy Leadership Network! An amazing group of volunteers who work hard to make sure Theatre Education is a priority at the State and National Level.

Advocacy Leadership Network

2018 EdTA Volunteers of the Year

Alison Johnson, California 

Tami LoSasso, Colorado 

Michael Daehn, Indiana 

Mallory Nonnemaker, Georgia 

Jennifer Morgan-Beuchat, Kansas 

Helen Duranleau-Brennan, Iowa 

Erick Weeks, Mississippi 

Teri Turner, Missouri 

Sharon Chadwick, Nevada 

Zachery Bates, New Jersey ***

Lindsay Shields, New York 

Christopher Veneris, North Carolina 

Matthew Wolfe, Ohio

Kate Torcom, Oregon

Shannon Horn, South Carolina 

Anthony Cimino-Johnson, Virginia 

Zachary Schneider, Wyoming 


Want to see an example of state advocacy in action? Here's an example from West Virginia. West Virginia Chapter Director Martha Louden describes how West Virginia Thespians were able to obtain a $10,000 annual grant from the state legislature to help send their Chapter Select show to the International Thespian Festival.

Resources for State/National Advocacy

EdTA State and National Advocacy

Every Student Succeeds Act

EdTA's Guide to ESSA Theatre Education Opportunities

EdTA Advocacy Community

Americans for the Arts

Our partners


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