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.
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
-ADVOCACY AT WORK-
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.