Junior Thespian Festival Handbook:
Services and benefits for Junior Thespian troupes and directors
Professional member benefits of the troupe director and affiliate professional members
Troupe directors and affiliate professional members are full professional members of the Educational Theatre Association. The troupe director’s membership is active as long as the troupe is active and he or she remains the troupe director. Affiliate professional membership remains active for a full year from the start date and may be renewed as long as the individual remains affiliated with an active ITS troupe.
Troupe director and affiliate member benefits. A list of EdTA professional member benefits is available at schooltheatre.org/memberbenefits. See details on some of those benefits below.
Publications and resources.
Dramatics. Published in print and digital editions monthly September through May, Dramatics is the only magazine that is edited exclusively for students and teachers of theatre to use in the classroom as an educational resource. The magazine publishes at least six new plays each year and features articles on all aspects of theatre, profiles of theatre professionals, instructional pieces on technical theatre, and more.
Dramatics annual special issues.
• The College Issue provides valuable resources for college-bound theatre students. Check out our College Resource Center and searchable directory at schooltheatre.org/collegeresourcecenter.
• The Summer Theatre Issue lists and describes opportunities for students to study, perform, or find work in theatre over the summer break.
Teaching Theatre. Published quarterly in print and digital editions, Teaching Theatre is the journal of record for the field of theatre education and is written for theatre educators, college theatre ed. majors, and supporters of educational theatre. The journal features articles on theatre curricula, advocacy news, trends in theatre education, and hands-on, how-to pieces on everything from scenery to directing.
Professional development opportunities.
EdTA National Conference. The event for busy theatre education professionals, the EdTA National Conference features practical workshops designed to be integrated into the classroom. Attendees learn about the latest trends in theatre education, hear from some of the most respected voices in the field, explore new subjects and techniques, and discover the newest programs and products in our Theatre Educator’s Expo area. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and college credit are available. See schooltheatre.org/conference.
Professional Development Intensives (PDIs). These are one- or two-day opportunities for theatre educators to develop their arsenal of professional skills on a specific topic. They are in-depth crash courses taught by experts and thought-leaders in the theatre education field. Topics range from directing a musical to curriculum development to stage lighting. Participation allows attendees to advance a graduate degree or earn continuing education credits. See schooltheatre.org/professionaldevelopment.