the latest from thespian nation
Happy New Year, Ohio Thespians! At the start of a new year, we have six items for you including important updates about the 2018 Ohio Thespian State Conference.
The Educational Theatre Association’s Advocacy Leadership Network ALN will begin accepting applications for new state chapter members on November 15. Launched in 2017, the ALN is designed to train state adult members in grassroots advocacy efforts on behalf of theatre and other arts education. The network selected members from 10 states in its first year and will[…]
Welcome back, Ohio Thespians! In this month’s newsletter we have six items. Read on!
Welcome back, Ohio Thespians! Thank you to all the students, teachers, and volunteers who helped make this year’s LEAD such a success.In this month’s newsletter we have six items including announcement regarding scholarship opportunities and our monthly trivia question. Read on and be in the know!
Welcome back, Ohio Thespians! In this month’s newsletter we have one important upcoming deadline, six news items, and the return of our monthly trivia question.When you’re finished reading, check out our new website with information about scholarships, grants, and how to become an honor troupe.
Please join the International Thespian Society and Ohio Thespians for the first ever Ohio Thespians Annual Reunion on Saturday, September 16th at the Short North Stage in Columbus, Ohio. Featuring local actors performing alongside current Thespian students, this event will bring together lovers of theatre to benefit programs that create access to theatre education for[…]
Current Seniors are invited to attend the Ohio Unified Interview and Audition Day January 6, 2018, at Dublin Scioto High School. For the 5th consecutive year, Ohio Thespians is sponsoring a once-a-year opportunity for students to audition for Musical Theatre, Acting, Design & Technology, and General Theatre programs. Universities from across the state and surrounding areas[…]
Senior Sarah Parrott as the first ever recipient of the Jimmy Humphries Endowed Scholarship in Technical Theatre. Nominated by Centerville Performing Arts Center Manager Mike Cordonnier, Parrott was selected from a pool of talented nominees in recognition of her extraordinary commitment in the classroom and on the stage.“Sarah has always been a student that I[…]
Dr. JoBeth Gonzalez – known affectionately as Dr. G by her students – has been a leading advocate for theatre education in Ohio for decades. As a teacher at Bowling Green High School, she has directed innumerable plays and musicals, and served as the long-time leader of her school’s thespian troupe. Over 23 years at[…]
Congratulations to Centerville High School’s Bryan Miller, Ohio EdTA Theatre Educator of the Year!We are delighted to announce the selection of Bryan Miller as the 2017 Theatre Educator of the Year. Miller is the Performing Arts Center Technical Director at Centerville High School, and was chosen from a pool of student-nominated applicants in recognition of[…]
About Ohio Thespians
an educational theatre association affiliate
The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) is a national nonprofit organization of over 100,000 student and professional members. The Ohio Chapter was founded in 1975, and has over 5000 active members in 365 schools across the state. We empower thespians through educational enrichment opportunities, access to scholarships and college auditions, awards, competitions, and a passionate network of peers. Our mission is to shape lives through theatre education, honoring student achievement in theatre and enriching their theatre education experience. We support teachers by providing professional development, networking opportunities, resources, and recognition. The EdTA operates the International Thespian Society (ITS), an honorary organization that has inducted more than 2.2 million theatre students since its founding in 1929. Each year, more than 40,000 students from around the country join our number. Today, over 4,000 secondary schools are home to a thespian troupe.
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Scholarships, Grants, and Awards
for troupes, students, and educators
Send a Troupe to Conference
Providing a one-time grant for a current Thespian troupe and Junior Thespian troupe unable to attend state conference for the past three years because of financial barriers.
Herb Sprowls Grant
Granting financial assistance for select students to attend the Ohio Thespian State Conference.
Ginny Chizer & Bob Fose Scholarships
Benefiting Thespians who have demonstrated exceptional participation and leadership on the local and state level.
Jimmy Humphries Scholarship
Assisting Thespians who have participated in technical theatre and are planning to study technical theatre in college.
Big Yellow School Bus Grant
Administered by the Ohio Arts Council, the Big Yellow School Bus grant supports school visits to arts and cultural activities and can help you get your troupe to conference.
New Troupe Charter Grant
Administered by the Educational Theatre Association, the New Troupe Charter Grants program awards grants to qualifying schools to fund the charter of an International Thespian Society troupe and induction for up to ten students.
Southwest Area Scholarship
Recognizing an exceptional southwest area thespians hoping to study theatre or theatre education after high school.
Educator of the Year
Celebrating the valuable contributions thespian troupe directors and educators make to the culture of their high schools and the lifelong impact they have on students. Any one may nominate a theatre educator to receive the award.
Honor Troupe recognition promotes excellence and challenge troupes to achieve greater things in the future. Any number of troupes can be recognized each year.
Administrator of the Year
Recognizing principals and superintendents who support theatre within their schools
Hall of Fame Nominations
The Educational Theatre Association Ohio Chapter Hall of Fame honors those individuals who have given outstanding service to Ohio EdTA and Ohio Thespians.