2022 Leadership Day did away with paper schedules and programs and instead turned to the new EdTA Events app. Throughout the day, attendees could use the app to find their track, schedule, and information on workshops and presenters. The app also updated users on any changes that occurred throughout the day. Besides the benefit of saving paper, the app was a convenient and efficient way for students to stay informed at Leadership Day.
This year, the keynote speech was delivered by Kevin Worley, a seasoned Broadway professional and Iowa Theatre alumn. Mr. Worley relayed an important message that he learned during his time on broadway: Don’t waste your time on fear.
Students considering becoming a State Thespian Officer had the opportunity to sit down with the current STOs to get an overview of the process and position as well as learn helpful tips and things to keep in mind throughout the application process and possible STO term. Each candidate that attended the lunch will receive a current STO as their mentor who will remind the candidate of deadlines, answer questions, and be their general support system throughout the STO application process. In addition to all the information, everyone in attendance also received a delicious lunch to eat before departing to afternoon workshops.
Advocacy Info from The President of EdTA
During closing ceremonies, all attendees heard from Helen Duranleau-Brennan, the current president of the EdTA Board of Directors. Her speech focused on advocacy and what troupes in Iowa can do to advocate for the arts. She mentioned events and activities students and directors can participate in to advocate for representation for the arts. Her words served as a reminder for just how important it is forleaders in theatre to use their positions and passion to advocate for support, funding, and equality within the arts.
Our mission is to honor student achievement in theatre and enrich the educational experience, to support educators by providing professional development, networking opportunities, resources, and recognition, and to influence public opinion and policy-makers that theatre education is essential and builds life skills.
We are passionate about theatre education and believe all students should have access to theatre curriculum which provides critical life skills for educational and career success in the 21st century.
Questions? Contact our Chapter Director Lynn Jensen at firstname.lastname@example.org