Excitement was high for EdTA, ITS, and ETF at the start of 2020: We were preparing to move our signature International Thespian Festival to Indiana University (its original location) to accommodate more students. ITS was seeing record numbers of students inducted as Thespians and Junior Thespians.
JumpStart Theatre was expanding to new cities. ETF was preparing to pilot our new Pathway program promoting racial equity through school theatre.
Then COVID hit. Schools shut down. Events and in-person productions had to be canceled. The connections so vital to theatre were severed as the world came to a screeching halt.
True to our core values, this organization worked together not only to survive, but to innovate and strive for excellence through all the unforeseen challenges.
As you’ll see in our 2020 highlights:
AT EdTA, ITS, and ETF, we are incredibly proud of achieving all these milestones during an incredibly tough year for a theatre education organization. But we are even more proud of our students, teachers, volunteers, and donors: It’s your dedication and support that made all these accomplishments possible.
While many things about the future remain uncertain, one outcome is for sure: School theatre programs will continue to thrive thanks to your creativity, resilience, innovation, and passion for our mission. Thank you!
Julie Cohen Theobald
Executive Director, EdTA
Gai Laing Jones
EdTA board of directors
ETF board of trustees