Our Mission

The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) is a national nonprofit organization with approximately 90,000 student and professional members. EdTA’s mission is shaping lives through theatre education by: honoring student achievement in theatre and enriching their theatre education experience; supporting teachers by providing professional development, networking opportunities, resources, and recognition; and influencing public opinion that theatre education is essential and builds life skills.

EdTA operates the International Thespian Society (ITS), an honorary organization that has inducted more than two million theatre students since its founding in 1929. The North Carolina Theatre Association works along side EdTA. 

SHAPING LIVES THROUGH THEATRE EDUCATION

NORTH CAROLINA NATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL

Every year, hundreds of high school Thespians bring their love of all things theatre to the Thespian Festival, a celebration of student achievement in the performing arts. Organized by the Educational Theatre Association and hosted by the North Carolina Educational Theatre Association, the Festival is a one-of-a-kind, weekend immersion experience in singing, dancing, acting, designing, directing, creating, writing, and memory-making. Festival features workshops presented by theatre professionals, individual and group performances, programs for technical theatre students, and other opportunities. Whether you're just beginning your theatrical journey, a seasoned senior with an impressive resume and great headshot, or an educator seeking enriching professional development -- the International Thespian Festival has something to offer you! Start planning now! We hope to see you in Greensboro, March 17-19, 2016. 

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