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Important Educational Resources for Students and Teachers of Stagecraft

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Important Educational Resources for Students and Teachers of Stagecraft

The KCAAEN is a coalition of statewide not-for-profit Alliances for Arts Education working in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (pictured here).

© Carol Pratt

Tomorrow's top theatre pros and techs will only get where they're going thanks to the training they receive today -- which is why the organizations listed here are so important.

Some especially vital and important educational resources in stagecraft and the performing arts would include the following helpful organizations and links:

The Institute of Outdoor Drama
Website: http://outdoordrama.unc.edu/
The Institute of Outdoor Drama at East Carolina University
College of Fine Arts and Communication
310 Erwin Building
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
Telephone: (252) 328-5363
Fax: (252) 328-0968

Take a few clicks to discover The Institute of Outdoor Drama, which is a public service agency of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. It's an intriguing web destination to visit, as the only organization in the U.S. that actively seeks to support the fostering of "artistic and managerial excellence and expansion of the outdoor drama movement through training, research and advisory programs," and which does so on this kind of national level.

The Institute refers to itself as a "national clearinghouse for more than 75 constituent theatre companies across the nation," but all that really boils down to is the fact that it offers some great directories of current outdoor productions, while also providing a fascinating glimpse of how other communities and groups -- often as many as a dozen or two dozen at a time -- are staging or creating new outdoor theatrical works, or how they're reimagining the traditional Shakespeare festival in a brand-new way.

ATHE: The Association for Theatre in Higher Education
Website: http://www.athe.org/
P.O. Box 1290
Boulder, CO 80306-1290
Phone: 1-888-284-3737 or 1-303-530-2167
Fax: (303) 530-2168
Conference Info: http://www.athe.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=6
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/110085438269/

The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) provides valuable information, awards, conferences, journals and publications, projects, and resources for those working within the theatre education world. Despite its slightly chilly website, it's a goldmine for those willing to dive in to do a little exploring.

ATHE's 2012 conference returned to Washington, D.C. from August 2-5, 2012, with panels, workshops, sessions, as well as featuring a host of top industry vendors. ATHE annual awards include important honors such as the Ellen Stewart Career Achievement Award, the Outstanding Teacher of Theatre in Higher Education Award, along with awards for excellence in Editing, Leadership, and multiple awards for playwriting and teaching. Just bear with the site's idiosyncracies and you'll still find a lot to love.

NAST: The National Association of Schools of Theatre
Website: http://nast.arts-accredit.org/
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190-5248
Telephone: 703-437-0700
Facsimile: 703-437-6312

The National Association of Schools of Theatre, or NAST, is an organization encompassing schools, conservatories, colleges and universities offering accreditation, training and degrees in theatre arts. NAST establishes the national standards for undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees and other credentials for providers of education in theatre arts while also providing vital information to potential students and parents, along with statistical information, professional development, consultation and policy analysis. Membership with NAST is only achieved via a peer review accreditation process, with Individual Membership available by application.

Educational Theatre Association (EdTA)
Website: http://www.edta.org
Educational Theatre Association
2343 Auburn Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45219-2815
Telephone: 513-421-3900
Fax: 513-421-7077
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/schooltheatre
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/schooltheatre
Twitter (Advocacy): http://twitter.com/edtadvocacy

As an organization with 4,600 professional members, and with over 3,900 affiliated high schools and middle schools whose thespians number over 100,000, the EdTA works to enrich and change lives through the power of theatre education, honoring the outstanding achievements of theatre students while supporting and enriching their learning opportunities and training within the performing arts.

NAST is also dedicated to supporting the training and development of professionals in the field as well, providing them with resources, recognition, and networking opportunities. The EdTA also publishes Teaching Theatre, an industry journal for educators in the theatre and performing arts.

Kennedy Center Alliances for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN)
Website: http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/kcaaen/
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20566
Telephone: (202) 416-8817
Fax: (202) 416-4844
E-mail: kcaaen[at]kennedy-center.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KennedyCenter
Twitter: http://twitter.com/KenCen

The Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN) is a coalition of statewide not-for-profit Alliances for Arts Education working in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to support policies, practices, and partnerships that ensure the arts are an essential part of American K-12 education.

The KCAAEN brings together educators, school administrators, parents, cultural leaders, and citizens from across the nation. The Network seeks to advance the quality of education through the inclusion of the arts in K-12 curriculum. The Kennedy Center supports the growth and development of the Network and the efforts of participating State Alliances through staff consultation, professional development, and other resources.

International Theatre Institute (ITI)
Website: http://www.iti-worldwide.org/
International Theatre Institute
UNESCO, 1 rue Miollis
75732 Paris Cedex 15, France
E-mail: Info[at]iti-worldwide.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/generalsecretariat.iti

The International Theatre Institute uses the power of the performing arts as an indispensable bridge-builder for mutual international understanding and peace, supporting and highlighting "the deep discourse taking place on our stages," and focusing on art-making and advocacy for the practice of performing arts on every level: politically, culturally, educationally, and socially.

The Institute for Education and the Arts
Website: http://www.edartsinstitute.org/
1156 15th St. NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202.223.9721
E-mail: info[at]edartsinstitute.org
Blog: http://edartsinstitute.blogspot.com/

Based in Washington, D.C., The Institute for Education and the Arts was established in 2002 to promote the use of the creative arts to help teach core academic subjects at the K-12 levels. The Institute is the education program of the National Music Center and Museum Foundation, a private non-profit organization operating in association with the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress. The Institute is a member of the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative, and conducts a variety of programs that explore and demonstrate how the arts are used as teaching tools to help students of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to become more engaged and successful in their learning.

The Canadian Association for Theatre Research
http://www.catr-acrt.ca/
E-mail: levin[at]yorku.ca

Founded in 1976, The Canadian Association for Theatre Research is a nonprofit organization created in order to encourage, support and nurture research in stage and performance studies in Canada, with a special focus on Canadian work. With a membership including students, scholars and theatre professionals from around the world, the Association works to promote research (and promotion and publication of its results) into Canadian theatre and drama, in order to "encourage the collection and analysis of Canadian theatre materials," and to emphasize and maintain the exchange of information and research in progress on an ongoing basis. Every year, the CATR strives to recognize and spotlight member accomplishments through the provision of several different honors, awards and scholarships for those working in the theatre and performance studies.

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