Submit a Workshop Proposal

The Educational Theatre Association invites teaching artists, theatre specialists and theatre educators to submit a proposal until 11:59pm ET on April 1, 2023, to present workshops at the 2023 Theatre Education Conference (TEC). If you plan on presenting with a partner or team, please choose one lead presenter who will serve as the main point of contact. Once you have submitted a workshop proposal, you may not increase the number of presenters on your team. We welcome proposals from our valued industry partners, however please remember that workshops must be limited to passing on your theatre knowledge and skills, and must not be used in any way to promote a particular product or service.

Workshop Length and Audience

As you prepare your workshop proposal, note that your audience will primarily be theatre educators (classroom teachers, teaching artists, administrators), so plan your workshops accordingly. Rooms will be scheduled in 75 minute time blocks, you may choose to divide that time into 60 minutes of content with a 15 minute Q & A or a full 75 minutes of content. There will also be a limited number of intensive workshops, known as Professional Development Intensives, offered as professional learning opportunities in addition to the Conference workshop offerings.

Workshop Types

  • 75 minute interactive workshop
  • 3 hour Professional Development Intensive

Conference Theme: The Power of You

EdTA seeks proposals in theatre education and technical theatre education that support a broad spectrum of teaching and learning to further the professional growth of teaching artists, classroom teachers and other theatre arts education stakeholders. Workshop proposals should support the Conference theme "The Power of You" by addressing topics such as teacher leadership, culturally responsive teaching, teacher wellness and well-being, and teachers as agents of change.

Proposals should demonstrate best thinking in the field, informed by research, theory, experience, and practice. EdTA is an educational theatre association; so rigor is important to us. As you complete your proposal, keep in mind that the adjudication committee will be looking to understand what you intend to teach the participants and how they will learn and grow from what you have to offer. Use the proposal process as an opportunity for the adjudicators to get to know you and your strengths.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

EdTA is actively focused on racial equity to address the ongoing underrepresentation of BIPOC presenters and role models across the field. It is our goal to ensure that our educational theatre events represent the diversity of the population. Please be prepared to cite examples of the ways in which your proposed workshop aligns with our goals and works to raise cultural awareness and encourage culturally responsive education.

Workshop Adjudication Process

After the workshop proposal process closes, a team of theatre educators and staff from EdTA will work together to score each of the workshops using a field tested scoring tool. These scores will help determine the final workshop offerings. The adjudicators will be looking carefully at the proposals for strength in these areas: Artistic Excellence , Educational Merit, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Relevance.

View the EdTA Workshop Proposal Adjudication Rubric here.

Artistic Excellence

  • Quality of the artist, organization, sample works and/or services and skills.
  • Skilled practitioner who will inspire attendees to learn and grow their theatre knowledge.

Educational Merit

  • Workshop aligns with best practice in theatre education. (i.e. theatre frameworks, National Theatre Standards)
  • Solid instructional design with achievable learning goals.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Reflects the diversity of the population.
  • Demonstrates culturally responsive instruction and practice.


  • Appropriateness of the proposed workshop to the event’s goals and EdTA’s mission.
  • Proposed content represents important theatre learning.

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February 1, 2023 Request for proposals opens
April 1, 2023, 11:59 p.m. ET Deadline for proposals
May 1, 2023 Selected presenters notified
June 1, 2023  Workshop schedule announced



EdTA Speaker Honorarium and Expense Reimbursement Policy
Theatre Education Conference

Workshop presenters will receive the standard teaching artist honorarium as established by the events director and complimentary registration. All other expenses will not be reimbursed and are the responsibility of the workshop presenter.

Exhibitor/Sponsor staff whose company is registered as an exhibitor and/or sponsor may present up to 3 workshops and will not receive the standard teaching artist honorarium as established by the events director.


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