Early Career Educator Track

You’re excited to start your career as a theatre educator – and probably a little intimidated. You don’t have to do it alone! TEC 2024 will set you up for success: Participate in a track of expert-led workshops just for theatre educators early in their careers. PLUS: Get matched with a mentor who will provide you with coaching and moral support all year long, and connect with new colleagues just like you.

Training Workshops

Designed to be taken in sequence, this track covers all the essentials – think of it as the theatre-specific job onboarding your school doesn’t provide. Walk away from the weekend ready to rock your job!

Thriving (Not Surviving) Your First Year 

Ayesis Clay, Sculpted Clay Productions
September 27 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Balancing the demands of classes, productions, and your own personal life can be challenging for theatre educators. Learn authentic, sustainable wellness and stress-management methods that honor your creative self. Remember: Self-care isn’t selfish!

Curriculum Mapping Your First Year 

Dr. Jennifer Katona, EdTA Executive Director
September 27 | 2:30-3:30 p.m.
You’ve got curriculum to write – now what? Learn to use backward mapping to build units of study. This session walks you through identifying skill-based theatre instruction, writing lines of inquiry, and developing formative and summative assessments, aligned to national standards.

Culturally Responsive Teaching Methods

Joshua Rashon Streeter, Emerson College
September 27 | 3:45-4:45 p.m.
Learn how to teach in ways that speak to all students. Designed to extend your learning on curriculum mapping, this session shows you how to weave culturally responsive teaching methods throughout your curriculum.

Designing and Running a High School Theatre Season

Corey Mitchell, The Theatre Gap Initiative
September 28 | 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Gain practical insights and strategies to create a successful and vibrant theatre program for your school community. This in-depth session covers all the nuts and bolts, including scheduling, play selection, budgeting, and leveraging booster clubs and sponsorships to support your productions.

Directing for New Theatre Teachers

Corey Mitchell, The Theatre Gap Initiative
September 28 | 10:45-11:45 a.m.
This immersive session covers essential pre-production steps, effective design and staging techniques, and the art of building a cohesive production team. Get practical advice on rehearsal strategies, creating realistic timelines, and scaling expectations for both plays and musicals, ensuring a successful and enriching experience for your students.


Your support from EdTA doesn’t stop with the workshops! New teachers will get matched up with a mentor to help you navigate your first year.

Find Your Community

At TEC, you’ll become part of the EdTA theatre educator community. You’ll have the opportunity to form friendships with other educators and connect with industry partners and vendors who have services and solutions to help your program. You’ll walk away from the weekend with all the tools you need to succeed!