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WHO WE ARE

We are the state level organization of the International Thespian Organization and the Educational Theatre Association. The first Thespian troupe started in Fairmont, WV, making us the birthplace of thespians. 

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WHAT WE DO

THE EDUCATIONAL THEATRE ASSOCIATION

The Educational Theatre Association and its International Thespian Society branch have been working since 1929 to honor excellence among students of theatre and support the work of theatre educators. Originally focused on theatre in high schools, EdTA has in recent years broadened the scope of its mission to embrace the concept of theatre as an instrument of lifelong learning and has expanded its membership to include students and teachers in middle schools, and college students preparing for careers in theatre education.

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    CORE VALUES

        People Matter

  • Individuals have the opportunity to make a difference.

  • Take care of yourself and your colleagues. 

  • Cultivate each person's skills, strengths, and talents.

  • Be respectful, considerate, and honest with each other.

        Strive for Excellence

  • Define success.

  • Be open to and embrace positive change.

  • Look outside the walls of WV Thespians.

  • Learn and document new ways to do things better.

  • Take risks - turn both successes and failures into lessons learned.

        Work Together

  • The best ideas, performance, and results come through collaboration.

  • Focus on the objective ideas, not people.

  • Be kind, assertive and supportive, even when there is disagreement.

  • Work through conflicts, do not avoid them.

  • Support the final decision.

         Be the Person You Want to Work With

  • Celebrate individuality and honor diversity.

  • Engage fully.

  • Bring joy and optimism to your work.

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