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Submit a Workshop Proposal

The Educational Theatre Association invites teaching artists, theatre specialists and theatre educators to submit a proposal until November 1, 2022, to present workshops at the 2023 International Thespian Festival (ITF). 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 and their students, 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 only for teachers seeking professional learning opportunities in addition to the ITF workshop offering.

Workshop Types

  • 75 minute interactive workshop suitable for teachers and/or students
  • 75 minute interactive workshop suitable for teachers ONLY
  • 3 hour Professional Development Intensive for teachers (these are taught in conjunction with ITF, but as a separate event for the teachers)

Workshop Content

EdTA seeks proposals in theatre and technical theatre that reflect a broad spectrum of standards-based learning covering all five of our Theatre Education Framework categories (acting, producing/directing, designing, writing, and dramaturgy). Proposals should demonstrate best thinking in the field, informed by 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.

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 the National Theatre Framework and/or 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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September 1, 2022  Request for proposals opens
November 1, 2022, 11:59 p.m. ET Deadline for proposals
January 5, 2023 Selected presenters notified
March 1, 2023  Workshop schedule announced


For more information and assistance with submitting a proposal, check out this video on Understanding the EdTA RFP Process.


EdTA Speaker Honorarium and Expense Reimbursement Policy
International Thespian Festival

Teachers and Teaching artists presenting workshops or PDI’s will receive the standard teaching artist honorarium as established by the events director and complimentary registration. Housing and parking (up to six nights) and meals ($50 per diem) will be provided unless the teaching artist is also chaperoning a Thespian troupe. Travel expenses (flights, mileage, rental cars) will not be reimbursed and are the responsibility of the teaching artist.


· Honorarium
· Complimentary registration
· Housing and meals (unless chaperoning a Thespian troupe)

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. Housing, meals, and travel expenses will not be reimbursed and are the responsibility of either the individual or their company.


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