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Our Mission

The Oregon Chapter of the Educational Theatre Association, home of the International Thespian Society, is a nonprofit organization that inspires and supports theatre educators to deliver equitable, transformative learning experiences for all.

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Our Vision

Making Theatre Arts Accessible

Cultivating theatre education across Oregon, by building a global community of creative problem solvers, effective collaborators, and empathetic individuals through theatre.

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Our Values

People matter
Strive for excellence
Work together
Be the person you want to work with

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Our Purposes

The purposes of OREGON THESPIANS are:

For theatre education throughout Oregon, as Thespians, we collaborate in a community with theatre students, teachers, and partners committed to the importance of educational theatre to lead, learn, and thrive through the following purposes:

  1. …provide and support opportunities to empower each other’s growth as artists through participation in educational theatre events and programs; and create dynamic student experiences to drive lifelong engagement

  2. …inspire student leadership and honor student voices;

  3. …foster adult leadership and provide shared resources and support through professional development;

  4. ...invest in the individual and collective growth and excellence of theatre educators;

  5. offer recognition of and endow scholarships to advance excellence in theatre education;

  6. invest in, advocate for, and amplify the value of theatre education that creates an accepting and encouraging support system at the school, district, community, and state level; and

  7. ….employ transparent practices and laser focus on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA). Oregon Thespians will be a model organization that represents our state’s diverse student body in educational justice that believes theatre is the vehicle for social change.

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Our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access, and Belonging Action Plan

Oregon Thespians is the Oregon Chapter of the Educational Theatre Association.

 

EdTA's Anti-Racist Statement and DEIA Action Plan can be found on the schooltheatre.org website.

Oregon Thespians DEIA Plan 2023-2027

"Respecting the Past. Being Future Focused." --Sharon Kneebone, CAE, Executive Director
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