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Oregon Theatre Educators Association

The Oregon Theatre Educators Association (OTEA) is Oregon’s professional organization for teachers of theatre or theatre-related disciplines at all levels, elementary through secondary, as well as post-secondary theatre education students. OTEA is the teacher-centered arm of the Oregon Chapter of EdTA, home of ITS.

For more information about the Oregon Theatre Educators Association, please contact our Membership Director Julia Cuppy at


While the OTEA works year-round to provide support and advocacy for theatre education, the organization’s focus is its annual Fall Conference, typically held on the second Friday and Saturday in October (designated by many districts as either an in-service or non-contract day).


OTEA is a program of the Oregon Chapter of the Educational Theatre Association. The Chapter’s student-centered program is Oregon Thespians, while OTEA is a teacher-centered program.


Membership in OTEA is automatic for all adult members of EdTA, whether or not the member is affiliated with a Thespian Troupe.  EdTA offers several types of memberships, from Pre-Professional access (for college students) to Emeritus Memberships (for retired educators).  Click here for complete information.

Note that, by chartering a Thespian Troupe, one adult membership is granted for the designated Troupe Director.  Individual Memberships are also available for educators who are affiliated with a Thespian Troupe, or who have no Troupe affiliation.

While members receive a discounted rate at OTEA events and activities, participation is open to all theatre educators in Oregon.


OTEA activities are planned and executed by the Oregon Thespians Board of Directors. This includes the annual one and a half day Conference of workshops and resource sharing. 

Registration for the Fall OTEA Conference is done online each Fall.


2023 OTEA Professional Development Conference

Friday-Saturday, October 13-14, 2023

Who: OTEA – all of us theatre educators from around Oregon, including teaching artists & arts organizations


What: Annual conference including discussions, workshop sessions, and social/networking opportunities!


Where: Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites • 2525 Ashland St. • Ashland, Oregon 97520

Website: (see below for reservation info)



(Optional informal social gathering as folks arrive: Thursday, October 12 at 6:00 P.M.)

Programming is all day Friday and ends on Saturday morning.

Friday, October 13 from 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. programming

optional informal/social evening time/Oregon Shakespeare Festival/Oregon Cabaret Theatre


Saturday, October 14 from 9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. programming/wrap up

Why: This is Oregon’s only statewide professional development focused solely on theatre education.

FEATURED FACILITATOR: Joshua Rashon Streeter (see below for Bio)

“Implementing Vision and Values: Developing a Collaborative and Collective Impact Plan to Influence and Advance Theatre Education Across Oregon” 

Rooted in identity-conscious education and critical pedagogy, this hands-on workshop provides members practical tools, strategies, and approaches to forward the work of Oregon Thespians. Focusing on coaching, leadership, and collaboration, we will identify our core values and individual leadership styles; unpack and analyze the organization’s mission, vision, and values; and develop a working plan to move into action in the next three years. During the sequential two-day workshop, we will seek your ideas, opinions, and perspectives through a range of embodied and dialogic strategies. This experience focuses on collective impact by gathering classroom teachers, teaching artists, and arts organizations together to imagine, design, and advocate for theatre education across the state.


This Professional Development is both rejuvenating, and worthy of our time and energy!


Registration Info:

$85 for CURRENT OTEA members*

$95 for non-Members*

$50 First Timers* (new to Oregon Thespians/OTEA)

*Membership in OTEA is automatic with membership in the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA). There are several ways to become an EdTA Member, whether as Troupe Director of a Thespian Troupe, or without any affiliation or participation in Thespians. Visit for more information.



Individual Calls: Individuals will make their own reservations by calling the hotel directly at 541.482.8310 or toll free at 855.482.8310. Guests must indicate the name of the group (Oregon Theatre Educators Association) when booking.
Online Reservation: Individuals are also welcome to book their rooms online by taking these 3 easy steps:

  1. Visit our booking site at

  2. Enter the date of the stay and number of nights

  3. Enter your GROUP ID NUMBER: 635946 in the Group ID field

Individual reservations may be cancelled 72 hours in advance without penalty.

Please note: Bring your furry friends and family! Well-behaved pets are welcome. Stretch your legs while strolling with your pet on our expansive grounds. Availability is limited, so please call the hotel to make your arrangement. Please read pet policy.

Remember, they are not permitted at the conference events unless they are a service animal.

Thanks for understanding!

Joshua Rashon Streeter (he/him/his) is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Education at Emerson College. His teaching focuses on critical pedagogy, K-16 pre-service and in-service education, drama and theatre education, Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA), musical theatre, and arts integration. Joshua’s scholarship analyzes the pedagogies used in rehearsals and classrooms and considers the relationship between process and product in a creative experience. He is an artist-educator-scholar of color. 

Joshua was named the 2015 Winifred Ward Scholar from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE), an honor going to one M.F.A. or Ph.D. candidate in the US each year named after the founder of the field of creative drama. More recently he received the 2021 Ann Flagg Multicultural Award (AATE), the 2021 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Inclusivity (JMU), and was one of three national finalists for the Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty

As a theatre-maker, Joshua loves to make work that is aesthetically and narratively driven – playing with light, objects, movement, and music. He was a 2021 finalist in the Reimagine: New Plays in TYA initiative. Additionally, Joshua is a professional director (musical theatre and theatre for young audiences). 

Joshua was also one of the twelve writers for the National Theatre Standards and continues to work as a consultant to numerous state departments of education. For the past 15 years, he has created and facilitated workshops across the nation, including the American Alliance for Theatre and Education National Conference, Educational Theatre Association National Conference, Woodruff Arts Center Educator Conference, NYU Forum on Educational Theatre, National Association for the Education of Young Children National Conference, Tennessee Arts Academy, and Drama for Schools Summer Institute. 

He previously held a professorship at James Madison University (JMU), where he built and led the Theatre Education Pre-Professional Licensure Program and the Teaching Artist Concentration. Joshua was also a Center for Faculty Innovation (CFI) teaching associate and a faculty member in the African, African-American, and Diaspora (AAAD) studies program at James Madison University. 

Joshua holds degrees from Millikin University, Emerson College, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Texas at Austin. 

OTEA Award Nominations

Oregon Theatre Educators Association facilitates several awards, to recognize significant contributions to theatre education in Oregon by both individuals and organizations.

These awards include:

Rae Mona Reynolds Humanitarian Award  – This award is named in honor of Rae Mona Reynolds, theatre instructor at David Douglas High School for over 30 years. Ms. Reynolds passed away in 1990. The award shall be presented to an individual or business who, through unselfish donation of time or monetary support, has furthered the activities of secondary school theatre in Oregon. Not necessarily a career achievement award, the Reynolds Award may be selected for a single unselfish donation of time or money rather than a work over a period of years.


Previous recipients include: Larry Daw, Phyllis Quanbeck, Oregon Shakespeare Company, Portland Repertory Theatre, Lisa and Bill Greenhoot, William Mastrosimone, Mike Fisher, Kirk Boyd, Bob Burgoyne, Arlo Gatchel, Mark Huisenga, Carolyn Hindman, Portland Center Stage, and The Young People’s Theatre Project.

Rex Rabold Memorial Award – This award is named in memory of Rex Rabold, graduate of South Salem High School and Oregon College of Education (now Western Oregon University), who distinguished himself as an actor and teacher, primarily at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. 


The award is presented to an individual who received a substantial portion of their education in Oregon and has achieved professional status in acting, writing, directing, or other aspects of theatre arts. The recipient of the award should have had a portion of their career in direct contact with students or teachers of secondary school theatre.

Previous recipients include: Susan Brown, Wayne Ballantyne, Michael Hibbard, Bruce McDonald, Janet Mouser, Tom Ulmer, Debbie Edwards, Carolyn Hindman, John Remington, Susan Seiber, Scott Walker, Carrie Jo Vincent, Mike Fisher, Ms. Zena and David Lund.


Michael Hibbard Memorial Award – This award is named in memory of Michael Hibbard, long time theatre teacher and director at Madison HS and member of OTEA. Michael created a unique sense of community through educational theatre in every organization in which he was a part. The award will be presented to an individual who or organization that builds and sustains a sense of community through educational theatre.


Below is the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Manual for Oregon Theatre Educators Association. This document can be printed and added to a hardcopy manual, if desired. Check the date of any hardcopies you have. Below is the most current version.

Also available is the HOW TO guide for Hosts, or those considering hosting.

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