MISSOURI THESPIAN AWARDS AND HONORS

Each year MO State Thespians honor individuals, schools, and theatre programs that exemplify quality theatre arts education. Nominations are open to active members. All questions regarding Awards and Grants should be sent to Chad Little at clittle@parkwayschools.net. ALL APPLICATIONS DUE BY NOVEMBER 1ST!

The Judith Rethwisch Outstanding Theatre Educator Award-

Established in 1988; Renamed in 1993

Description of Award:

         This awarded is presented to a deserving teacher who exemplifies the best qualities of a teacher within their building, district, and community.  They will also represent the very best in Theatre Educators.

Qualifications:

  • Nominee must be a current theatre teacher
  • Nominee must be teaching in a school with an EDTA recognized Thespian Troupe
  • Nominee can not have received this award before.

Application Process:

  • Completed Nomination Form
  • Completed Nomination Form must be mailed to Chad Little so that your teacher does not know they are being nominated. Chad Little, Parkway North HS, 12860 Fee Fee Rd, St. Louis MO, 63146
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation but NO MORE than 5 (consider; Students, Colleagues, other Troupe Directors, Parents, Alumni, building or district Administration)
  • A Letter of Recommendation SHOULD NOT exceed 1 page in length

 

Outstanding Educator Application

For a complete list of recipients please see our Archive Page on the Missouri Thespian Website.

 Outstanding Administrator Award - Established in 2003

Description of Award:

            This is awarded to a school administrator or team of administrators for their dedication and efforts to support educational theatre in their building, district and community.

Qualifications:

  • Must be an administrator at this time or just retired the previous school year
  • Nominee can not have received this award before

Application Process:

  • Completed Nomination Form
  • Completed Nomination Form must be mailed to Jennifer Forrest-James
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation but NO MORE than 5 (consider; Students, Colleagues, other Troupe Directors, Parents, Alumni, building or district Administration)
  • A Letter of Recommendation SHOULD NOT exceed 1 page in length

 

For a complete list of recipients please see our Archive Page on the Missouri Thespian Website.

Debbie Corbin Outstanding Service Award - Established in 1993; Renamed in 2012

Description of Award:

            This honor is given to a person or persons within your community that has demonstrated a love for educational theatre its students. 

Qualifications:

  • Recipient of this award will have provided outstanding services to the school or Missouri Thespian theatre community
  • Nominee will have exhibited a love for and dedication to educational theatre through their efforts on behalf of the school or Thespian community

Application Process:

  • Completed Nomination Form
  • Completed Nomination Form must be Mailed to Jennifer Forrest-James
  • A Letter of Recommendation but NO MORE than 3 (consider; Students, Community Members, Alumni, Administration)
  • A Letter of Recommendation SHOULD NOT exceed 1 page in length

 

For a complete list of recipients please see our Archive Page on the Missouri Thespian Website.

Missouri Thespians Hall of Fame - Established in 2011

Description of Award:

           This honor is presented to an individual or team who has demonstrated a  dedication to Educational Theatre, a history of promoting theatre in their community, building ...etc. through years of service.

Qualifications:

  • Must have been involved in theatre through education, performance, production, advocacy for at least 20 years

Application Process:

  • Completed Nomination Form
  • Completed Nomination Form must be mailed to Jennifer Forrest-James
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation but NO MORE than 5 (consider; Students, Colleagues, Troupe Directors, Parents, Alumni, building or district Administrators)
  • A Letter of Recommendation should not exceed 1 page

 

For a complete list of recipients please see our Archive Page on the Missouri Thespian Website.

 
 To view EdTA's Hall of Fame recipients and information, go to: http://schooltheatre.org/events/edta-conference/featured-events/hall-of-fame

 ITF Stipend - Established in 2009

Description of Award:

            This award is designed to celebrate the contributions a current Junior in high school has made to their local Theatre Department, community, and ITS Troupe.  The winner of this award will receive a waiver equal to the cost of their registration fees for the next International Thespian Festival.  The student will still be responsible for their transportation to and from the conference.  Their troupe may assist with this cost at their discretion.

Qualifications:

  • Nominee must currently be a Junior (11th grade) in High School
  • Nominee must be an inducted member, in good standing, of their EDTA recognized ITS Troupe
  • Nominee current GPA must be a 2.50 or higher

Application Process:

  • Completed Nomination Form
  • Completed Nomination Form must be Mailed to Jennifer Forrest-James
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (1 from the student’s Thespian Troupe Director and 1 from another teacher or Administrator from their building)
  • A Letter of Recommendation SHOULD NOT exceed 1 page in length

 

For a complete list of recipients please see our Archive Page on the Missouri Thespian Website.

 

Jr. Thespian Stipend - Established in 2013

Description of Award:

            This award is designed to celebrate the contributions of an 8th Grade Male and a Female Jr. Thespian for their efforts in their Middle School theatre program. Each winner will receive a waiver equal to the cost of their registration fees for the next Missouri State Thespian Conference.  The student/school would still be responsible for lodging, meals and transportation.

Qualifications:

  • Nominated Student must be in 8th Grade
  • Nominated Student must be an inducted member of their EDTA recognized Jr. Thespian Troupe
  • A Jr. Thespian Troupe may nominate 2 members from their troupe.  1 Male and 1 Female (not 2 Male or 2 Female)

Application Process:

  • Completed Nomination Form
  • Completed Nomination Form must be Mailed to Angela Hetz
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (1 from the student’s Jr. Thespian Troupe Director and 1 from another teacher or administrator)
  • A Letter of Recommendation SHOULD NOT exceed 1 page in length

Most Recent Recipients:

  • 2013 - Sean and Mary Carter
  • First Year awarded 2013
 

For a complete list of recipients please see our Archive Page on the Missouri Thespian Website.

Community Outreach Grant

Description of Award:

            This is a monetary grant given to a deserving Thespian Troupe who presents the best plan of action for increasing the visibility of their troupe and educational theatre within their community.  Past recipients have held summer camps for grade schools, performed a District production, or held workshops for the community in a variety of areas relevant to theatre.  What great ideas do you have to share with Missouri Thespians?

Qualifications:

  • This is a Troupe project
  • The Troupe cannot have earned this award in the past 3 years
  • The project must be theatre related and promote educational theatre within their community
  • Once received the recipient must complete their identified project before the next Missouri State Thespian Conference

Application Process:

  • Completed Nomination Form
  • Detailed Project Description
  • Completed Nomination Form must be mailed to Jennifer Forrest-James

Detailed Project Description (here are some ideas of information to provide – the more we are able to read the easier it is to see your project – be clear and concise):

  • Title of project
  • Description of Project
  • Organizational steps (an explanation of the process from start to finish
  • Intended outcome
  • Cost estimates
  • Headcount of troupe members needed to successfully run the project
  • Potential number of community members who will reap the benefits of this project
  • What will be the impact of this project on your community
  • What do your students/troupe members learn from this project

 

For a complete list of recipients please see our Archive Page on the Missouri Thespian Website.

 

Send a Troupe Grant

Description of Award:

       The Send a Troupe to Thespian Festival 2015 Grant was created with donations from many generous supporters. The goal was to raise enough money so that a Missouri Thespian troupe would have the opportunity to attend the MST State Conference, held each January. There, the troupe will join more than 2,000 students and teachers from across the state in seeing exceptional performances on the Conference main stage, participate in workshops and other events, and can elect to audition for college admission and scholarships.

Send a Troupe Grant Application

Send a Student Grant Application

 

 
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