Thursday, October 20, 2016

Travel Stipends for TheatreFest 2017!

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TETA, Inc. Announces Travel Stipends for K-12 and Higher Education Members to attend 2017 TheatreFest Convention.

October 12th, 2016

Greetings, Members!

Recently, the Board of Directors voted to accept applications from all K-12 and Higher Education members for Travel Stipends to assist with attending this year’s TheatreFest convention at Moody Gardens, Galveston.  I want to encourage you to read on to see how you can take advantage of this unique, limited opportunity!

First, Our K-12 Members!
In an effort to provide all of our membership the opportunity to attend this annual convention, TETA, Inc. will be providing our K-12 members with the following:
  • Up to 2 travel stipends for members who reside in each of the 20 Education Support Centers (ESC), as depicted in the graphic below.  This amounts to 40 stipends in the amount of $500 each.
  • TETA, Inc. will also be supporting our K-12 members who are currently assigned to campuses that receive School-Wide Federal funding under the Title I designation.  20 additional stipends in the amount of $500 will be used to support these TETA, Inc. members!  Not sure if you qualify for this specific travel stipend?  Visit the Texas Education Agency’s list (which is also broken down by Education Support Centers), or speak to your district’s Title I Coordinator.

What About Our Higher Education Members?
Additionally, TETA, Inc. will be focusing support towards those members who serve in Higher Education:  
  • *10 stipends in the amount $500 each for Higher Education members;
*Note:  Education Support Centers do not apply to these specific travel stipends.

What Do I Need To Do To Be Considered?
  1. Register and pay for your membership with TETA, Inc.;
  2. *Complete the Online Application to be considered for a travel stipend courtesy of TETA, Inc.;
  3. Register and pay for the 2017 TheatreFest convention at Moody Gardens, Galveston;
*Note:  In order to receive travel stipend, recipients must check in to the 2017 TheatreFest convention.  At that time, recipients will receive their travel stipend in the form of a check.    

What Can I Use My Travel Stipend For?
  • Can I use it to reimburse myself for convention Registration?  YES!
  • Can I use it to pay for some, or all of my hotel and accommodations?  YES!!
  • Can I use it to pay for transportation expenses (gas, airfare, parking, meals while at convention, Uber rides to the Seawall)?  YES!!!
In short, if the expense is part of your travel BEFORE, DURING, and AFTER your time while attending TheatreFest, it is ok to use.    
Deadline to submit your APPLICATION is December 1st,, 2016.  
Recipients will be notified by December 8th, 2016.

The Board of Directors encourages you to not miss out on this extraordinarily limited opportunity.  If you have any questions, please feel free to Ask the BOD via the TETA, Inc. website.  We hope to see you all at this year’s TheatreFest at Moody Gardens, Galveston!  Until then, take care.

Timothy Estelle

Treasurer-Elect, TETA, Inc.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

The TETA "Texas Exemplary Institution" Award

Attention all TETA Institutional Members.

The TETA Board of Directors recently made changes to the by-laws that will simplify the TheatreFest registration process for everyone involved.  One change was the elimination of the membership type known as Institutional Members.

Until now, institutions could complete a very lengthy application form to be awarded the status of Institutional Membership (IM).  As an IM, the school was given a few perks such as reduced booth fees and extra students at auditions.  However the schools had to pay $200 a year to maintain that membership and the perks have lessened over the years.

The TETA Board of Directors has voted to remove the IM Membership type and the $200/year fee, and instead replace the membership status with an award.  The TETA "Texas Exemplary Institution" Award will take the place of the Institutional Membership and will not require the institution to pay an annual fee.

Although the specifics of the award are still being determined, here is what we do know...

  • All current IM Schools are grandfathered in and will be considered TEI award recipients.
  • TEI schools will not pay a $200 annual fee. 
  • There will be no IM Representatives.  Was only a $50 waiver.
  • No reduced prices for a booth at TheatreFest.  All booths are the same price for everyone.
  • A committee will be formed to create minimum standards for "Exemplary" status, and to work out the details for the recommendation process whereby an Institution is awarded TEI.

If you have already paid your $200 IM fee for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, we will contact you soon to determine how to proceed.  If you have not paid the invoice for your IM membership, please disregard as the membership type is no longer valid.

We are sure there will be plenty of questions as we develop policies for the new TEI award but we will continue to keep you all informed.  You are welcome to contact us at

Thank you for your continued support of our organization.  We hope these changes will help make TheatreFest registration more user-friendly for everyone.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Membership Renewal Questions

Members, you may have recently received an invoice to renew your TETA membership.  These invoices are for the 2016-2017 school year.

We have received a few questions concerning membership renewals so to clear up any confusion, here is a quick FAQ.

Why did I receive an invoice for TETA membership?

The software that TETA uses for our membership database automatically generates membership invoices a few weeks before the start of the school year.  If you have a TETA membership, you should receive an invoice.
If you do not want to renew your membership just ignore the invoice and send an email to asking to cancel your membership.

I just paid my membership.  Why do I need to pay again so soon?

TETA memberships run from September 1st to August 31st, on schedule with most schools.  Whether you pay in September or wait to pay in June, you are paying for the current school year.

When I paid in June I thought I was paying for the 2016-2017 school year.  Can I get that changed so I don't have to pay again?

Yes. If your intention was to pay for 2016-2017, and you did not attend any TETA events in 2015-2016, we can move your payment to the current year.  We will deal with these on a case by case basis.  If you feel this applies to you, email us at explaining the details of your request and we will help you out.

My school is an Institutional Member.  Do we need to pay that $200 invoice?

Hold off on paying the $200 invoice for Institutional Memberships.  We are working to redefine the Institutional Membership Program and it would be better to hold on to those invoices for now.

I am my school's IM Representative. Will I receive an invoice?

Since we are working on the IM process right now, invoices have not been sent to last year's IM Reps.  More information on this question will be released as soon as possible.

If you have any questions of your own please send an email to and we will do our best to answer quickly.

Have a great day!
Darve Smith, TETA Communications Director

Friday, August 5, 2016

Educator of the Year Awards

Creative, loving, effective, inspiring…do these sound like the qualities of a teacher you know? Of course they do because Texas theatre educators are amazing! 

 However, the countless hours and unending devotion that these wonderful gurus provide to their students and their programs are often underappreciated and taken for granted.

But, don’t despair! We have a way to show our appreciation; TETA recognizes two K-12 Educators of the Year: one for K-8 and one for secondary. The winners are recognized and honored during the Awards Banquet at TheatreFest. Each of us is probably acquainted with several outstanding theatre teachers who possess these and many other admirable traits, so let’s get them the recognition they deserve by nominating them for a TETA award.

As cliché as it may sound, just being nominated is a great honor because it lets the nominated teacher know that their hard work and commitment to quality theatre education has not gone unnoticed. In the past the process of nominating an educator may have seemed daunting and extremely time consuming, but the nomination process has been greatly simplified and streamlined. Just click the “Awards Nomination Form” link under the “Awards & Scholarships” tab on the TETA website and follow the instructions there. If you have questions or need help with the process, feel free to contact any K-12 Committee member. The deadline for nominations is September 1st, so nominate an awesome teacher for one of the K-12 Educator of the Year Awards today!

Gena Lea Smith
TETA K-12 Committee

Thursday, July 7, 2016

SummerFest 2016 Reminders & Updates!

SummerFest 2016 – Full STEAM Ahead: Powered by Theater!
Texas State University – San Marcos


Full STEAM Ahead!  Destination Texas State University! SummerFest 2016 is next week! The K-12 Committee has been working very hard to make this an incredible event!

Registration opens on Friday, July 15th at 8:00AM in the Theater Center Building – 1st Floor Lobby. The Theater Center is the round, red, circular building. Address: 430 Moon St. San Marcos, TX 78666.

* Method of payment for onsite registrants: credit card, school check or cash.
     - $120 SummerFest Registration
     - $50 TETA membership (if you did not attend convention in January)

*Please make sure you check-in! All members and presenters must visit the registration desks and check-in.

*Dorms - Stay with the K-12 Committee! 
The K-12 Committee is staying the Falls/Sayers dorms located on the Texas State campus.
SummerFest 2016 Dorm Check-In and Check-Out times. Falls/Sayers Dorms:
Thursday, July 14
Check-In 4pm-11pm

Friday, July 15
Check-In/Out 2pm-7pm

Saturday, July 16
Check-In/Out 2pm-7pm

Sunday, July 17
Check-Out only 9am-6pm

Please plan accordingly. Remember to read Maggie's packing list so that you know what to bring when staying in the dorm.
Don’t want to stay here? That’s ok! Our suggested hotels listing can be found on the Facebook SummerFest Page and on the TETA website/SummerFest tab.

* BYOT = Bring Your Own Technology

* Wi-Fi Access – Texas State does have Wi-Fi access!

*Entertainment? Join us Friday night in the Texas State Student Center – George’s – for Karaoke, games and snacks (8pm-11pm)! Saturday night there will be a staged reading in the Theater Center – Main Stage. BRING YOUR FAVORITE GAME!

*There will be handouts in your registration bag for nearby ATM locations, food, entertainment options and much more.

*SummerFest Programming is now live! You can obtain our schedule on your smart phone via the Guidebook app, or you can find a copy on the TETA Website – SummerFest tab.

* Review Programming- A few presenters have requested you provide some of your own supplies.
*If you would like a hard copy of programming, please visit the website and print one for yourself. We are going digital so very few hard copies of SF 2016 Programming will be provided on-site. Please remember updates are made to programming – Guidebook will provide the most up-to-date workshop listings.

*Parking (UPDATED!)
  1. Parking is free for SF 2016 attendees and presenters. You must pick up your parking permit at registration and visibly display this permit in your car dash window. Please plan to arrive early in order to allow yourself time to register and place your permit in your vehicle.
  2. Those attendees staying in the dorms can park in dorm lots with their parking permit.
  3. Attendees will NOT be able to park in any lot on campus. Our parking permits are only good in PURPLE and GREEN lots. Please take a look at the Texas State Parking Map so that you know where these lots exist. We will have parking signs out to assist you finding these lots.
  4. If there is overflow, or if people wish to park closer to the Theater Building, there is the Parking Garage near the New Fine Arts Center (on Edward Gary St.) at $3 an hour - cap $14. No in's and out's.
  5. If attendees park in other colored lots, they will receive a parking ticket to be settled with University Parking Services by the individual. TETA and/or Texas State will not be responsible for parking tickets.
  6. These Parking Permits are only good July 14-17.
  7. If you need help getting around campus, please find someone on the K-12 Committee.

*What do I bring to SummerFest? Be sure to check out the Texas Theater Notes Article from our Secretary, Maggie Rodriguez. She created a great list of items to bring to SummerFest.

*Texas State is a “no smoking” campus.

*Join us for our Saturday Box Lunch – Guest Speaker: Terri Castleberry, TETA Curriculum Chair. Lunch is included in your registration. Presenters – be sure you are present to win a special treat! A thank you for presenting at SF 2016!

* Nominations will be accepted for the following positions on the K-12 Committee:
     - Chair-Elect, High School At-Large, Middle School At-Large and Elementary Interest
     - Deadline for nominating K-8 and Secondary Educator of the Year is: Sept. 1, 2015.
-       Email for details and instructions.

* Be sure to attend your Interest Meetings on Saturday, July 16th. Let your voice be heard! Our K-12 Committee is here to serve you! We are constantly trying to find new and improved ways to serve YOU! Please share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions!

* Join us Sunday for lunch! Workshops continue Sunday morning then we’re serving a Texas Smokehouse Buffet and there are LOTS of amazing DOOR PRIZES (lunch is included in registration cost)
     - Guest Speaker on Sunday is Kelsey Kling, TEA!

* Check the SummerFest Friends Facebook page for more updates!

We will see you all NEXT WEEK! We look forward to seeing you!

Jenae Glanton
TETA Board of Directors – K-12 Chair