Troupe Director Awards

Each year, Oregon Thespians inducts a new member into the Oregon Theatre Educators’ Hall of Fame with the Melba Day Sparks Henning Award.

 The MELBA DAY SPARKS HENNING AWARD is given each year as a career achievement award to adults who have extraordinary service with Oregon Thespians or Oregon high school theatre.

Troupe Directors are invited to nominate both Thespian and non-Thespian adults who have made exceptional contributions to the growth of theatre and theatre education in Oregon. It is Oregon’s Theatre Educator’s Hall of Fame. The award is given each year at the conclusion of the State Conference. Honorees are nominated by their peers, other adults familiar with the nominee, or by the nominee’s students and sent to a screening committee made up of past honorees. If there are no nominations the committee will seek out potential honorees.

CLICK HERE TO NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR THIS AWARD

CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF PAST RECIPIENTS

In addition, the Oregon Theatre Educators’ Association recognizes theatre educators with several awards as well.  Individuals and organizations can be nominated at the same online site listed above.  Click here for more information on those awards.

 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY FOR TROUPE DIRECTORS

Thanks to the Melba Day Sparks Henning Scholarship Fund (for information on this and other student scholarships, click here) funding is also available for Troupe Directors to attend the annual EdTA Conference.

The 2017 EdTA Conference is in Nashville, TN – September 14-17, 2017.

To apply for this funding, answer the following questions as completely as possible in outline or essay form and submit the additional material as requested with your complete contact information.

  • Please tell us about your current teaching assignment; subject(s) and location.
  • Number of years at this school.
  • Educational background.
  • Experience background.
  • What is the school’s philosophy toward training students in theatre?
  • What festivals, competitions or conferences has your school attended/participated in during the past three years?
  • What honors and awards has your drama department received in the past three years?
  • List the professional theatre organization affiliation of faculty and the school.

Please provide the following letters:

  • A statement from you as to how you will use this award and how you will share material you gain from the conference.
  • A letter from your principal regarding your theatre program, its impact on your community, and its role in the total curriculum of your school.

Mail these materials by March 9 (postmark deadline) to:

Larry Daw
11605 S.W.95th
Tigard, OR 97223
 
Contact Larry Daw at lddaw@frontier.com for further information.

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