Together, we’re forming a collective voice to affect pedagogical change on a national scale; a laboratory and incubator of new ideas and techniques; as well as an exchange point and living archive for information and dialogue.
Our founding members were drawn from alumni of the Teacher Development Program, which has graduated more than 200 alumni over the last two decades.
Born from the collective desire of these alumni to maintain excellence in our craft nationally, we aim to provide a creative home and ongoing dialogue among our members and throughout the field of actor training.
This organization is important if you believe that acting training is important. It’s important if you believe that the field needs improvement. It’s important if you believe that learning to teach acting does not end with the awarding of an MFA, nor with the attainment of tenure, nor with 20 years of teaching under one’s belt. It’s important if you wish to remain vital in the classroom, and if you wish your colleagues to do the same. It’s important if you encounter obstacles to your effectiveness as an educator, whether personal, bureaucratic, governmental, social or economic. It’s important if you feel isolated in your work. It’s important if you want the art of acting to thrive and advance. It’s important if you think theatre is important. It’s important if you think you’re important.
Simply put, this organization cannot exist without you. As a member, your voice is crucial in helping shape our work and our path forward. Whether current or former acting teacher, you can help us craft the kind of organization for acting teachers that we, and our field, both need and deserve.
As a member, you receive an invitation to participate in our National Congress, including expanded classroom work and presentations, and talks from master teachers. At the congress, you’ll also be able to elect members to the organization’s executive committee and other leadership roles, and also serve on committees devoted to your interest in the field.
You’ll also receive exclusive access to our online resources and community as well as a 10% discount to attend the annual Teacher Development Program and regional workshops. We also have some exciting plans for our organization. By becoming a member you can not only ensure that these plans become a reality, but have a say in how we effect them.
At this early stage, our membership is currently by nomination or through participation in our Teacher Development Program. Nominations may be submitted by current members on a rolling basis throughout the year. If you are interested in joining and know a current member, please reach out to them about submitting a nomination on your behalf. If you are not connected with any of our current members, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership dues are an annual commitment. Annual dues are $250 for full-time employed teachers and $175 for adjunct and part-time employed teachers.