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Countdown to Theatre In Our Schools Month - March

Posted By Betsy Williams, Programming Director, Regional, AATE Board of Directors, Wednesday, February 22, 2012

With March only a few days away, I encourage you to think about how you will celebrate Theatre in our Schools month. Yes, in case you didn’t know, March is officially Theatre in our Schools (TIOS) month, a program implemented by AATE to support, promote, publicize, and honor the wide range of theatrical work going on in our schools.

If you have never participated in any of the TIOS events, then this year, I challenge you to experiment with at least one. Attend a TIOS mini-conference in your area and take the opportunity to network with and learn from other theatre professionals (12 are happening across the country this year!). Pick an item listed on AATE’s 25 Ways to Celebrate Theatre in our Schools poster and act on it. Participate in Play Daze on Facebook and help write a new play each day for the entire month. And the easiest way for everyone to participate...the annual Wear Your Show Shirt Day is March 9th. How many show shirts do you have in your closets and drawers? Well, take this opportunity to wear one from your collection with pride! Check out these details and more on AATE’s Theatre in our Schools website (

As for me, I plan to celebrate TIOS by wearing my "Celebrate Theatre in our Schools” button every day in March, by attending the Illinois mini-conference organized by AATE and the Illinois Theatre Association on March 10th, and finally, by having my school’s annual 8th grade play perform the weekend of March 15th. We used to perform towards the end of the school year, but when the opportunity arose to change the performance dates, I immediately suggested March thinking what a great way to celebrate theatre in our schools by actually having theatre take place in my school! With less than a month until we go up, the cast and crew are getting excited to perform for their friends and families, and I’m excited to see the whole show come together. This year’s group of 8th graders have really stepped up and worked together in such a thoughtful and supportive way. I know that when the curtain goes down on our final performance, they will have made memories that will last a lifetime.

So how are you going to celebrate TIOS 2012? I look forward to hearing your stories and ideas!

Betsy Driver Williams currently teaches drama to grades 1-8 at Oak Grove School in Green Oaks, Illinois. She has served terms as the Illinois State Representative for the AATE and as the Children’s Theatre Representative for the Illinois Theatre Association.While holding both positions, she helped develop the Theatre In Our Schools Month Conference model and successfully co-chaired the first and second TIOS conferences in Illinois.Betsy has presented her work at state and national conferences including AATE’s Annual Conferences, the Illinois High School Theatre Festival, the Arizona State University Language and Literacy Conference, and the Arizona Thespian Festival.Betsy holds a BS in Theatre from Northwestern University and an MFA in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University.She is currently the Director of Regional Programming for AATE.

Tags:  mini-conference  show shirt  theatre in our schools  tios 

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