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2012-13 AATE Incoming Board Members
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AATE 2012-13 Incoming Board Members

Advocacy Director
The Advocacy Director shall oversee national, state and regional advocacy efforts in relation to AATE activities and perform duties as prescribed by the Board in the National Operations Manual.

Amy Jensen (currently holds the position)
Amy Petersen Jensen, PhD is an Associate Professor in the College of Fine Arts and Communications at Brigham Young University, where she serves as the Department Chair of the Theatre and Media Arts. Amy also directs the undergraduate Theatre and Media Education Program as well as the Media Education Masters Degree. In addition to teaching and research, Amy is the creative director for the BYU Hands on a Camera service-learning project in which university students teach young people from Utah public schools to make documentary films about their community. Amy has received the Award for Excellent Ongoing Service to Theatre Education in the State of Utah, from the Utah Theatre Association (2001) and in 2009 she received the Brigham Young University Young Scholar Award (a $24,000 prize) for her work in the public schools. Recent book publications include, Theatre in a Media Culture: Production, Performance and Perception Since 1970 (Mcfarland, 2007) and the Co- edited volume (Re) imagining Literacies for Content- area Classrooms (Teachers College Press, 2010). Amy was appointed as that AATE Advocacy Director in 2011 and currently serves on the leadership team for the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards. She has served as Co-editor of the Journal of Media Literacy Education and currently serves on the Editorial Board for AATE’s Youth Theatre Journal.

Statement of Interest
I am excited to be a candidate for the AATE Advocacy Director position. I believe I would be a good fit for the position because of my past leadership experience and my deep commitment to the organization. As Advocacy Director I would focus my energies on fostering conversations amongst our membership. I believe that effective theatre practice always involves passionate conversation between diverse groups of people. For me sincere conversation requires deep thinking, active listening and a rigorous interest in doing something about that conversation. I believe that my own allegiance to both scholarly research and creative performance would help me engage with the AATE membership in the passionate and fruitful conversations necessary to further improve the position of arts and education in the 21st century.I have been a dedicated AATE member since 2000, serving as the College/University/Research/ Network Chair, on the editorial board of the Youth Theatre Journal, and as a conference committee member for the 2004 AATE conference held in Salt Lake City. First and foremost I consider myself an advocate for educational models that focus on young people’s agency. My work as the director of one of the largest pre-service theatre teacher training programs in the country has helped me to see the necessity of the AATE organization—a community of practice in which theatre artists, educators, and scholars work together in support of young people. Additionally my work during the past year representing AATE on the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) leadership team is a demonstration of my on-going commitment to arts advocacy and to the development quality curricular-driven arts education programs that support the 21st-century needs of students and teachers

Communications Director, Public Relations
The Communication Director, Public Relations shall oversee external communications related to AATE activities and perform other duties as prescribed by the Board in the National Operations Manual.

Gary Minyard (currently holds the position)

Gary Minyard (MFA in Theatre for Youth and Directing from Arizona State University) is the Artistic Director at the historic Pennsylvania Youth Theatre. He has helped create over 200 pieces of theatre as a director, writer and performer. This list includes Peter and the Wolf and A Thousand Cranes at Childsplay, Annie, The Wizard of Oz, Tomás and the Library Lady, The Christmas Doll, Pinocchio, Kate Crackernuts, A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant, Madeline’s Christmas, Androcles and the Lion, The Lost Ones, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, Treasure Island, Peacemaker, and The Sleeping Beauty. Gary was honored to be the U.S. Representative at the 2007 ASSITEJ International Directors Symposium in Düsseldorf, Germany, working with 36 other professional directors from all over the world. He has also directed new works at the Bonderman Playwriting Symposium. Originally from Dallas, Gary studied at the University of Houston (BA in Theatre) and the L'Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Gary served as a master teaching artist with Young Audiences of America for seven years and also toured as an actor, director, and teaching artist through 48 of our 50 states (plus one territory!) with several professional theatre companies. Gary is on the Board of Directors for the American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE), and the Eastern Pennsylvania Arts Alliance (EPAAA), as well as a member of Theatre For Young Audiences (TYA-USA), Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD).

Statement of Interest
AATE has been growing at an amazing rate, and I would be honored to extend my service on the AATE Board of Directors in the Communications Director- Public Relations position to help it continue flourishing. AATE continues to inspire, challenge and shape me as an artist, an educator, an advocate, and lifelong student. Having worked on AATE’s Mission and Strategic Plan, AATE’s new website, the States Council, and being actively involved in several Networks, I have had direct involvement in helping the organization move forward. I want to work with our members to create new ways to make our online presence more robust now that our new website is live. I want to advocate for our field through AATE, and create more tools for our membership to do the same in their cities and towns. I also want to keep working with AATE’s State Representatives to energize members (and future members) in their states. I believe my experience as a performer, teaching artist, writer, student, director, and now artistic director, has created a unique lens through which I lobby for that vibrant intersection of theatre and education. As AATE continues growing, I hope to champion AATE as the organization where its members transform young people and their communities through the theatre arts. I thank you for your support and look forward to serving AATE.

Development Director, Gifts
The Development Director, Gifts shall oversee the generation of Individual Contributions that support AATE programs and other activities, and perform other duties as prescribed by the Board in the National Operations Manual.

Russell Granet (currently holds the position)
Russell Granet, Director, Arts Education Resource (AER) founded AER after a decade at The Center for Arts Education (CAE) – The NYC Annenberg Challenge, where he was Director of Professional Development. Prior to joining CAE, he was Director of Education at The American Place Theatre and a senior teaching artist at the Creative Arts Team. Since 1995 he has been on the faculty at New York University, where he developed and teaches the course Drama with Special Populations. He serves on the boards of The Association of Teaching Artists, The American Place Theatre, The Tanzanian Library Project, and was a founding board member of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable as well as the chair of arts education for the Columbia County (NY) Arts Council. A frequent commencement and keynote speaker, conference presenter, and panelist on arts education, Granet has worked on projects in Egypt, England, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Turkey, and throughout the United States. He is a graduate of Emerson College, The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and holds an M.A. from the program in Educational Theatre at NYU.

Statement of Interest
Granet believes strongly in the mission of AATE and the constituency it serves, but he is also well aware of the funding needs of a member-based organization. He worked for ten years at The Center for Arts Education where he was part of team administering 36 million dollars in grant funds for school partnerships between NYC public schools and arts organizations. It was at CAE where he learned about fundraising and the need to be able to tell a compelling story in a short and compelling way to potential funders. This skill will allow Granet to work closely with the AATE team to raise much-needed funds for both present and future opportunities.

Membership Director, Outreach
The Membership Director shall oversee recruitment and retention of members, serve as chair of the Membership Committee and perform other duties as prescribed by the Board in the National Operations Manual.

Stacey Ardelean
Stacey Ardelean has been teaching drama for grades 1-5 and directing for grades K-12 at Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton for 13 years and directing in the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. Prior to combining her love of teaching and theatre, she worked as a middle school teacher and a stage manager for several theatre companies in the Bay Area and taught at Dublin Theatre Company. She began her studies at ASU in theater education and then transferred back to her home state of California to UC Irvine to major in theatre. Stacey has been an AATE member for 12 years and has served as a conference co-chair in 2010 in San Francisco, as the PreK-8 network chair for several years, as a current member on the conference advisory committee and has been a conference presenter at many AATE conferences. She participated in the AATE Leadership institute the first year it was offered. She received the AATE award for Creative Drama in 2006.

Statement of Interest
As a candidate for the AATE Outreach Membership Director, I have given much thought to my relationship with AATE and the ways we give and receive support from our national professional organization. What exactly can a new member expect from AATE? What can I, a 12 year member, expect? What would AATE expect of me if elected as a member of the board? And…what can the membership expect of me if elected to the board?

Since I first joined AATE, much has changed as AATE has grown and developed. To name just a few: We have defined our organization with clearer more inclusive language, we have expanded our membership benefits and affiliations, we have created more effective communication for members through email updates and improved websites, and we have strengthened our Theatre In Our Schools program in many states. It’s been a very exciting 12 years. What we offer our members, new and current, are connections - connections of information, connections with other theatre organizations, and most importantly connections with each other. Our value and strength is in our membership. Therefore every added member increases our knowledge, our resources and our strength as an organization. As outreach membership director, I would seek ways to connect with more educational theatre professionals and bring them to AATE to increase our value and benefit all members with a broader wealth of information and experience. That is what you may expect from me if elected to the board as Membership Director, Outreach.

Programming Director, National
The Programming Director, National shall oversee all programming activities of AATE, including, but not limited to, national conferences, projects, and perform other duties as prescribed by the Board in the National Operations Manual.

Karina Naumer (currently holds the position)
Karina Naumer, M.F.A., a long-standing member of AATE, currently serves on the AATE Board as Programming Director National. Previously she served as AATE’s project chair, and in 2009, the co-chair of the AATE / ATHE joint Conference: Risking Innovation held in New York City. She is the project manager and a teaching artist for Lincoln Center Theater’s Learning English and Drama Project (LEAD) and an educator with Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers. She is also a consultant in early childhood drama practice and leads professional trainings throughout the country. Karina was the founder and for thirteen years the director of the Creative Arts Team/New York City Wolf Trap Program: Early Learning through the Arts. In 2001, she was awarded the American Alliance for Theatre and Education’s Creative Drama Award for outstanding excellence in the field. She holds a M.F.A degree in Child Drama from Arizona State University.

Statement of Interest
I have greatly appreciated the opportunity to serve AATE as Programming Director National. Over the past 18 months I have worked closely with colleagues, AATE Board members, the Programming Advisory Council and our staff to define and implement what we feel are several important goals. Out of this we are in the process of finalizing a new conference manual which when completed early this summer will assist our current and incoming conference chairs to develop dynamic, diverse programming within a clear conference structure. In addition have been very committed to researching how to make our conferences as affordable for all our members as possible. For example, by thinking ahead and partnering smartly with host hotels, we have been able to offer cost savings and at the same time extra perks for attendees in Lexington this year, D.C. in 2013, as well as Denver in 2014. There is still much to be done – such as: What is the most effective training approach for new programming leadership? What are the tenets of the ‘well-made’ conference session and how are they communicated and fostered within our membership at large? How do we reflect together most effectively as a community? As a long-standing member of AATE, I care deeply for our organization and wish to work on the answers to these important questions. I have been extremely honored to serve in this position along side such a dynamic AATE office staff and re-structured AATE Board. Most of all, I greatly appreciate the opportunity to make an impact here at AATE. Thank you for your consideration.

The Treasurer shall have general charge of the financial records of AATE, serve as the chair of the Finance Committee, and perform other duties as prescribed by the Board in the National Operations Manual.

Rachel Prouty
Rachel Prouty still believes in magic. She currently works to inspire an appreciation and love of theatre and drama with her Middle School students at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, California. Prior to working at Sacred Heart,Rachel was the Education Director and Artistic Manager at Children’s Musical Theatre-San Jose and the Education Director at Dublin Theatre Company.Rachel has served on a variety of committees within the AATE including the Awards Committee (Chair, 2003-2005), Conference Advisory Committee (2010-present), San Francisco Conference Co-Chair (2010), and currently serves on the Finance and Audit Committee. In the Bay Area,Rachel served on San Francisco’s Archdiocesan committee to adapt and adopt Fine Arts Standards.Rachel earned her BA in Communications and Theatre from the University of Notre Dame and her MFA in Theatre for Young Audiences from Arizona State University.

Statement of Interest
I would be honored to serve AATE and its members as the Treasurer. As an individual, I look to AATE to renew my professional spirit as an artist, educator, and life-long learner. The diverse and inspiring community of members never fail bring forward questions on the standards, emerging trends in the field, and even a new game for me to try in my own classroom. I am in awe of my national and international colleagues in this field. As Treasurer, I would seek to work hand in hand with the Executive Director to ensure that the financial backbone of the organization is sound -- running effectively and efficiently. With a solid base of operations, AATE can continue to create a community and atmosphere in which collegiality and collaboration can continue to inspire each of us to new and thoughtful creations of Art with and for young audiences.I have served AATE as an Awards chair, as a Conference co-chair, on the Mission Re-vision team, and currently on the Conference Advisory Committee, the Finance Committee and the 2012 Audit Committee. I am prepared to bring my enthusiasm and knowledge of show and conference budgets to the table to help lead AATE into the near future.

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