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Building A Valuable Theatre Program, Professional Development from CETA

California Educational Theatre Association

Sunday, September 10, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
PDI 3 Current CETA Member
This ticket admits one current CETA Member. If membership is not current, you will be charged full ticket price, unless you also purchase a Membership.
Ended $100.00 $0.00
PDI 3 Non-Member Rate
Non-CETA members are welcome to attend our ongoing Professional Development Workshops
Ended $150.00 $4.74
CETA Membership 2017-2018
Become a member or renew your membership for the upcoming academic year. Your membership now also includes a Professional membership with our affiliated national organization, the Educational Theatre Association. (If you are a current member of EdTA, you will receive a $25 credit at the EdTA store).
Ended $100.00 $0.00

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If you’re not at the table you’re on the menu!

Building a valuable theatre program


A Professional Development Workshop from CETA


It’s not enough to walk into your classroom and be a great teacher and direct good shows. We need to treat our programs as a business and use all of those marketing tips from companies that are successful. Think globally. Act locally.


• Learn how to advocate for your program-and train your students to help you

• Create a support network to assist in spreading the word about the great activities going on in your theatre department

• Recruit kids, parents, and faculty to grow your numbers

• Create a culture where you and program are indispensible to the school and community

• Learn how getting out of the theatre will benefit your mental health-and expose the more people to what you do

• Discover the importance of marketing and how to create a brand

• How to talk to administrators, school board members, and stake holders in the community



September 10, 2017


$100 for CETA Members

$150 Non Members


Claremont High School


1601 N Indian Hill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711


What to bring:

Your preferred method of note taking, flash drive, questions.

PARKING: Park in the main campus parking lot closest to the theatre.


On your own at any of the nearby eateries, or bring a bag lunch.


Instructor bio:Krista Carson Elhai has been a Theatre Educator for 33 years and has directed 300+ productions. She has over 500 students in her program at Claremont HS, which produces 7-10 shows a year, with 11 sections of theatre, and an International Baccalaureate Theatre program. Her productions have performed mainstage at both the CA State Thespian Festival and the International Thespian Festival. Her program at Hemet HS and Claremont HS were both named an Outstanding School Theatre Program by the Educational Theatre Association.

Serving on the CA State Thespian board since 1993, Krista was the California State Thespian Director for eleven years. She is the president of the California Educational Theatre Association. Krista is currently serving on the EdTA Governing Board, as well as the Arts Advisory Panel for The College Board.
Krista has taught numerous workshops throughout California on fundraising, time management, marketing, and Theatre Advocacy, as well as a two day Theatre Teacher Bootcamp. A two-time Finalist for the LA Music Center Bravo Award, Krista was awarded a Chase Fellowship from the LA Music Center which sent her to the Broadway Teacher’s Workshop to study with Stephen Sondheim. She has received the CA Educational Theatre Association’s Theatre Teacher of the Year (2008), Claremont USD’s Teacher of the Year (2011), and was inducted into the EdTA’s (Educational Theatre Association) National Hall of Fame in 2009, and the CA State Thespian Hall of Fame in 2012. 

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Upperdivision units available contact: Gai Jones Units from CA State University, East Bay (no out of state tuition)
The units for the THEA classes are considered upper division units. The units are not "graduate" level.  Courses numbered 7000-7799 are usually applicable toward educational credits at CSUEB, State clear credential, salary increments and some state supplementary authorizations.  The Theater courses that Gai Jones teaches award units of “academic credit”, as opposed to CEUs, which are non-academic units and referred to as “Continuing Education Units”. CSU East Bay strongly advise students to check with your individual districts, as this decision will be up to the districts, and not CSUEB’s decision.


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When & Where

Claremont High School Theatre
1601 North Indian Hill Boulevard
Claremont, CA 91711

Sunday, September 10, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

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