The Educational Theatre Association serves as the primary international professional association for all educators of theatre at the secondary level of schooling (grades 6-12). This session will focus on the landscape, trends, and initiatives that keep theatre education at the forefront of developing critical life skills that contribute to a well-rounded education. Come with your questions, your thoughts, and your desire to learn how we are shaping lives (in 13 countries around the world) through theatre education.
An open mind, a sense of humor, and whatever you need to take lots of notes!
Hans currently serves as the Chief Relationship Officer for the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), home of the International Thespian Society (ITS). In this role, Hans provides strategic and operational oversight for all external relations and partnerships through membership, chapters, alumni, and business development. Hans also serves as the producer for special events for the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF), the fundraising arm of EdTA.
A sixth generation Californian, Hans holds a BA in Theatre Arts from California State University, Sacramento and has spent the majority of his career working in event and entertainment operations, with companies like Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, UC Berkeley, the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS), and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He also served as the Executive Director for the Lenaea High School Theatre Festival prior to joining EdTA.
A former member of Actor’s Equity Association (AEA) and the American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA), Hans was recently seen onstage as Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher, Clayton in Disney’s Tarzan, and co-directed the award-winning production of In the Heights at Broadway by the Bay in Redwood City, CA.
Hans travels the country as a motivational speaker, on topics of narrative leadership, the power of storytelling, customer and experiential service, and interpersonal relationships. His clients include institutions of higher education, student service organizations, and private companies alike.