Carolyn Little, Philip Lee “Peelee” Clark, and Kelly Carlson are the recipients of The Educational Theatre Association's Inspirational Theatre Educator Award. The national organization recognizes individuals who have inspired their students and dedicated themselves to providing quality theatre education.
Little is an educator at Toms River High School North in Toms River, New Jersey. She was cited for demonstrating the value of high standards and professionalism in theatre and beyond. "She goes above and beyond to support and encourage students to take on leadership roles in productions, and teaches them to adapt to any situation they may encounter," reads a statement from EdTA.
Clark is an educator at West Potomac High School in Alexandria, Virginia. He was cited for working diligently to give students the tools to succeed, not only in his program, but also in life beyond high school. He has actively sought out additional theatre opportunities for his students including performing at the Kennedy Center, attending professional regional and Broadway productions, training with outside professionals, and working with teaching artists at the Shakespeare and Folgers Theatres.
Carlson is an educator at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts in Baltimore, Maryland. She was cited in her nomination for her thoughtful guidance of students, encouraging them to persevere through challenges, and constantly working to improve their craft.
All three will receive this award at EdTA’s National Conference in Denver in the fall. EdTA is a national nonprofit organization with approximately 125,000 student and professional members that supports and promotes theatre in schools. For more information visit SchoolTheatre.org.