Theater students attend convention

Written by | Alyx Wylie |

Students and faculty of the Amarillo College theater department attended the Texas Education Theatre Association Convention, TheatreFest, in Dallas Jan. 28-31. Theater Arts Instructor Monty Downs, Theater Arts Assistant Professor Ray Newburg and students Driana Bramer, Talia Crist, Tate Detten, and Sarai Dinkens-Agalaba attended the TETA Convention. The students went to auditions to make connections with more than 125 four-year institutions in Texas and other states as well as professional training studios.

“They enjoyed it. They all got a good variety of callbacks to numerous schools,” Downs said. The students also attended workshops on acting, lighting and production.
According to the TETA, Inc. website, TETA was founded in October 1951. TETA uses all resources available to strengthen its teachers and build on existing programs around the state to continue to improve the quality of theater education by offering experienced help, hands-on workshops and idea sharing sessions for teachers new to their schools or for current members who have taught for many years.

TETA offers multiple opportunities for students to attend its conventions with TheatreFest and Summerfest. TheatreFest is in the beginning of the year, and SummerFest is in July in San Marcos.
The convention allows students to network with various schools and meet artists and professional entertainers. The theater department is an institutional member of TETA, so it sends faculty and students each year.

“It is a great way for our graduating students to see a large number of schools in one shot,” Downs said.
The theater department offers several productions each year. The department’s website is

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