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I believe the children are our future

More than 800 theatre arts students from New York state attended the NYSTEA conference in Callicoon, NY last weekend.

January 15, 2014

Time flies. While shaking my head in disbelief that another year has flown by, I was simultaneously thrilled that kids from every corner of the state were once again arriving for the annual New York State Theatre Education Association (NYSTEA) conference being held in Callicoon, NY ( last weekend. I attended some of the event in 2013 and was so blown away by what I had observed, that I was determined to return and make sure that my previous experience wasn’t a fluke.

Teach them well and let them lead the way—With more than 800 students in attendance, the Villa was teeming with activity. The kids were accompanied by scores of teachers and chaperones, and the schedule of workshops, seminars and classes was staggering. Sullivan County was well represented this year with theatre enthusiasts and educators from the Fallsburg, Eldred and Tri-Valley school districts, and as I scanned the lobby, I couldn’t help but smile. A few of the returning attendees remembered me from last year, but it was the (ever-present) Wonder Dog, who elicited shrieks of glee from adults and children alike as she made her way through the throngs, greeting all with her usual joie de vivre. Hearing my name above the din, I turned to find local heroes Ellen Pavloff, Heather Strauss and Justin Glodich, hovering near their students from our local schools.