The Tennessee Arts Academy is a nationally recognized summer teacher training institute for Arts educators from across the country. The Academy is a program of the Tennessee Department of Education, and features week long intensive workshops in music, theatre and visual arts. The Academy trains over 250 teachers every summer, who in turn impact over 100,000 Tennessee students each year.
The Academy sessions are held on the campus of Belmont University in Nashville. The Academy consists of two tracks, one geared to elementary/lower middle school teachers and the other designed for upper middle/high school teachers. Participants are grouped according to their specific teaching assignment, which includes visual art, music, or theatre courses. A special component for school administrators and supervisors offers insight, strategies and practical advice on ways the arts can be fully utilized as part of the total school program.
Theatrical Rights Worldwide is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s TAA. Longtime friend of TRW, E. Frank Bluestein, is the Managing Director of the TAA. Frank was the 1996-1997 Disney National Performing Arts Teacher of the Year and the 1994 Tennessee Teacher of the Year. USA Today named Mr. Bluestein as one of the top forty teachers in the United States in 1998. He serves as chairman of Germantown High School’s Fine Arts Department and is founder and director of the school’s theatre, the Poplar Pike Playhouse. Poplar Pike presented TRW’s runaway hit CURTAINS in 2009.
Mr. Bluestein also serves as executive producer for the school’s three-million-dollar, Emmy Award-winning television studio. Mr. Bluestein is a past winner of the American Theatre Association’s John C. Barner Award and has served as an arts advisory panelist for numerous organizations, including the National Endowment for the Arts and the Tennessee Arts Commission. Mr. Bluestein spent several years as director of shows at Opryland, USA, and most recently wrote and directed the national touring production of Beale Street Saturday Night starring blues legend Joyce Cobb.