What is Theater Education?
Theater Education can, of course, be anything education in the multitude of art forms that come together to create a theatrical production. (Acting, all kinds of design, all kinds of technical operations, all kinds of technical creating, heading a department, learning about being in charge - directing, stage managing, etc. etc.)
But Theater Education can also be using theater-type skillwork to teach about other areas. History, community, communications skills, politics, working with others, teamwork, printed (or online) publication, video production, editing (text and video), debate, rhetorical, and logic skills... the list, as you might imagine, is endless.
End products of Theater Education classes or projects depend on the goals of who commissions them. A live production is certainly possible, but so is a dvd, a "newspaper," a comic book, a live interactive news event with audience participation, creations interacting with books, any performance shown on a private website and/or dvd so all invited can 'attend' for a window of time, an online art show in the same way for designs, 3D set models, etc., etc. People, including school students, can add to their portfolios in easy, portable ways as well as having memory reminders of the work they've done and what they've learned.
Each Theater Education experience is unique to each group because it's so participatory. They never have to include performing for anyone (or everyone) who isn't interested in that. Theater education is more about using theater techniques - and not limited to performing ones - to explore whatever a group wants to explore. A group always takes things where they need to go; the key is having a good Theater Educator as a guide, teacher, and moderator.