The Educational Theatre Association knows that young people, teachers, schools, families, and communities benefit greatly from theatre education.
The arts—theatre included—are a core subject under federal law. Data from the 2012 EdTA-Utah State University Survey of Theatre Education in U.S. High Schools
indicated that more than 90 percent of surveyed school administrators believe that theatre programs help improve students’ overall academic skills. Additionally, researchers have found that sustained learning in theatre correlates to greater success in math and reading, and students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds see the greatest benefit. Actor training has even been shown to improve language and memory skills. And according to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, students who study the arts develop the following life and career skills: creativity and innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, and oral and written communication.
Supporting educators and honoring student achievement are at the heart of EdTA’s mission. The Educational Theatre Association wants theatre education to be available to students at all levels of learning.
EdTA believes in the power of proactive efforts to build support for theatre education. A strong and articulate community of advocates can save a theatre program from elimination or can create a program from a handful of enthusiastic students and a willing educator. EdTA has crafted a suite of advocacy tools divided into local, state, and national categories.
Advocate for theatre education.
Become a member of EdTA.
Visit the Theatre Education Community.