Advocacy may not be part of your job description or class schedule, but it is an important part of your work. Advocacy is more than simply the act of speaking or writing in support of something. As a theatre educator or student, each time you step onto a stage or into a classroom you are affirming the value and purpose of your subject area as part of a well-rounded school curriculum. Even if your theatre program is not at risk for cutbacks or elimination, a proactive, well-organized effort to build support for what you do can ensure that a strong and articulate community of advocates is ready to speak up on your behalf when a crisis arises.
You might feel that you don’t have the knowledge or skill to advocate for your theatre program. Yes, you do, and the Educational Theatre Association is here to help you. We’ve created a suite of advocacy tools and resources divided into local, state, and national categories. There’s also a resource section that lists key organizations, reports, and research that can bolster your advocacy. From time to time, we’ll add new information and tools. We’ve also included a direct link here to the 2012 Survey of Theatre Education in U.S. High Schools, a study commissioned by EdTA and done in partnership with Utah State University. The survey, the first comprehensive look at theatre education in high schools in twenty years, includes valuable data that can help shape your advocacy pitch.
To keep current on what we’re doing on behalf of the field of theatre and other arts education, check out the advocacy blog.
For more information on how to advocate for theatre education visit the Advocacy Community.