The Theatre in Our Schools Month (TIOS) campaign in March is a grassroots effort to draw attention to the benefits of having theatre in the schools, as well as to the need for more access to quality programs for all students.
TIOS is jointly led by the American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE), the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), and the International Thespian Society (ITS). Hundreds of schools and thousands of students and theatre educators are taking the message to their communities, school boards, and elected officials during March, as well as spreading the word online, of how their school theatre experience is giving them 21st century skills. Disney Theatrical Productions is a sponsor of Theatre in Our Schools Month.
Josh Radnor, who stars as a high school theatre teacher on the upcoming drama series RISE, speaks out in a video in support of the campaign. In it he says, “Training our muscles in compassion and empathy…is the eternal gift of the theatre.”
- 9 in 10 American adults agree that the arts are part of a well-rounded K-12 education.
- 90 percent believe students should receive an education in the arts in elementary school, middle school, and high school.
Organized by Americans for the Arts, the 31st annual national Arts Advocacy Day is taking place in Washington, D. C. on March 12-13.
AATE’s Director of Operations, Alexis Truitt, adds that while instruction time in the arts is decreasing, schools are finding new ways of creating learning opportunities. By spotlighting theatre education in the month of March, the organizations showcase the important work happening in schools stages across the country.
For more information about TIOS visit schooltheatre.org/programs/tios and follow #TIOS18 and #TheatreinOurSchools on social media.