How would you describe your own high school theatre experience? Was it a space where you learned to feel confident? To express yourself? To empathize?
Those were the themes our 2021 Democracyworks winners shared in response to this prompt: How does theatre support your social and emotional well-being and foster a welcoming school environment?
Sponsored by Concord Theatricals, the contest is a unique opportunity for Thespians interested in advocating for theatre education. In addition to a cash prize, the winning essayist for this coveted award participates in EdTA’s spring advocacy efforts, including activities such as virtual visits to legislators, advocacy training sessions and more.
In a two-step adjudication process, a panel of 20 judges narrowed down the 2021 essay submissions to select these three finalists:
Winning EssaySavannah Brown Troupe 6303Timber Creek High SchoolFirst Runner-UpCameron KrouchTroupe 7888George Ranch High SchoolSecond Runner-UpJulianna RoseTroupe 1623Wantagh High School
Read the winning essay on Dramatics.org.