The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) and its philanthropic arm, the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF), offer several options for financial aid to individuals or troupes wanting to participate in the organization and national events including the International Thespian Festival (ITF) and EdTA National Conference. In addition there are special, one-time-only grants for school theatre programs. The application process for the 2019-2020 school year is now open.
The MTI Disaster Relief Grants, underwritten by licensing agency Music Theatre International, offer grants to high school and middle school theatre programs that have been impacted by natural disasters (flood, earthquake, hurricane, fire, etc.). The purpose of the grant program is to assist school theatre programs that have been negatively impacted by a disaster, including damage/destruction of equipment and facilities, cancellations of events, loss of projected revenue, dislocation of faculty and students, and related issues. The ETF grant application site is open.
The Leadership Grant was created by Joe Burnsworth, a former president of the Educational Theatre Association, and provides registration for one student to attend the International Thespian Festival. Qualifying students are those who have demonstrated leadership through Thespian activities by being a troupe or state chapter officer and have previously participated in the leadership-training program at Festival.
The Doug Finney Festival Grant is a need-based grant given annually to four high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors who are inducted members of the International Thespian Society (ITS). It covers basic Festival registration fees for the student and reimbursement for round-trip travel expenses to and from his/her hometown and ITF.
The Ronald L. Longstreth International Thespian Festival Grant is a one-time grant for students who are not United States citizens, who reside in a foreign country, and are inducted members of the International Thespian Society (ITS) in a troupe in a foreign country or are active participants in a United States troupe if they are an exchange student. It covers basic Festival registration fees for the student and reimbursement for round-trip travel expenses to and from his/her hometown and ITF.
The Send a Troupe to International Thespian Festival Grant was created with donations from many generous supporters of the Educational Theatre Association. Up to two current Thespian troupes will receive a one-time grant of up to $10,000 to help cover the basic International Thespian Festival registration fees for a teacher, inducted Thespians, and appropriate number of chaperones plus travel fees to and from ITF. The application can be submitted by a Thespian troupe director or an inducted Thespian with the approval of the troupe director.
New Troupe Charter Grants are awarded to qualifying schools to fund the charter of an International Thespian Society troupe. This need-based grant includes up to ten student inductions. To apply, visit the Troupe Grants page.
Troupe Reinstatement Grants are awarded to qualifying schools to fund the reinstatement of an International Thespian Society troupe whose membership has been inactive for a minimum of five school years. This need-based grant includes up to ten student inductions. To apply, visit the Troupe Grants page.
Induction Assistance Grants are need-based grants available to qualifying schools and students to help pay for induction into the International Thespian Society. Troupe directors of any active troupe may apply. To apply, visit the Troupe Grants page.
The Linda P. Wise Grant for Theatre Educators is awarded to EdTA professional members who are also theatre educators and present a well-laid plan for an in-class program in need of financial support.
The BookTix National Conference Grant covers the basic Conference registration fee for up to seven EdTA members. BookTix inherently believes in supporting theatre educators by providing resources to elevate school productions. To showcase this commitment, BookTix encourages EdTA members to reach a higher level of professional achievement by participating in EdTA’s National Conference and to enhance the knowledge and skills of experienced theatre educators so that they can better contribute to their school, students, and the profession.
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