Grants

The Educational Theatre Association offers several options for financial aid to individuals or troupes wanting to partake in our organization as well as our national events. We are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year.

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 the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

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 the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

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, Lincoln, Nebraska. 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 and induction for up to ten students, in order to bring honor and recognition to theatre students in financially challenged communities. 

The Linda P. Wise Grant for Theatre Educators is awarded to EdTA professional members and theatre educators who present a well-laid plan for an in-class program in need of financial support.

The Educational Theatre Association National Conference Grant is for current EdTA members who are theatre educators or college students studying to be theatre educators. This grant covers the basic Conference registration fee.


Please contact awards@schooltheatre.org with any questions.


For more information about grants, please contact Diane Carr (513.977.5526).

To apply for any grant opportunities :