October 21, 2016
The Educational Theatre Association has awarded its first New Troupe Charter Grants, 30 days after the program's launch. The program is dedicated to bringing honor and recognition to theatre students in financially challenged communities through access to the International Thespian Society. The initial gift to fund the program has been made by Tams-Witmark Music Library.
The New Troupe Charter Grants program enables qualifying schools to fund the charter of an International Thespian Society troupe and induct up to ten students. Qualifications include a school-wide Title I designation and the production of at least one show per year for the two school years preceding the year of the grant application. The grants are for the 2016-17 school year.
The schools receiving New Troupe Charter Grants are Jurupa Hills High School, Fontana, CA; Mira Monte High School, Bakersfield, CA; Frankfort Community High School, West Frankfort, IL; Russell County High School, Russell Springs, KY; Western Middle School, Louisville, KY; and Benjamin O. Davis Jr. Senior High School, Houston, TX.
“Anyone who has sat in a theatre audience and has been transported beyond the realm of time and space can attest to the power and possibility of drama," said Tams-Witmark President Sargent Aborn. "In the perpetual fight to keep arts in schools, powerful voices have spoken out for the benefits of providing theatre arts for children, among which are: self-expression, self-knowledge, creativity, social awareness and, of course, education. Tams-Witmark is proud to be a catalyst in bringing theatre to children, especially children who have the most to gain and benefit from its limitless effects.”
“We are delighted with the immediate response," added EdTA Executive Director Julie Cohen Theobald. "Educators know this opportunity is valuable for students as an affirmation of the value of their artistic work. Our aim is to grow our funding and encourage more school theatre programs. Theatre provides a home where students can feel accepted, valued, and part of something larger than themselves. We are deeply grateful to Tams-Witmark for pioneering this effort with us.”
Limited funding is still available for 2016-17 school year grants. Learn more about the New Troupe Charter Grants program.