December 15, 2015
The Educational Theatre Association has launched its Make a Dramatic Impact Appeal for donations to help fund the organization’s mission and support the cause of theatre education nationwide. Theatre education is an essential component of learning, providing critical skills necessary for the academic and professional worlds in the 21st century. However, many theatre programs around the country face impoverishment and elimination, making the need for support more urgent than ever.
Donations made in support of the fall appeal help EdTA continue to furnish professional development grants for teachers and scholarships for students, including the newly-established Christopher L. Hunt scholarship, created in memory of EdTA’s long-time director of marketing and intended for Thespians who plan to use skills learned through theatre in business or marketing careers. Money raised also supports programs for underserved schools and students, including the new JumpStart Theatre initiative, which provides musical theatre in middle schools that lack performing arts programs, as well as advocacy work at the local, state, and national levels to help keep theatre education in schools.
Contributions may also be directed to the Send a Troupe to Festival and Send a Troupe to Junior Festival grants. The Send a Troupe program provides resources needed to participate in the International Thespian Festival or Junior Thespian Festival to troupes with demonstrable financial barriers preventing them from attending. “Without Send a Troupe I never would have been able to stand on a stage in front of thousands of people that have the same passion,” says JaLynn Fisher of Thespian Troupe 1639. Fisher rose to the top of the National Individual Event for Stage Management at the 2015 Thespian Festival after her troupe received a Send a Troupe grant. “This experience has inspired me to pursue a degree and career in theatre.”
“Every child in America deserves access to theatre in school,” EdTA’s Executive Director Julie Cohen Theobald said. “Theatre education teaches essential skills to enable success in college, career, and life. Yet only 28% of public high schools in the poorest neighborhoods offer theatre instruction. It is our job as theatre enthusiasts to do something about it, and that is why I give.”
Make a tax-deductible gift online, or call 513.977.5539 or 513.977.4767 for more information. Contributions can be made with credit card, check, or donation of securities. All donors are recognized on Schooltheatre.org and in EdTA’s Annual Report.