“The pride in my kids' eyes when they realize the quality of equipment we are using now than before is immeasurable. More students are able to use a microphone, work with lights, hear themselves in the monitors, etc. They feel more professional and it has already made a difference in our productions and in their self-esteem”
- Charles Henderson High School, Alabama, recipient of R.I.S.E. America grant
Surveys of the Educational Theatre Association’s member teachers indicate that our 4,500 schools are trying to raise an average of more than $9,300 annually to fund their programs.
Middle and high school theatre teachers need resources to mount their school productions. Often, only faculty salaries and benefits are covered by school systems. Your charitable investment can ensure access and excellence in school theatre, helping an underserved inner city, rural, or suburban school to quickly improve the quality of its instruction and productions.
With an annual gift of $2,500 or more, you can fund competitive grants to enhance productions and technical theatre capacity for performances at a middle or high school. The biggest needs are production expenses and technical infrastructure, particularly light and sound upgrades, costumes, and equipment.
For more information on making an impact, email Marion Combs or call 513.977.5539.
“A lot of attention has been given to our theater program post the grant award, and the impact is being felt beyond just the planned performances next year. For the first time we're offering two sections of our theater class next fall because of high interest in the program. It feels as if the grant provided validity to the vision of the program we were trying to build, and the excitement is palpable!”
- Pine Island High School, Maine, recipient of R.I.S.E. America grant