NBC’s R.I.S.E. America to support high school theatre programs with $500,000 in grants

NBC partners with the Educational Theatre Foundation to provide $10,000 grants to 50 high schools across the country


Inspired by the network’s upcoming Jason Katims drama “Rise,” which premieres Tuesday, March 13 and follows the effects a high school theatre department has on its surrounding community, NBC is launching R.I.S.E. America, a program that grants a half-million dollars to high school theatre programs across the country.

R.I.S.E. (Recognizing and Inspiring Student Expression) America will award 50 high schools a $10,000 grant that will enable them to enhance or revitalize their theatre programs. The winning schools can use the grant money to cover various critical needs, including master classes and production expenses.

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The $10,000 grant can be used for a myriad of opportunities in the 2018 calendar year. Examples of the uses of funding include:

  • Production – Fund a production, purchase critical theatrical equipment and/or supplies (lighting, sound equipment, costumes), and/or underwrite your first full play or your first musical.
  • Student experience – Open students’ eyes and inspire them with exposure to new experiences: a field trip to a professional theatre production, attendance at a state theatre conference or national theatre festival with interactions from industry professionals and students from other regions.
  • Teacher development – Provide professional mentoring and resources to empower the educator to expand the theatre program. For example, fund a master class with teacher visits; training sessions with professional technical directors, writers, choreographers, and set designers; travel costs for a teacher to attend professional development conferences.

Apply for the R.I.S.E. America grant by sharing how your theatre program could benefit from receiving $10,000. Applications will be judged on a combination of compelling stories, financial need, and potential impact to the school theatre program.

Application closed. Winning schools will be announced mid-March.