Thespian Relief Fund

Sponsors | Award Recipients

School theatre programs use box office proceeds to fund their next year’s shows. With schools closed and spring shows canceled, many school theatre programs are at risk of failing. Plus, with the massive cuts anticipated in state education budgets, arts and theatre programs will be at even greater risk.

These grants will be awarded to schools in most need, including Title 1 schools with significant student enrollments of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, as well rural and small schools with few or no support resources.

The ETF Thespian Relief program will offer two types of grants to help school theatre programs:

  • $500 grants for schools to start or renew a Thespian Troupe and cover lifetime fees for 10 students. A Thespian troupe is a group of students who have earned induction into the honor society for middle or high school theatre students—the  International Thespian Society,  which was established in 1929 and has 2.4 million members.
  • $1,000 grants will assist school theatre programs that, because of COVID-19, have been negatively impacted by cancellation of events or loss of projected revenue. Grant funds may be used for purchase of equipment, costumes, lights, show rights and help with any other issues related to getting a school theatre program up and running again.

Schools may apply for one or both of these grants.

Sponsor Support

Thanks to Broadway Licensing for donating licenses to all grantees, and Concord Theatricals for sponsoring the Thespian Relief Grants issued in March 2021.

Broadway Licensing has provided free streaming licenses to all 114 schools who have received a grant.

Concord Theatricals is sponsoring an additional $7,500 in Thespian Relief Grants during March for Theatre in Our Schools Month.

Award Recipients


Leeds High School Theatre
W.P. Davidson High School
Theodore High School
Dothan Preparatory Academy


East Valley High School


Wilbur D. Mills University Studies High School
Heber Springs High School

British Columbia, Canada

Whistler Secondary School


Willow Glen High School
American Canyon High School
El Toro High School
Carlsbad High School
Benton Middle School
Bakersfield High School
Napa High School
Cajon High School
Ontario High School
Cosumnes Oaks High School
Oroville High School
Highland High School


Parker Performing Arts School
Rangeview High School
Eaton High School

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Admiral Herbert G. Hopwood Middle School
Marianas High School


Bassick High School


West Nassau High School
St. Cloud High School
Lake Worth Community High School
Central High School
St. John Neumann Catholic High School
Don Soffer Aventura High School
Leto High School
Jose de Diego Middle School
Williams Middle School
Liberty High School
J.P. Travaella High School

Herbert Hoover Middle School

Marathon Middle High School


Newnan High School
Rockdale County High School
Alcovy High School
West Hall Middle School
Salem High School


Iao Intermediate School
Hongwanji Mission School
Pacific Buddhist Academy


Alton High School
United Township High School
De La Salle Institute
Plano Community High School


Munster High School
Rensselaer Central High School
Jasper High School
Merrillville High School
Madison Consolidated High School
Rochester Community High School
Logansport Junior High School
Logansport High School
Franklin Central Junior Thespians


Cedar Rapids George Washington High School


Garden City High School
Leavenworth High School
Ottawa High School


Elizabethtown High School
Leestown Middle School
Randall K. Cooper High School


George Washington Carver HIgh School
Abramson Sci Academy
Pineville High School Magnet for the Performing Arts
SummerStone Academy
McKinley Middle Academic Magnet


North East High School
Northern Garrett High School
Wheaton High School
Monarch Global Academy
The Empowerment Academy
Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women
Mardela Middle & High School
A. Mario Loiederman Middle School for the Creative and Performing Arts
Northwestern High School


The MacDuffie School


Harrison Community High School
Belding Area Schools
Coopersville Public Schools


Waconia High School
Centennial Middle School


West Point High School
Madison Middle School


Forsyth High School


Kearney High School Theatre


Ateres Bnos Ita

New Hampshire

Hollis Brookline High School

New Jersey

Gloucester City School District
Voorhees High School
Passaic Preparatory Academy

New Mexico

Santa Fe High School

New York

Monroe-Woodbury High School
John Jay High School
Walt Whitman High School
Palisade Preparatory School

North Carolina

Roxboro Community School
Penn-Griffin School for the Arts

North Dakota

Valley-Edinburg Public Schools


Elyria High School
Kings High School
Columbus Alternative High School
Harrison Hills City School District
Madison High School
John Marshall High School
Chaviva High School
Blanchester High School
Delphos Jefferson High School
Troy High School
Westerville Central High School


U.S. Grant High School


Sam Barlow High School


Governor Mifflin High School
Springfield Middle School
Palmyra Area High School


Oakland Middle School
Tipton-Rosemark Academy


Chavez High School
A+ Academy Secondary
Cedar Creek High School
James Bowie Middle School
Navasota High School
McCallum High School and Fine Arts Academy
Howell Middle School
Leander Middle School
McAllen Memorial High School

Washington D.C.

McKinley Technology High School

West Virginia

Capital High School
Parkersburg South High School
Spring Mills High School