The Educational Theatre Association’s JumpStart Theatre program will head to Atlanta in the 2019–2020 academic year through a partnership with the city’s Alliance Theatre.
The program, facilitated by the Educational Theatre Foundation (EdTA’s fundraising arm), aims to build theatre programs in middle schools that previously had none. Selected schools, determined by an application process, receive funds, materials, and training to produce their first full-scale musical production; support continues for three years as the schools prepare to self-sustain the theatre programs.
“The opportunity to support our middle school teachers and help them build a sustainable theatre program is thrilling,” said Christopher Moses, Alliance Theatre Director of Education and Associate Artistic Director. “JumpStart Theatre has a demonstrated track record of building capacity among those new to the art form, and I’m beyond delighted that some of metro Atlanta’s public schools can now share in this success.”
“The Alliance Theatre is an ideal partner for JumpStart Theatre,” added Educational Theatre Foundation President Julie Cohen Theobald. “Their education offerings are vast and impressive, and their mission fits perfectly with our vision to bring theatre to every student.”
Alliance’s existing education initiatives include a variety of classes and drama camps for students of all ages, workshops, and programs for educators and industry professionals.
JumpStart Theatre was piloted in 2015 in Cincinnati, in collaboration with Music Theatre International and iTheatrics. The program, funded entirely by gifts and grants, moved to San Diego and St. Louis through partnerships with La Jolla Playhouse and STAGES St. Louis.