The $5,000 grants aid the league-member organizations in executing their intended programs, which provide local school students access to productions that complement their academic studies. Each awarded organization offers local students the chance to see Broadway tours presented during the season and incorporates arts and educational programming correlating with the Broadway tour presentations.
Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The League of American Theatres and Producers, said in a statement, "League-member presenting organizations continually demonstrate their commitment to creating innovative learning strategies designed to heighten critical thinking, problem solving-skills, and the examination of relevant social themes by incorporating the act of theatregoing into the formal educational experience. These programs serve a diverse population that includes students who may not otherwise have an opportunity to experience live theatre due to economic and/or geographic constraints."
The ten organizations receiving the National Education Grants include:
The Fox Theatre – Atlanta, GA
The Civic Center of Greater Des Moines – Des Moines, IA
The Peace Center for the Performing Arts – Greenville, SC
Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University – Indianapolis, IN
The Connecticut Association for the Performing Arts/Shubert Theater – New Haven, CT
The Omaha Performing Arts Society – Omaha, NE
The Rochester Broadway Theatre League – Rochester, NY
California Musical Theatre – Sacramento, CA
The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center – Tampa, FL
Arizona State University Public Events – Tempe, AZ
The League of American Theatres and Producers administer the program with additional funding support from the Theatre Development Fund. For further information visit www.LiveBroadway.com.