Theatre in Our Schools Month, the grassroots campaign that raises awareness of the positive impact theatre programs have on schools and the communities they serve, returns in March.
In the video above, Josh Radnor, who stars as a high school theatre teacher on NBC’s anticipated new drama Rise, speaks about the lifelong skills young people learn when they experience theatre in schools. Radnor himself is an alum of Thespian Troupe 2512 at Bexley High School near Columbus, Ohio.
Those themes are central to Rise, which is inspired by the true story of high school theatre teacher Lou Volpe. Created by Jason Katims and produced by Hamilton's Jeffrey Seller, the series will premiere March 13.
Throughout March, additional stars will lend their own messages of support to the TIOS campaign, including Broadway’s Aladdin stars Telly Leung and Lauryn Ciardullo, as well as The Lion King headliners Jelani Remy and Chondra Profit. Disney Theatrical Productions is a sponsor of Theatre in Our Schools Month.
The campaign also aims to shed light on the need for access and resources in low-income communities, where theatre is often not part of the educational curriculum.
Throughout March, thousands of students and theatre educators across the U.S. will take this message to their communities, school boards, and elected officials. Those who wish to join the cause can use the hashtags #TIOS18 and #TheatreinOurSchools to share their stories on social media.
The Theatre in Our Schools campaign is jointly sponsored nationally by the American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE), the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), and the International Thespian Society (ITS).
For more information about TIOS and to learn how to get involved, visit SchoolTheatre.org.