Advocacy may not be part of your job description or class schedule, but it is
an important part of your work. Advocacy is more than simply the act of
speaking or writing in support of something. As a theatre educator or
student, each time you step onto a stage or into a classroom you are
affirming the value and purpose of your subject area as part of a
well-rounded school curriculum. Even if your theatre program is not at
risk for cutbacks or elimination, a proactive, well-organized effort to
build support for what you do can ensure that a strong and articulate
community of advocates is ready to speak up on your behalf when a crisis
You might feel that you don’t have the knowledge or skill to advocate
for your theatre program. Yes, you do, and the Educational Theatre
Association is here to help you. We’ve created a suite of advocacy tools
and resources divided into local, state, and national categories.
There’s also a resource section that lists key organizations, reports,
and research that can bolster your advocacy. From time to time, we’ll
add new information and tools. We’ve also included a direct link here to
the 2012 Survey of Theatre Education in U.S. High Schools, a
study commissioned by EdTA and done in partnership with Utah State
University. The survey, the first comprehensive look at theatre
education in high schools in twenty years, includes valuable data that
can help shape your advocacy pitch.
To keep current on what we’re doing on behalf of the field of theatre and other arts education, check out the EdTA Advocacy Update Quarterly or our advocacy blog.