Every child in America deserves access to theatre in their school.

The Educational Theatre Foundation aims to make that a reality.

ETF exists to provide the financial support needed to achieve this vision. Through the foundation’s programs, grants, scholarships, we’re expanding access to theatre education.


Our Purpose

The Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) is the philanthropic arm of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA).

Theatre teaches essential skills such as collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking to enable success in college, career, and life.

The Educational Theatre Foundation provides financial support to enhance excellence in theatre education and to expand access to K-12 school theatre programs for every child.

Foundation Programs

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The Pathway program promotes racial equity through school theatre and honors Craig Zadan, who made musical theatre more accessible to millions.

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JumpStart Theatre

The JumpStart Theatre program creates sustainable theatre arts programs in underserved middle schools where there were none.

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Thespian Relief Fund

Thespian Relief grants will be awarded to schools in most need, including Title 1 schools with significant racial diversity, and rural or small schools with few resources.

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Donor Spotlight

“We give to ETF because we believe every child should have access to arts education. Arts education provides students an opportunity to grow, to learn, and to gain confidence, communication skills, empathy, and compassion. The arts are a powerful tool to help our students create a brighter future.”

Coty Forno, Board of Trustees


Our Executive Director signs the Foundation into being

In 1995, the Educational Theatre Foundation was incorporated as the fundraising arm for the association.

In 2017, behind the strength and stature of the larger association, the ETF board of trustees was assembled and authorized to launch the foundation as a national leader in philanthropy to enhance excellence and to build access to school theatre for every child.

Foundation News

Upcoming Foundation Events

March 2023
Mar 01
01 March All day
Hartwell Elementary School, Cincinnati, OH United States
Mar 17
17 March All day
Salisbury-Elk Lick School District, Salisbury, PA United States
Annie JR.
Mar 31
31 March All day
Bellevue High School, Bellevue, KY United States

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