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Grants for Troupes, Teachers, and Schools

Through its philanthropic arm, the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF), EdTA offers need-based grants for school theatre programs and financial support for educators, troupes, and schools to participate in the organization’s activities and events, including the International Thespian Festival (ITF) and the Theatre Education Conference. Explore the opportunities and apply below.

Thespian Relief Grants exist to help school theatre programs in need. Two types of grants are offered: a $500 grant that can be used for International Thespian Society troupe-related fees (dues and inductions) and a $1,000 grant that can be used for any theatre program-related expense, including show rights, equipment, travel, and more.

New Troupe Charter Grants, Troupe Reinstatement Grants and Induction Assistance Grants are now a part of the Thespian Relief Grant program.

Learn more about the Thespian Relief Fund, its supporters and past recipients.

The Theatre Education Conference Grant covers the basic Conference registration fee for up to five EdTA members. EdTA’s National Conference is an annual professional development experience designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of theatre educators so that they can better contribute to their school, students, and the profession. Application will open in 2023.

National Conference Grant
Pathway students performing on stage

Note: This is a pilot program and applications will only be accepted from schools in Atlanta, Cincinnati, and San Diego.

Pathway honors the late Craig Zadan, a visionary with a lifelong commitment to addressing issues of diversity. Currently in a pilot phase, the program focuses on enhancing the school theatre experience and impact in underserved communities. Specifically, the initiative seeks to create opportunities for students to work with industry professionals of color while performing a piece that encourages dialogue around racial equity.

Grants of $10,000 are awarded to high schools to put on a musical or play that encourages dialogue around issues of race and racial equity. Funds should be used to hire a professional director, choreographer, and/or technical expert of color to act as mentors to students, building relationships and casting vision for potential career pathways.

Applications for the 2023-24 school year will open in spring 2023.

ITF grants enable Thespians to participate in the life-changing experience of the festival and its weeklong student immersion into theatre with interactive workshops, top high school performances from around the world, the International Thespian Excellence Awards, college auditions, scholarships, and more. Includes grants honoring Ronald L. Longstreth and Doug Finney.

Applications are open from January 1 to March 1 each year.

Learn more.

The Fiddler on the Roof Grant covers performance royalties and support resources for middle or high school Thespian troupes to perform Fiddler on the Roof or Fiddler on the Roof JR. through Music Theatre International. Funders Helene and Edward Cole created the grant to help educate students and communities about Jewish heritage and culture.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2022-2023 school year.

Read more about the program.

The Linda P. Wise Grant for Theatre Educators is a $500 grant awarded to EdTA professional members who are also theatre educators and present a well-laid plan for an in-class program in need of financial support.

This grant will reopen in 2023.


Our program services team is happy to help!
Email awards@schooltheatre.org or send us a message using the form on our contact page.

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