The Educational Theatre Foundation

Thespian Relief Fund to
Save School Theatre

School theatre programs use box office proceeds to fund their next year's shows. With schools closed and spring shows canceled, many theatre programs are at risk of failing. Plus, with the massive cuts anticipated in state education budgets, arts and theatre programs will be at even greater risk. Thespian Relief Fund grants to help save school theatre will be awarded to schools in most need, including Title 1 schools with significant student enrollments of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

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The Thespian Relief Fund program will offer two types of grants to help school theatre programs. Troupes can apply for one or both of the grants for a total of $1,500 per school.


$500 grants for schools to start or renew a Thespian Troupe and cover lifetime fees for ten students.


$1000 grants to assist school theatre programs that have been negatively impacted by cancellation of events or loss of projected revenue.

Theatre is not a hobby for the privileged few.

“Theatre allows you to feel things with the heart. I love theatre because it has the power to tell important stories, to move an audience, to connect people, and to make change.”
Sophia Willard-Van Sistine,
High School Thespian

Interested in sponsoring the project?

We anticipate over 500,000 viewers, 70 cast members composed of Broadway, film and television stars, theatre students and theatre educators from all over the country. This is an invaluable opportunity to build awareness for your brand among an audience of kids, teens, young adults and families.

We offer a wide range of sponsorship opportunities at varying levels of tangible impact to suit your needs. Download the sponsorship prospectus to learn more.

For Information:

Chase Thomas, Director of Sponsorships,
Marion Combs, Vice President of Development,



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