Why give?

When you give to the Educational Theatre Association, you support:

  • Providing access to theatre education for all students.
  • Improving the educational experiences of all students.
  • Enriching the adult lives and careers of today's children.

Research shows that theatre education:

  • Improves teamwork, creativity, memory, and language skills.
  • Lowers dropout rates among at-risk youth.
  • Correlates to greater success in math and reading for many students.

The Educational Theatre Association is the premier international voice in theatre education, with dramatic reach and influence. By partnering with EdTA, you share the vision to make theatre education available to all students at all levels of learning.

Your tax deductible gift will provide a valuable theatre experience to our students and educators.

You can support EdTA through the following campaigns:

Annual Fund

Gifts to the Annual Fund support EdTA where they are most needed. These gifts embody the mission of EdTA and support our programs to assist underserved and disadvantaged students and schools, as well as educational programs, teacher professional development, and advocacy and research efforts.


Each year EdTA and its chapters award over $200,000 in scholarships and grants to college-bound theatre students intending to major in theatre education, the performing arts, technical theatre, or communications. Scholarships take into account academic merit, financial need, and personal attributes including Thespian troupe involvement and leadership.

JumpStart Theatre

A nationally scalable pilot program, JumpStart Theatre builds sustainable theatre arts programs in underserved middle schools that don’t have theatre teachers or programs, ensuring that students have access to the twenty-first century skills that theatre provides.

Send a Troupe

These grants cover the registration and travel expenses for troupes who have never been financially able to attend the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska, a life-changing experience with world-class performances and individual event competitions, as well as college auditions and workshops.

Planned giving: The EdTA Legacy Circle

By remembering EdTA in your will or designating EdTA as a beneficiary of your whole life insurance policy, you make a gift that will have a lasting impact on the future of educational theatre.

To learn more, please contact Director of Development Marion Combs at 513.977.5539 or Development Assistant Claire Willingham at 513.977.5529.