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Parents & Caregivers, find weekend tickets for your family here!

Parents, find information about performance training
in Austin for your child here.

Under the laughs and WOWs elicited by playfully staged stories,
IMPORTANT THINGS ARE HAPPENING!

  • Children bond through the beloninging generated in a shared live audience adventure.
    (So needed after pandemic isolation.)

  • Without being told to, children practice behavior-reading and empathy with natural ease while watching plays.

  • Live theatre holds a child's urgent interest while modeling how to be a person in a world with other people...
    A.K.A. Social Emotional Learning. 

  • Children trust the affirmation they feel when seeing themselves reflected in the universal awareness of a crafted stage story — providing them that inspiring sensation of: "I GET IT!"  It’s that victory that empowers imagination and frees new thinking. It’s educational capacity building!

  • Theatre-going informs more flexible and intentional interactions with peers and mentors. Children automatically learn, by watching actors play parts, that people can choose behaviorswhich means we can try on new ones, too! That crucial "I GET IT" especially opens new possibilities in the growth and learning.

 

Every child in Austin deserves a chance to experience live theatre and these unique benefits!

 

The Goal 

Let's ensure that all Austin public and charter school children are offered the opportunity to experience live theater before 7th grade! ATX Theatre has a plan, but we can't do it without you.

Join Us 

We all have a part to play in providing equitable access to live theatre for all Austin students! We deeply appreciate your contributions to this exciting, community-centric* program. Your contributions will build connections from Austin schools to theatre productions, consolidated resources for educators, and sponsorship support for classrooms lacking the budget to provide shared audience experiences to their students. Thank you! 

 

Learn More

We’ve researched the needs. We understand the impact. We stand ready with a prioritized 10-year plan to work toward the goal with your involvement. We'd love to partner with you, arts-loving citizens! And you, local businesses! And you, elementary schools! So, get in touch with us here. We look forward to hearing from you.

 ATX Theatre Youngsters student support begins with Ursula!

In March 2022, one hundred thirty students from East Austin Prep were sponsored by ATX Theatre Youngsters to attend Teatro Vivo’s presentation of Ursula. This original play was written by Frida Espinosa-Müller of Cara Mia Theatre, and she performs it mostly in Spanish (with supertitles in both languages make the play accessible to Spanish and English speakers). Special thanks to the ATX Theatre contributors who made this sponsorship possible, and to Roxanne Schroeder-Arce and Oscar Franco for coordinating this event through Teatro Vivo and the school!

 

This occasion marked the official activation of a 10-year plan adopted by ATX Theatre Youngsters to connect every Austin public and charter school child with a live theatre audience experience by middle school. The plan places schools at the top of the priority list if their students have not received access to theatre in the past. East Austin Prep is on that priority list, as no theatre in town had engaged with students there previously.

 

Through volunteer-led local industry research, ATX Theatre Youngsters found that schools with higher percentages of Latinx and young people of color in their student bodies have had less access to theatre productions than schools where the majority of students are white. In keeping with ATX Theatre’s organizational values, the Youngsters group is committed to ensuring that ALL children in Austin can feel that they belong in the imagination-building, transformative experience of attending live theatre.

 

As more than 1/3 of Austin’s population identifies as Latinx, supporting Spanish language and bilingual theatre that reflects Latin-American people and cultures with authenticity and dignity is of obvious importance. Ursula proved to be a beautiful and heart-felt first play for many of the students who saw it this week. The show traces the journey of Nadia, a 7-year-old girl who is separated from her mother after seeking asylum at the US-Mexico border. As Nadia waits for her asylum to be processed, she reflects on leaving Honduras and the new reality she is facing.

 

Besides the weekday school shows, Austin audiences had two opportunities to see Ursula at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. ATX Theatre lists all shows, no matter the size, budget, location, or producing entity with equal weight. So, the one-woman Ursula was listed right next to Lion King, being performed at Bass Concert Hall for 50,000 people in the span of one week. ATX Theatre’s focus on “only live theatre” allows this kind of equalizing between producing entities, and encourages audiences from well-supported theatres to try out less-supported ones.


Audience Feedback

    “Nadia could have been my mother.”

“The fact that it was just the actress playing all the roles and the dolls represented her friends made me think of the loneliness and imagination of a child in those conditions.”

If you'd like to explore participating in Community-Centric Fundraising* for the ATX Theatre Youngsters 10-year plan as a business or individual, you can see the plan here.  Please email info@atxtheatre.org and let’s have coffee about it. We look forward to meeting you. Business Name recognition for funding this program is on the table.

Photos by Morgana Willborn 

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*Community-Centric Fundraising is a fundraising model that is grounded in equity and social justice. We prioritize the entire community over individual organizations, foster a sense of belonging and interdependence, present our work not as individual transactions but holistically, and encourage mutual support between nonprofits. This term and definition fit the Youngsters 10-year plan and our whole organization so precisely that we feel compelled to share this resource with you to learn more about the concept: https://communitycentricfundraising.org/ 

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