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 behaviors — which 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!
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.
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!
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.
Teachers, click here to find group tickets!
Parents & Caregivers, find weekend tickets for your family here!
Parents, find information about performance training in Austin for your child here.
*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/