In close partnership with over 40 schools and community organizations, ETC brings theater and artists directly into local classrooms: programs are participatory and students are able to make theater write dialogue, paint sets, analyze and create characters not just watch from the audience. Young children work closely with resident teaching artists to write, produce, or perform an original musical, while older students create and star in a film or experience a touring Shakespeare production right in their own schools. ETC Creative Age engages seniors who perform scenes and write monologues about their lives; and an arts-based ESOL program uses theater techniques to build vocabulary, fluency, and public speaking among English language learners. Live theater can truly ignite the imagination, so the goal is simple: weave the arts into everyday experience and make joy, confidence, creativity, and community come to life. Don't just watch from the audience!

Awards & Recognition

Virginians for the Arts Rising Star Award, 2004.
Virginians for the Arts Shining Star Honorable Mention, 2010.


    Budget (FY2016)

    • $3 million or higher
    • $1 million to $3 million
    • $500k to $1 million
    • The current budget for Educational Theatre Company is: Less than $500k

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