2022 JumpStart Theatre Program Applications Now Open 

TCTC_Jumpstart 2022Schools with Grades 5-8 can apply for services and materials valued at $12K

Cincinnati – Applications are now available to participate in the middle school initiative, JumpStart Theatre, managed by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.

All Cincinnati tri-state area middle schools and schools with grades 5-8 may apply to participate in JumpStart Theatre. Applications can be completed and submitted online beginning January 15, through February 15, 2022. Selected schools will be announced in the spring and will begin implementing the program in their school in the fall of 2022.

Participant schools are chosen through the online application which is now available at: https://thechildrenstheatre.com/jumpstart-theatre-program/

Training & Ongoing Mentoring:
Each selected school will receive services and materials valued at $12,000 in the form of training, mentoring, and production support for a show for their community. Students will be involved in every aspect of the production, and TCT will also host an annual JumpStart Theatre showcase, bringing all the participants together to share their work.

Three teachers from each participating school are taught the techniques and skills to develop and manage a musical theatre program (everything from casting, to rehearsal schedules, to staging/choreography and technical requirements, to cultivating parent/community engagement, to achieving economic sustainability) through a series of three, full-day professional development “boot camps” each year of the three-year program, plus an ongoing mentoring/coaching relationship with an experienced theatre teaching artist.


  • January 15 through February 15, 2022 (11:59 PM) – Applications accepted
  • February – March 2022 – Interviews for schools who have applied and Site Visits for Finalists
  • March 2022 – Selected schools notified & orientation for selected schools
  • May 2022 – Planning for 2022-2023 school year (submit show selections, boot camp dates determined, contracts signed)
  • Fall 2022 – Program begins at selected sites

About JumpStart Theatre:
JumpStart Theatre is a collaboration among the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), and New York City-based companies, Music Theatre International (MTI) and iTheatrics. The program trains educators to develop sustainable arts programs at underserved middle schools that do not currently offer theatre in the curriculum or after school.


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