JumpStart Theatre

Build a sustainable musical theatre program in your school!

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is pleased to partner with the Educational Theatre Association’s (EdTA) JumpStart Theatre program. The program equips middle school teachers with the skills and resources to produce their school’s first musical through a proven combination of hands-on mentoring and boot-camp style training. EdTA, in collaboration with NYC-based companies iTheatrics and Musical Theatre International (MTI), created JumpStart Theatre, a three-year program which builds sustainable musical theatre programs where none previously existed, and aims to:

• Engage as many students as possible in all aspects of theatre, preparing them for high school, college, and the workforce by instilling 21st-century skills of collaboration, communication, problem solving, and creativity

• Provide a practical and effective path to implementation in underserved middle schools nationwide

How it works:

Schools are rigorously screened on multiple criteria, most notably, passion and commitment. Participant schools receive the materials, funding, expert training, and experienced teaching artist mentor support to produce one full-scale musical production each year on a three-year path to sustainable capability.


January 14 – February 15, 2019 (11:59 PM) – Applications accepted

February 22 – March 15, 2019 – Interviews for schools who have applied and Site Visits for Finalists

March – April 2019 – Selected schools notified

April 2019 – Orientation for selected schools

May 2019 – Planning for 2019-2020 school year (submit show selections, bootcamp dates determined, contracts signed)

Fall 2019 – Program begins at selected sites

Training & Ongoing Mentoring:

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.

Applications are currently closed for the 19-20 school year. 


Contact Kim Kern, Managing Director and CEO, kim.kern@tctcincinnati.com or call 513-569-8080 x11.

About the Program:

The Educational Theatre Association is an international association with approximately 125,000 active members whose mission is shaping lives through theatre education. EdTA is home of the International Thespian Society, which has inducted more than 2.3 million students since its founding in 1929. The Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) is the fundraising arm of EdTA, providing financial support to enhance theatre education and expand access to school theatre programs for every child.

To see a video about JumpStart Theatre, click here.

To see a video about the Educational Theatre Foundation, click here.