The funds were awarded at the NCTF’s Annual Chairman’s Awards Gala April 30. The gala, hosted by
NCTF’s member theatres were challenged to submit a video outlining why theatre and arts education is critical for student success, taking arts education out of abstract terms and personalizing the impact.
"We are extremely grateful to NCTF for their support of theatre education through Impact Creativity,” said Annie DiMartino, director of education. “Creating the PSA allowed us to shine a light on many of the lessons we teach our students on a daily basis. It’s not just about memorizing lines and acting on stage; it is about team-work, strengthening one’s imagination, and taking ownership of your voice.”
Long Wharf Theatre’s education public service announcement featured a young man’s voice reading out typewritten words on screen. “Act One,” the young man says, describing the tense moments before a 14-year-old boy walks out on stage for the very first time. He recalls something he just learned in a Long Wharf Theatre acting class: “Be loud, be proud. Loud and proud.”
Fast forward ten years to Act Two. That same young man, now 24-years-old, puts on a suit, makes eye contact, and successfully executes a key business presentation to a room of clients. The same advice rings through his ears, leading him to success. The video concludes with a direct message: “Theatre education prepares disadvantaged youths for the workforce. That’s not an act.” “What we do encompasses all students,” DiMartino said. “Our goal is to empower, engage and encourage in a way that leaves a lasting impression.”