Thespians Give Back!
Last year, Texas Thespians worked toward bettering our world both locally and nationally during state festival held in Grapevine. The State Thespian Officers invited all members to participate in different events during the three-day festival so that students could not only be part of the festival, but once again demonstrate how students care and share.
Our State Thespian Officers lead by example and are the driving force behind student giving at the state level!
Cans for Bingo! This year, students will have fun playing bingo for prizes! Students will receive bingo cards for each can they bring to festival. Prizes will be announced via social media with a HUGE Blackout game for our top prize! Remember to bring cans to support our local organization. We will announce this year's charity in October 2018.
Previous donations have gone to:
The Resource Center of Dallas
Animal Shelters of Dallas
Local Food Bank of Dallas
Tarrant Area Food Bank
The Send a Troupe to Texas Thespian State Festival grant covers up to $3000 for basic registration expenses for Texas Troupes which have never been to the Texas State Festival and who can demonstrate financial barriers to attending.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $285 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.
The International Thespian Society has raised more than $1 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Texas Thespians supports this initiative with a Broadway Street Shop each year at Festival. Items for sale this year will include signed posters and programs from current Broadway productions, Broadway memorabilia and more. We will share photos of our items prior to festival on social media so come out to support and raise money for Broadway Cares!
“A Minute to Give it” is our monetary challenge to ensure that students involved in theatre are able to attend festival. With this challenge, our organization provides grants to help troupes reach their goal of attending Texas State Festival. Last year, Texas Thespians brought two new troupes to State with this initiative and the generosity of people around the state and country helped fund over $50,000 of scholarships to students who were financially burdened and affected by the hurricanes that devastated our areas.