By: STO Karis Klammer, Montgomery HS, Troupe 5986 and STO Gabriel Brock, Goose Creek Memorial HS, Troupe 8132
March 2021 was exciting! Theatre in Our Schools Month has been a fantastic success! Schools from all corners of the state participated in TIOSM festivities; thespians participated in challenges and activities posted on the Texas Thespian socials, advertised shows, and supported other troupes. Not to mention all of the advocacy that was done by thespians this month.
Over the past 31 days, thespians across the state succeeded in implementing every part of A.R.T.S (A - Advertise, R - Reach Out, T - Teach, S - Social Media) into their advocacy. Every single troupe has made Texas Thespians proud. They took these four simple letters and brought awareness to their departments and theatre as a whole in the state.
Our goal for March was to get TIOSM declared in 10 cities. However, we did not get 10. We absolutely blew our goal out of the water! Theatre in Our Schools Month was declared in 31 CITIES ACROSS THE STATE OF TEXAS!! So now you must be thinking “what can I do with all this information I’ve learned this month?” Even though the curtains are closing on Theatre in Our Schools Month 2021, the lessons you’ve learned this month have equipped you to continue the spirit of TIOS month for the rest of the school year and beyond that! Continue to support other troupes and the arts in your community, continue to create, and most importantly continue to advocate for theatre arts and everything that makes your program what it is. Yearn to leave your troupe and theatre in your community better off than when you first star.
March 2021 has been one of the most successful Theatre in Our Schools Months ever! Your work exceeded every expectation. You have raised awareness about the impact of theatre education, drew attention to the need for more theatre access for all students, and supported school theatre programs in need. Even though the curtains are closing on TIOSM 2021, thank you to everyone who contributed to making this the best Theatre in our Schools Month we could ask for!
Stay Tuned, Your 2020 and 2021 Texas State Thespian Officers