By: STO Gentry Phillips, Springtown High School, Troupe 1494
It’s the time of year every thespian looks forward to … it’s Theatre In Our Schools Month! Theatre In Our Schools Month is a time to celebrate, and most importantly advocate, for the arts all around our state. It is a time to reach out and spread the word on why theatre is so important! We can each do that by using S.A.U.C.E., which is an acronym used to describe just what TIOSM is all about. We will be going further into what each letter stands for, but for now I’ll give you the preview.
S stands for Social Media! Social media is a great way to connect with those around you. You can connect to people in your troupes or the troupes around you in order to celebrate and maybe even collectively get TIOSM declared for your city!
A stands for Advocacy! Advocacy is a major part of Theatre In Our Schools Month. By advocating for theatre we can spread the word about how theatre has changed our lives and bettered our communities!
U stands for Understand! In order to advocate we must understand why we are advocating in the first place. Understanding our cause better sets up the understanding for the people we are trying to reach.
C stands for Connect! We need to connect with our peers and representatives in order to get the job done. By connecting and creating relationships we are able to make changes not only in March, but for months and years to come.
E stands for Educate! To make a good chase to our representatives as to why theatre is important we need to know the facts. Educating ourselves and those around us is incredibly vital to advocating.
This month is incredibly important and incredibly influential to theatre everywhere. Now go out there and advocate, collaborate, and educate!
Happy TIOSM Texas Thespians,
Your 2021 Texas State Thespian Officers