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WE DO ALL THE WORK!
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The Guild System
- Corporations choose a sponsorship level.
- Drama teachers submit a request for sponsorship for one of their underpaid - or unpaid - professional technicians or artists.
- The Guild Team matches the sponsor to school theatre productions.
- Each Drama department provides agreed benefits to the corporate sponsor.
- The technicians or artists perform the contracted work.
- The S.T.A.G.E. Guild directly pays the professional technicians or artists for their work with the technical theatre students.
- The students benefit from working with professionals at no cost to them.
- The students benefit from working with a professional.
- The technician or artist benefits from earning a living wage.
- The corporate sponsor benefits from the recognition and exposure they receive.
WHY SUPPORT TECHNICAL THEATRE EDUCATION IN OUR HIGH SCHOOLS
ENTERTAINMENT is the backbone of our society.
You have only to look at the credits after a movie to see how many technicians and artists are employed in the ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY.
Students involved in technical theatre in our schools are our future theatre and opera house technicians, designers, cinematographers, graphic artists for our favorite video games, and our football half time show designers and technicians, ________________(you fill in the blank, the list is endless).
ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY employees are highly skilled workers,
yet high schools trivialize this vocation as playing in the theatre.
The amount of funding going to the entertainment arts versus sports in high schools is in inverse proportion to
the amount of money spent on entertainment versus sports in the real world:
Americans spend more per year on entertainment than they do on professional sports.
Yet Americans spend more per year on sports education than they do on entertainment arts education.
One high school in Washington hired 7 coaches for 10 Track team students, while the Drama teacher alone served 60 students as the producer coach, the TD coach, the set coach, the lighting coach, the sound coach, the costume coach, the stage-fight coach, and the house management coach.
One school district in Wyoming agreed to provide coaches for a new softball team at their high school (typically serving only 15 to 20 students) at the cost of $36,332 for the first year and $27,544 each year thereafter, while one teacher advises the 'Theatre Guild' by themself on a stipend of $5335 per year.
If so many high schools won’t fund technical theatre education, then we in the industry
are going to reform how high school theatres provide technical theatre education for our students.
It's time to take matters into our own hands.
Across the country TEACHERS SAY...
“This is an incredible program! Thank you for tackling such a huge problem in high school theatre, and helping artists and technicians get paid for the valuable work they do.”
- New York
“This is an amazing opportunity…Hoping there will be many sponsors stepping forward to assist. Every year, we have students who continue in tech theatre beyond graduation, so I know firsthand this will be a great support for our teachers, bringing forth the best talent…Thank you for including me on this groundbreaking project!”
“This is incredible!!...I'm excited that I'll be able to offer this to professionals in our community”
BECOME A CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP MEMBER.
To find out more about being a sponsor:
Please Contact Us to receive our full Sponsorship Proposal.
Click here to download the Sponsor Splash Sheet for Entertainment Industry Companies.
Click here to download the Sponsor Splash Sheet for all Companies That Support Education.
Click here to download a Sponsorship Agreement form.
Please Contact Us if you are interested in Exclusive Sponsorship.
If you are a school
click here to download the Informational Flier
click here to download the Quick Facts Sheet
click here to download the Application Form
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