Theatre Workout Support Fund
Drama Training for Disadvantaged Schools and Students
Drama Education: A Right, not a Privilege!
We know how Drama changes young people's lives. We see it every day, and we've all experienced it ourselves.
However, Drama in schools is underfunded and many young people do not have access to it, so are unable to benefit from all it has to offer.
The Theatre Workout Support Fund will offer subsidised training to schools and free training to students from disadvantaged backgrounds, creating enriching opportunities for young people who need them most!
How will this fund grow?
The Theatre Workout Support Fund will be developed through donations and from a share of profits created by Theatre Workout Academy courses and workshops. We are also seeking sponsorship and other fundraising activities.
Once enough funds are available, they will be offered to disadvantaged young people to participate in Theatre Workout Academy courses, and to disadvantaged schools for workshops by Theatre Workout Education.
How can you help?
Sponsorship opportunities are available for both Theatre Workout and Theatre Workout Academy programmes, championing our cause and supporting our business.
Why is the support fund needed?
The creative industries is one of the largest, and fastest growing industries in the UK, contributing over £84.1bn to the UK economy in 2014. However, drama does not exist on the National Curriculum and successive governments have cut arts and arts education funding.
The new English Baccalaureate being promoted by the government leaves very little room for creative arts subjects, which means even more schools will be forced to end the provision of arts and drama subjects.
Whether students want to enter the creative industries or not, drama training builds confidence and self-esteem, inspires creativity and imagination, and develops strong life skills in areas such as communication, teamwork and leadership. It nurtures a strong work ethic, as students take ownership of their creative output, makes them excited to go to school, and creates a sense of community and identity for students.
As highlighted by the Warwick Report, published in early 2015, arts and arts education funding has been repeatedly cut for decades. Despite the creative industries growing at double the rate of the rest of the UK economy, fewer and fewer students are offered the opportunity to grow through the arts in mainstream education, and access routs into the industry are a challenge. We hope to address this issue in our own small way.
How else can I help?
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