The Media Theatre Empowerment Program
The Media Theatre Empowerment Program has been operational since 1994. Since its inception, and with the support of multiple grants and corporate funding, the Empowerment Program has served over 20,000 students.
The objective of the Media Theatre Empowerment Program is to encourage an arts-rich education, serving the needs of the children in surrounding areas such as Chester and Delaware Counties, especially those who are economically disadvantaged. Students of all backgrounds and demographics are provided a unique educational opportunity through the Empowerment Program without any financial burden. Due to its success thus far, the Media Theatre is hoping to expand the Empowerment Program, offering scholarship opportunities to students attending Media Theatre’s summer musical theatre camps.
The Media Theatre Empowerment Program is an outreach program that provides funded tickets for students in grades K-12 to see a live theatrical Broadway-style production. This would provide theatre tickets (valued at $30 each) to students attending area public and/or private schools. In addition, participating schools would be offered the opportunity to attend a post-show theatre workshop. Workshops are held in the Media Theatre’s Crystal Room, integrating the audience and actors. Students can bring their lunches to the theatre and enjoy meeting the professional actors and crew, learning about what goes on behind the scenes when producing a show. Media Theatre would also offer schools participating in the Empowerment Program the option to have an onsite visit from a theatre professional prior to the show date.
The Media Theatre Empowerment Program allows us to develop strong relationships with more schools of need in our surrounding communities. Through free programming, we can continue this initiative to promote unique educational opportunities among the youth in our communities. The Media Theatre believes that musical theatre education can be used as a tool, teaching young people the importance of responsibility, teamwork and imagination.