Ways to Give


The dramatic arts teach young people life changing skills that improve their academic success and enhance their ability to think critically and creatively, yet in many parts of the country, schools continue to cut drama programs, students' test scores are the only measure of a child's success, and families can no longer afford to go to the theatre.

AATE is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Your fully tax-deductible contribution helps us to enhance programming, public education, and services that support theatre for young audiences, theatre arts curriculum in our schools, and the theatre artists, educators and scholars committed to transforming young people and communities through the theatre arts.


The dramatic arts teach young people skills that improve their results in the core curriculum and enhance their ability to navigate the challenges of life, including the ability to think critically, be better problem solvers, and adapt to changing job markets. High school students who take arts classes have higher math and verbal SAT scores than students who take no arts classes. And 93% of Americans believe that the arts are vital to providing a well-rounded education for children (National Assembly of State Arts Agencies).

AATE needs your support to keep theatre in our schools and our communities. AATE relies on the charitable contributions of people (members/donors) like you to continue our participation in setting Pre K-12 core arts standards—ensuring the inclusion of arts education as a balanced core curriculum in our public schools. In 2013, AATE and its members played a major role in writing the national core arts standards, but our work is far from done.


Here's an example of what your gift can achieve:

$10 - introduces Theatre In Our Schools Month to one school district, increasing public awareness of the impact of theatre and providing teachers with advocacy tools
$25 - gives a teacher access to model classroom practices and strategies for integrating theatre arts in other subjects
$50 - provides teaching artists the opportunity to attend local events featuring nationally recognized thought-leaders in theatre and education
$100 - allows AATE to participate in state and national core arts coalitions, and advocate for core arts standards in theatre, promoting the need for core arts standards in theatre, promoting the need for qualified teachers and teaching artists in our schools
$200 - helps neutralize bullying by teaching both the victim and the bully how to create positive messages through mutual understanding
$500 - brings exposure to ensembles of at-risk and disadvantaged youth, such as Pennsylvania's M-Uth Theatre troupe, Chicago's Crawling with Monsters, and Arena Stage's Voices of Now program, by underwriting their performance at AATE's national conference
$1,000 - supports groundbreaking research in proving the life-long benefits of the theatre arts in developing creative, innovative and visionary adults


No matter how great or how small, we need your financial support to achieve our mission. Make a gift to better youth theatre. Make a gift to advance your chosen profession. Make a gift to ensure theatre continues as a core curriculum in our public schools.



Here are just a few ways you can contribute:

Presidents Fund

Created in 2005 through the phenomenal efforts of some of our most dedicated members and the wonderful generosity of an anonymous donor, the Fund is an investment in our long-term future. Each dollar you give is matched one-to-one, doubling your impact. We have nearly reached our $80,000 goal and only need $4,000 this year to achieve our target and ensure AATE’s financial health well into the future.

Betsy Quinn Scholarship Initiative

Inspired by the 2011 participation of Crawling with Monsters, and in honor of beloved past president Betsy Quinn, this initiative supports the participation in the AATE annual conference by the members of a well-deserving and high quality youth program, particularly those involving under-served populations. With your help, they can receive travel and registration assistance and the opportunity to present an internationally significant aspect of their programming.

Annual Fund

Your charitable donation will help support AATE’s participation in the National Coalition of Core Arts Standards, promotion and public awareness of Theatre In Our Schools month, production of Youth Theatre Journal and InciteInsight, and help keep membership and events fees low despite increases in our own costs.

To donate to any of our funds, click on the fund title above to donate online or write a check payable to American Alliance for Theatre Education and mail with this form to: The American Alliance for Theatre Education, 4908 Auburn Avenue, Bethesda, MD20814. ***In the note section of your check, please be sure to indicate which program or fund you would like your contribution to support.***



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Technology Upgrade Campaign

Through its network of theatre artists, educators, and scholars, the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) works to transform young people and communities through the theatre arts. Due to limited software and outdated hardware, the staff is limited in its ability to serve its members and spread the word about the importance of theatre education. In an effort to get up to speed and improve our productivity, we have created a crowdfunding campaign.