Garrett Middle School is one of three metro-Atlanta middle schools that will partner with the Alliance Theatre for the regional launch of The JumpStart Theatre program, which the Educational Theatre Association developed.
The Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) will sponsor the three-year grant, which starts this year.
With the goal of building a sustainable and long-term musical theatre curriculum, the Alliance Theatre will provide teaching artists to mentor Garrett staff throughout the three-year program. The JumpStart Theatre program will use hands-on mentoring and bootcamp-style training to help non-theatre teachers at Garrett develop the skills needed to produce the school’s first musical.
The selection process included a formal written application, site visits to the schools and interviews with administrators and the faculty who would be spearheading the program for their school.
According to Garrett’s principal, chorus teacher Jacob Furse listened to feedback from students and community members about the need for a theater program at Garrett and applied for the JumpStart Theatre program.
“We appreciate his leadership on this initiative. He wants to expose students to different aspects of theater, build their confidence on stage, and encourage them to follow their dreams in the performing arts.”