Educational Tax Improvement Credits

Civic Theatre of Allentown receives support for its educational programs from companies through the Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program

2016-2017 EITC-Approved Education Programs

Mainstage Productions: Civic Theatre of Allentown produces and programs a variety of high-quality performances of award winning plays and musicals each year including an original adaptation of the holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, a multigenerational production in which more than 80 child actors are cast to perform on stage with veteran adult actors.  Students also assist in the production and backstage aspects of the show.  Civic Theatre’s mainstage productions also offer engaging performances with subsidized tickets for school groups, inspiring thousands of students each year to experience some of their favorite stories and characters in their first theatre experience.  During the FY2015-2016, 2,914 subsidized tickets were provided for students to attend Civic Theatre’s school matinees of A Christmas Carol.

Arts and Literacy Outreach Program: Reading with The Cat in the Hat & Friends was developed in 2009 to ignite the passion for reading in local schools that serve K-5, a formative age when reading can be instilled as a habit for a lifetime.  Civic’s innovative outreach programs bring to life the books of Dr. Seuss and other writers in the classroom and youth organizations around the Lehigh Valley to promote literacy.  Young audiences in K-2 experience an interactive series of dramatic readings and age-appropriate workbook activities conducted by an actor-facilitator.   Older students meet characters such as Emily Dickinson and Clara Barton in similar productions that are both fun and educational.  Civic Theatre’s vibrant arts and literacy outreach programs align with standards set by the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association’s Standards for English Language Arts.  During the FY2015-2016, 4,500 K-5 elementary students participated in Civic Theatre’s educational outreach programs.

Civic Theatre School: Civic Theatre School, more than 60 years in operation, is dedicated to the idea that drama is an integral part of the human experience.  In addition to developing theatre skills, these arts-infused classes inspire creativity, increase self-esteem, improve speaking and listening skills, develop team building, and nurture an appreciation for the arts.  Studies have shown that theatre classes enhance creativity and develop skills that assist in learning languages and mathematics.  Civic Theatre School acts as a feeder system to the theatre’s mainstage productions and stages its own production each year.  Classes are open to children from pre-school to 12th grade.  Instructors include certified educators who teach drama at the college and high school level, an alumnus of the American Ballet Theatre in New York City, as well as other veteran arts professionals. Full and partial tuition-free scholarships are awarded on a needs-basis each year.  During the FY2015-2016, 246 subsidized tickets were provided for students to attend Civic Theatre School’s student matinee of Once Upon a Mattress.

High School and College Internships: Civic Theatre offers internships in artistic, technical, and administrative areas of the theatre.  Interns have the opportunity to observe and work with Civic Theatre’s professional production staff on technical aspects such as lights and sound, as well as on choreography, scenic design, and stage management. These internships offer hands-on learning experiences for students who aspire to theatre studies.

Job Shadowing:  Middle school and high school students, in collaboration with their own schools and the theatre, may accompany staff members to learn about aspects of the theatre such as set and costume design, directing, as well as administrative careers like business management, marketing, and development.  Job shadowing provides opportunities for students to gain knowledge about the theatrical world and career paths available in the arts.

EITC contact at Civic Theatre of Allentown: Shirley Kline, Development Director
shirley@civictheatre.com or 610-433-8903, ext. 213