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CTFA solicits charitable contributions and grants funds in support of excellence & equity in theatre for children.
The Children's Theatre Foundation (CTFA) is listed by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) Public Charity and gifts are tax deductible.

ANNOUNCING: JOHN BECHTOLD of Amherst Regional H.S. is CTFA's 2020 Reba R. Robertson Award honoree. CONGRATULATIONS! CLICK to see Announcement VIDEO 7/30/2020.
UPDATE August 2020-The focus and criteria for CTFA's Grants and Awards will have changes in 2021

Influenced by the impact of COVID-19 upon theatre, schools, artists, and all practitioners of theatre for children, CTFA is wrestling with determining what will be our part in triage for our field of TYA.

Currently, we will leave our 2020 criteria, as a bookmark in our website. The new criteria will replace it, when our focus and process is clarified.

CTFA will endeavor to give you updated information, when we can. We encourage you to get connected electronically with our national partners TYA/USA, AATE and your strong state associations to find encouragement, help and community. We are artists and we have the creative future of our children as our responsibility.

Strengthen yourself, then creatively conceive of our future.

The Childrens Theatre Foundation of America challenges and supports theatre artists to achieve excellence in service to young people.
We Value:
  • Children and Youth
  • The Art of Theatre
  • Excellence
  • Innovation
  • Equity
  • Diversity
  • Inclusion
CTFA Equity/Diversity/Inclusion (EDI) Statement:
The Children’s Theatre Foundation of America is committed to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Foundation supports theatre artists and organizations that share the Foundation’s values working to address past and current injustices to groups that have been historically disadvantaged and socially, politically, and economically excluded.

The Foundation is committed to equity as a form of social justice. Equity is defined as the quality of being fair, unbiased, and just. For the Foundation, equity involves inviting diverse theatre artists and organizations to be involved in the work of the Foundation, and ensuring that all have equitable access to the resources and opportunities the Foundation can provide.

Diversity includes, but is not limited to, individual and group differences based on race, language, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, class, religious belief, and physical ability.

CTFA is committed to maintaining an inclusive environment and ensuring that diverse voices of communities and individuals are present, valued and active in all aspects of the organization.
Children’s Theatre Foundation of America action steps for 2016-2017 include:
  • Collaborating with and supporting diverse artists and communities in order to achieve our shared vision
  • Recruiting a diverse Board of Trustees
  • Establishing and maintaining funding partnerships that share the Foundation’s diversity, equity and inclusion values
  • Identifying and removing barriers to inclusion
  • Designing and implementing a board liaison resource program focused on equity and inclusion
  • Embracing and valuing the information and education received from our partners and partnerships
  • This statement will be reviewed and updated annually
With Thanks - Our work addressing these issues has been inspired by the work of many organizations who have done this work before us. We have made direct reference to statements from: Rockefeller Brothers Foundation; T. Hudson Jordan, “Moving From Diversity to Inclusion”, Diversity Journal;  Faulk, et. al…