Message from CTFA President, Roger Bedard

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Thank you for Your Commitment

December, 2016

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

As 2016 comes to a close I extend my thanks to all of you from the Board of Directors of the Children’s Theatre Foundation of American. I thank you for your passion, your artistry and your commitment to the art of theatre and children. All of us involved in this important work are blessed with working within a special community of talented, generous, and passionate artists and educators. Sometimes the work is difficult and often the financial remuneration is slight; but I, personally, can remember the many times I have been buoyed by the fantastic work that you accomplish--work that offers young people the chance to stretch themselves and dream through theatre.

In 1958 a group of pioneers in the field of theatre and children, led by Winifred Ward, created the Children’s Theatre Foundation, to actualize this idea of all of us supporting the work of one another. It has always been a small foundation, operated by a volunteer Board comprised of people who themselves are passionate artists and educators. But what the foundation lacks in size, is more than balanced by your generous support. With your help, the Foundation has been able to support stimulating conference events for both AATE and TYA/USA and to aid in some of the necessary and individualized support you need to do your job.

We are excited to launch a new dare-to-dream initiative in 2017. We want to support your ideas which will enhance excellence, innovation, diversity, equity and inclusion in theatre with and for young people. I invite you to visit the CTFA website to see the many possibilities for help in funding your dream.

I thank you for your past support of our many initiatives, and I ask again that you consider the Children’s Theatre Foundation in your annual giving plans. This is an opportunity to support the work we all feel so passionately about. Because we are entirely volunteer-run, 95 cents of every dollar you donate is returned directly to your fellow artists and educators to enhance the lives of young people through theatre. And did I mention that your donation is tax deductible?

The Children’s Theatre Foundation is an organization created and run by our peers, for the direct benefit of the field. With your financial support we can make a difference. Thanks again for your passion, your artistry, and thank you for caring about theatre and young people.


Roger L. Bedard, President
Board of Directors
Children’s Theatre Foundation of America