Finding high quality theatre performances for young audiences that are artistically exceptional and educationally sound is a real challenge. When children watch professional theatre performances, especially during the school day, their teachers need to know that their time is well-spent on experiences that promote learning, provoke thought, and encourage pro-social values.
To meet the needs of teachers, administrators, theatre presenters, and parents, ArtsPower National Touring Theatre was established in 1985 for the purpose of creating and touring outstanding, spirited theatre that speaks to and resonates powerfully with elementary and middle school-aged children and the adults who accompany them to see professional theatre performances.
Since our start, ArtsPower has helped to light up the hearts and minds of more than 14.5 million children and adults by bringing our musicals and dramas directly to young people in grades PreK-9, their teachers, and their families in first-run theatres, performing arts centers, university auditoriums, and schools. Our 34 original productions have travelled hundreds of thousands of miles across 49 states, District of Columbia, and Canada.
ArtsPower has been privileged to work closely with several of America’s most beloved authors for young readers, including Judy Blume, Lois Lowry, Paula Danziger, E.L. Konigsburg, Patricia Reilly Giff, Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Megan McDonald, and Tammi Sauer, in creating theatrical productions based on their acclaimed books for young readers.
ArtsPower’s compelling productions address themes and values that connect with teachers, parents, and young people, like empathy, honesty, trust, compassion, and perseverance. These are the same values that have sustained ArtsPower as one of America’s leading sources of meaningful theatre for more than 35 years.
THE ARTSPOWER PLEDGE
It is our pledge to continue to challenge young people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, and religions with high quality performances and curriculum that encourages pro-social values and behaviors so they can bring that positivity into their own lives.
Our work will continue to encourage students to read, inquire, and question so they can develop the necessary cognitive and reasoning skills to effect positive change in themselves and others.