Garrett MS chosen for JumpStart Theatre Program

JumpStart partners with the Alliance Theatre and Garrett MS to create a new theatre program for middle schoolers.

Garrett Middle school has been chosen to partner with the Alliance Theatre through the JumpStart Theatre program to build a theatre program in a middel school where there was no existing program. Through this eternal support, Garrett MS teachers and students will endeavor to create a sustainable middle school theatre program.

After an extensive selection process, the Alliance Theatre named the three Atlanta area middle schools they will partner with for the regional launch of The JumpStart Theatre program, developed by the Educational Theatre Association. JumpStart Theatre is a three-year program that will equip faculty and administrators with the skills and resources to produce their school’s first musical theatre production.

Garrett Middle School was selected as the Cobb County School District winner from all middle school applicants to receive the three-year grant sponsored by the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) beginning in the 2019-20 school year. The Alliance Theatre will provide teaching artists dedicated to mentoring the schools throughout the entire three-year program, with the goal of building a sustainable, long-term musical theatre curriculum. 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.

The JumpStart Theatre Program equips non-theatre teachers with the skills and resources to produce their school’s first musical through a proven combination of hands-on mentoring and boot-camp style training.

The JumpStart Theatre program creates sustainable theatre arts programs in middle schools where there previously were none. Participating schools are chosen through a rigorous application process and receive training, materials, and budget support to produce their first full-scale musical production. The support continues for three years until the program becomes self-sustaining.

Please join me as we congratulate Garrett Middle on this honor!


Christopher Ferrell, Supervisor
Instrumental Music

Dr. Joseph Woodruff, Supervisor
General & Choral Music, Dance & Theatre

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