Creative Arts Team, Inc. - 2008

Funded in March, 2008: $60000 for 2 years
The Dana Foundation granted continued funding for Creative Arts Team’s (CAT) training program launched in 2006 for professional actors who are graduates of CAT's Youth Theatre to become teachers of the Youth Theatre program.  About twenty CAT Actor/Teachers will receive training to further hone their teaching skills and learn more about CAT’s teaching methodology.Additional training will be offered to three teaching artists selected to be “Dana Fellows.”  Each Dana Fellow will receive tuition support, hands-on leadership experience, and extensive one-on-one guidance and mentoring by senior CAT leaders and program staff. They will be exposed to all phases of running the Youth Theatre, from membership recruitment and retention to play devising to administration. In Year 2, by participating as guest speakers in CAT’s graduate courses, they will also gain experience in teaching others to run a Youth Theatre. By the end of the grant period, the Fellows will have become teaching artists be able both to lead Youth Theatre companies and teach others to do so.