Why Give

Seattle Children’s Theatre is a leader in the Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) field. Since 1975, we have reached 6 million young people and their families through our live theatre productions and education programs. In 2019 a landmark study from New Victory Theatre and WolfBrown studied the intrinsic impact of live performance of young audiences. This research represents the only longitudinal study of its kind and found that students who experience live theatre before the age of 8 demonstrate a range of social benefits that enriches their social and emotional growth, supports their school engagement, and develops their ability to imagine and hope for the future. This triumphant news is exhilarating to SCT because we are in business of building futures.  

Beyond developing a child’s ability to understand the lives of others, and fostering a deeper sense of compassion and tolerance, theater also provides essential developmental tools for the adult they will become. Exposure to live theater impacts the success of young people today, while shaping their future as a more self-aware, compassionate, and empathetic generation of leaders and citizens.* 

When you support SCT with a gift, you help us make radical transformations in young people’s lives. Your gift not only helps us develop new productions and educational programs to support young people where they are in their development, but helps eliminate the financial barriers for families and classrooms. In 2022 we are offering two new programs to support our mission: a no financial barriers and no questions asked policies for both camps, classes and productions and free ticketing programs for all first and fifth grade Seattle public school’s students.  

Every child deserves access to these programs, and with your partnership it is possible.  

For more information, contact the Development Department.  
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*Envisioning the Future of Theater for Young Audiences, 2019