Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Spotlight Education program is an essential part of arts education in many Minnesota schools. Annually, we help nearly 8,000 students in more than 100 high schools build confidence, critical thinking, empathy, sense of community and knowledge of musical theater.
The program supplements and enhances arts curricula through production assessments, masterclasses, and theater review writing increasing equitable access to quality musical theater education. Spotlight Showcase, our annual recognition event, is Minnesota’s largest celebration of high school musical theater and provides 1,600 students the opportunity to perform at the historic State Theatre. Additionally, Spotlight Education partners with community organizations and elementary schools to create inclusive and sustainable arts experiences.