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 theater.
The program supplements and enhances arts curriculum through production assessments, masterclasses and community conversations, theater review writing, increasing equitable access to quality theater education. Spotlight Showcase, our annual awards and recognition event, is Minnesota’s largest celebration of high school theater and provides 1,600 students the opportunity to perform at the historic State Theatre. Each year, Spotlight Education selects top performers and escorts them to New York City to participate in: Triple Threat Broadway Experience fueled by Sun Country Airlines, National High School Musical Theatre Awards (The Jimmy® Awards) made possible by United Properties, and Technical Theatre Career Pathway award.
Spotlight Education Teaching Artists in Residence
The Teaching Artists in Residence is a cohort of Minnesota-based artists who engage in a year-long residency with Spotlight Education. This group is made up of theater artists with a strong interest in developing their capacities as educators. Teaching Artists receive an annual stipend as well as pedagogical training from industry leaders, access to company-wide professional development programming and the opportunity to deeply engage with Spotlight programming on every level.
We are currently seeking applicants for the 2022-2023 cohort.