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.
Meet our 2021-2022 teaching artist cohort
The Spotlight Education teaching artist in residence program is a cohort of Minnesota-based artists who engage in a year-long residency with Spotlight Education. This group consists of local teaching artists with strong educational theater backgrounds, special certifications and other skills necessary to further the development of high school theatre communities across the state of Minnesota.