A Message from NTSA Board Member Kate Quarfordt
Simple! NTSA is the only organization in the nation that actually pays student actors, designers, playwrights, and directors from across the country to experience what it's like to be a working creative professional in New York City. Paying kids for their artistic contribution (through a stipend or their flight and lodging) means that this singular professional experience becomes accessible to a much broader array of kids: It is based solely on participants' creative merit and not on their families' income level. Equally as important, it creates an indelible stamp on students' early experience as developing artists that -- as our proud alumni will attest -- profoundly affects their drive, confidence, and work ethic as they mature in their desired careers.
It takes a lot of guts to decide that you want to make art for a living, and then commit to developing the skills and practical experience you need to make your dream come true. NTSA offers students an opportunity to hone those skills and earn that experience. AND, by giving participants what for most is their first paycheck as a professional artist, NTSA also provides an intangible but mission-critical boost that tells young creatives: "Your dream is not crazy. This life is possible, and it's yours to live."
We are inviting YOU to become part of nationwide movement to create the next generation of American theater. Donate to NTSA's Kickstarter campaign and help us raise the $10,000 that our students need to bring the world premiere of Expedition to New York City this summer. You have the ability to give students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see their creative vision realized onstage. Thank you so much for believing in the future of the American theater!