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Reba R. Robertson Award

Award to a USA Public High School Theater Teacher for
Outstanding Service in the Field of Theater Education

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Children's Theatre Foundation of America (CTFA)

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Award of $5,000 to a USA high school theater or drama teacher, and an award of $1,000 to the recipient's school, for exceptional contributions to the field of theater education and a commitment to equity and diversity. Eligible candidates are current public high school teachers with at least five to eight years of service remaining. The award can be used as the recipient chooses for the purpose of expanding professional interests (for example, study with a master mentor, travel, research, develop learning tools).

A candidate must demonstrate:

  • Strong, ongoing commitment to dismantling racism as demonstrated by a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, and the involvement of communities that have been historically disadvantaged and socially, politically, and economically excluded. 
  • Dedication to guiding high school students through curricular, co-curricular, and/or extracurricular programming in the theater arts
  • Exceptional mentoring qualities
  • Broad influence on school, community, state, region and beyond, as exhibited by the award’s namesake, Reba. R. Robinson
  • Artistic achievement, innovation and artistic excellence
  • Use of the award to gain new experiences and grow as a theater educator and expand knowledge of equitable practices in high school theater.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186597

Estimated Size of Grant:

- $5000 to the honoree
- $1,000 to the honoree’s school to enhance the high school theatre/drama program
- Two distinctive trophies, one for the honoree and one for the honoree’s school
- Transportation expenses up to $400 for the recipient to travel to the CTFA Medallion Awards Event

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

A candidate must be a current public high school teacher with at least 5-8 years of service remaining.

Pre-Application Information:

All nominations must be submitted via e-mail and received no later than November 1, 2019.

Once a nomination has been received, the Robertson committee will contact the nominee with information about the required application materials. Full application materials will be due February 15, 2020.

The 2020 Reba R. Robertson Award will be presented in late July 2020 as part of the annual conference of the American Alliance for Theater and Education (AATE), in Phoenix, AZ.

CTFA’s statement on equity, diversity and inclusion:

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email nominations to

Suzan Zeder, President
10 Estrella de la Manana
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming