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Variety: The Spice of Life at TAP

by Chelsea Gilman, Business and Development Associate

One of the great things about working at Theatre Action Project is the variety of things I get to do. In addition to the standard tasks involved with development and general business workings in the office, I also get to see our programs in action. For example:

I’ve marched with students and their families in parades, read stories for puppet shows, helped children make arts and crafts projects, played games at community events watched children participate in our school programming, and more.

It’s fun to be part of the organization in so many ways, implementing new systems on the back end and seeing the results. For example, this year, I implemented an online camp registration form for parents to sign up for camp, instead of having to print out the form and mail it in.And over the summer (just like last summer), I plan to attend some of the end-of-week presentations to see all the fun our campers and teachers have had putting together a final performance.

Each time I visit a TAP program in a school, I am reminded how powerful our programs are and how engaged the kids are during them. They remember the key facts and lessons from the day before and are eager to see what happens next in the story.

I feel lucky to get the chance to experience both sides of TAP, from getting projects off the ground to seeing them fully implemented. It’s also fun to have an office with so much glitter!

About creativeactionaustin

We are based in Austin, Texas and reach more than 16,000 young people every year through our unique blend of theatre and education programs.Our programs expose young people to critical social problems and offer opportunities for them to creatively think about how they can be a part of solutions to these problems. Creative Action is a unique blend of art and education – for us, the two are intertwined. We believe that using the arts as a teaching method provides a fun, engaging and inspiring way to learn – it incorporates the whole mind and body.

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