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Explaining TAP, or “What Do You Do Exactly?”

by Brian C. Fahey, TAP in the Classroom Program Director

The holidays are upon us. This week I will be traveling back to Boston to celebrate an early holiday with my family. For me that means being reunited with upwards of fifty relatives at my parents annual Christmas party, which they’ve been hosting for more than thirty-five years. Whenever I see my relatives they ask me about Austin and about my work at Theatre Action Project as they try to understand what exactly I do. It’s always a good exercise in explaining the complexities and expansive work of Theatre Action Project in a concise way.

This is what I tell them:

Theatre Action Project is the largest provider of arts education programs in Central Texas.

We work with K-12 students during the school day through our interactive performances, after school in arts classes, in the community with events like pageants, parades and fundraisers, and with young adults in our youth theatre ensembles where the participants create original theatre.

Theatre Action Project uses the creative arts to activate the academic, social and emotional development of young people.

We believe that art is the perfect medium to discuss issues like conflict resolution, bullying, and leadership.

It usually takes a bit of back and forth but eventually they understand. They usually assume that we teach young people to be actors or how to put on plays, which can certainly be an aspect of our work, but above all we teach them how to be creative artists, courageous allies, critical thinkers and confident leaders in their community.

I’m proud of the work we do at TAP and the holidays are my opportunity to brag about us a little.

My wish this holiday season is for you to brag on us a little too.
Happy Holidays!

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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