THE IUCU EDUCATION INITIATIVE
Cardinal Stage focuses on nurturing a lifelong passion for the theatre in audiences of all ages, cultures, and economic backgrounds by investing in audiences of tomorrow and increasing access to underserved populations. In partnership with IU Credit Union, Cardinal Stage developed the Education Initiative in support of those goals.
The IUCU Education Initiative includes four elements:
- Cardinal for Schools. This program significantly reduces the cost of admission so that school children can attend special weekday matinee performances. Cardinal Stage fundraises the difference between what schools can afford and the cost of producing the show. In addition, Cardinal Stage creates educational materials to accompany performances, specifically designed to meet curricular standards for the age group.
- Community Access Tickets (CATs). Cardinal Stage works with social service organizations and Title I schools to provide free tickets to children and families who cannot otherwise attend a production. Cardinal Stage provides tickets to approximately 250+ kids and family members to see a show each season absolutely free of charge.
- Masterclasses. Cardinal Stage offers courses in scene study, improv, fight choreography, speech, directing, and more to children and adults through the Bloomington Academy of Film and Theatre.
- School Tour. Cardinal Stage is constantly looking to make productions more accessible to students in surrounding counties across the region. In October 2015, Cardinal Stage took an originally commissioned S.T.E.M. focused play for grade-schoolers to dozens of schools in counties in the region, providing over 10,000+ schoolchildren in rural areas the opportunity to experience live theatre. The play, Peabody: The Science Fair Affair, was written by multi-award-winning playwright Glen Berger, and made possible by generous gifts from Duke Energy, Smithville Fiber, IU Credit Union, and GoldCasters.
These outreach efforts could not be possible without the partnership and support of generous organizations and individuals who share Cardinal Stage’s vision for a professional regional theatre as part of a stronger Bloomington community.