Sharing the magic of the Tennessee!

Through our Education and Outreach programs, we share the beauty, history, and magic of this beloved historic theatre and the various art forms found within its walls and on its stage.

We believe in the power of the arts. We believe in its ability to spark wonder and creativity, to open doors into new worlds, cultures and ideas, to create a sense of hope and self-worth, and to transform individuals in an everlasting way. We strive to create opportunities for students and underserved communities to experience the magic of the arts. The Tennessee Theatre is a work of art itself - a visit to this historic venue is a showcase of master craftsmanship, creativity, and architectural marvel.


Our Education and Outreach opportunities include:

  • Dr. Broadway

    • These sessions are held for each of our Broadway shows for attendees of all ages. Sessions include in-depth conversations about each show- how they came to be, the process of making a Broadway show, and more, led by Kristin Stultz Pressley, aka Dr. Broadway. 

  • Youth Arts Alliance 

    • This program is funded by grants and donations and provides tickets to area school-aged children to attend performances, underwrites the cost of hands-on learning through workshops and classes, and underwrites the cost of events for children such as Kids Movie Day. Teachers and group leaders may request tickets for the children they serve.

  • Educational Tours

    • Tours are tailored for the group based on age, classroom learning, and areas of interest. Tour availability is limited and dependent upon Theatre and staff schedules. 

    • Students can now take a look inside the Tennessee Theatre from anywhere through our virtual tour. (Now available in Spanish.)

  • Master Classes & Workshops

    • We offer hands-on learning experieneces with Broadway professionals from the touring shows performing at the Tennessee. Master classes may include dance, vocal, audition, makeup, percussion, and more. Upcoming events will be listed when available.

  • Educator Resources

    • Educator's Night - We want to empower and inspire the educators who are leading the youth, audiences, and artists of tomorrow with special presentations, workshops, and talks. Educator's Nights provide an opporuntity to learn from arts professionals, performers, and others working in arts education. These are available for select shows, and will be announced to our Educator Newsletter list and on social media.
    • Study Guides - We have a variety of both show-specific and general study guides that incorporate Tennessee Academic Standards. You'll find study guides for both pre- and post-show show activities and discussions, for a variety of ages.
    • Educator Newsletter - If you are an educator, parent, or organization serving teachers and students and are interested in receiving our monthly Education Newsletter, please sign up here.
  • Summer Camp

    • For the past four summers, camps have been offered in partnership with local theatre teacher, Amanda Taylor. While this program is not free to participants, scholarships may be available. Summer Camp information for 2024 will be announced in the Spring of 2024.
  • The Marquee Awards

    • In its first year, the Marquee Awards are dedicated to supporting the talents, education, and opportunities of high school theatre students in East Tennessee to build a strong and inclusive theatre community through an awards program for area schools. A panel of adjudicators will attend high school musical performances throughout the 2023-24 academic year, culminating in an Awards Ceremony held at the Theatre on May 11, 2024. Students, schools, and educators will be recognized in various categories, with performances from nominees. To learn more or to register your school, please click the link above.