Strategic Partnerships

Epic Theatre Ensemble

Our support of Epic Theatre Ensemble, an in-school, school-wide educational arts integration model that builds language and literacy skills to improve students’ academic performance, led to strategic partnerships with six small schools all sharing a campus at Evander Childs School complex. The Epic model successfully accomplishes an integration of arts into academia by connecting professional artists to students attending underserved New York City schools and provides supplemental programs to additional schools. Students write and perform theater productions that incorporate academic lessons, and those interested in participating in after-school theater programming can become a part of the Shakespeare Remix or Epic NEXT programs, which provide more intensive arts-plus-education interventions.

Heckscher is absolutely critical to our work. They passionately fund their values; they are efficient and thoughtful about measuring and increasing impact; and they are flexible, communicative, and responsive to program needs and ambitions. Working with them over the last few years has led to a massive shift in our impact on college attendance and persistence, the former now approaching 100% in many programs they fund.
Ron Russell, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Epic Theatre Ensemble
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