Hi, my name is Ariel Russell and I go to Duke Ellington as a member of the theatre department. As you probably know, Duke is an arts school. But what most people don't know is that the school does not fund the arts portion of the school. So it is up to us, the students, to make enough money each year to fund our arts education. That is what March for the arts is for! Whatever is donated will go towards teachers, supplies, performances, and unique opportunities for the students to grow in their craft! Every penny counts! Thank you!
In the Theatre Department, students aren't just taught how to act. They are taught how to create the stories they want to see. They are given the tools to shape the world around them with their art. Ellington relies on the generosity of parents and donors to ensure that our students receive the highest level of pre-professional training and performance opportunities. Donations enable them to create sets, craft costumes, power technical capabilities, hire additional instructors, and fund classes with Master Acting Teachers like the renowned Professor Vera Katz.