Welcome from Dennis Canty, METG Executive Director

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the entire Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild (METG or “the Guild”), we’d like to extend a warm welcome. For 89 years the METG has been at the center of educational theater in the Commonwealth, celebrating excellence in the theatrical arts, supporting teachers and students, and believing that theater has a unique power to enrich and transform young people’s lives.

Each year, we offer a number of festivals, contests, and other programs to our members. These programs are described in depth on the website and cut across four key divisions: our high school division, middle school division, musical theater division, and our educational programs division. We support students through the promotion of festivals, contests, and workshops. Teachers are supported through professional development, networking opportunities, master classes, and other workshops. We continue to work to strengthen the quality of our existing programs and diversify our program offerings.

Whether you are a teacher or a student, know this: we know how hard you work. We’ve been there. The METG is an organization that not only supports programs for teachers and students, but also can and will listen, can offer you resources and guidance, can mentor you, can help you write lesson plans or choose plays. We’re here for you and the collective artistic community. We look forward to meeting you, working with you, and seeing you at our programs soon.

In the meantime, please take a moment to read our mission statement and perspective below. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out and contact me at dcanty@metg.org.

Mission Statement

The Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild (METG) provides opportunities for students and teachers to create, share and respond to theatrical experiences. We believe that participation in the arts fosters creative thinking, personal confidence and an appreciation of diverse ideas and cultures. These valuable interpersonal skills empower students to become the next generation of artists, audiences, and patrons.

METG Perspective

For almost a century, the METG has been a leader in arts education:

Educational Collaboration: We work with teachers and artists in schools to strengthen their drama based activities and improve theatrical production values.

Leadership: We train young theater artists to become positive, empathetic leaders and to embrace the diversity of thought in their communities.

Advocacy: We work to close the arts programming gap in underserved communities by underscoring the importance of strong school arts curricula and increased public funding for education.

Inspiration: We challenge students, teachers, and artists to fully realize their talent and potential.

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