PTC believes in the importance of educational programs that support its artistic mission to produce, develop, and present imaginative and entertaining contemporary theater focused on the American experience. Launched in 2004, PTC’s award-winning educational program, Drama Contact, was created in response to the substantial cuts made to public schools’ arts programming over the past decade. Now, the need for arts enrichment programs like ours has become more crucial than ever. Drama Contact was designed to meet the School District of Philadelphia’s call to bring curriculum-based arts enrichment programs to its students. The program, which received the 2008 Barrymore Award for Excellence in Theatre Education and Community Service, introduces students to contemporary American theater through a menu of in-school and at-the-theater workshops, residencies, student matinees, weekend and summer programs, and a unique multi-school student performance program entitled Philly Reality.