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Big Break Foundation is proud to announce a program in partnership with the Themed Entertainment Association that will help break down economic barriers for emerging professionals.


Through our program, several participants will be granted access and financial support to attend TEA INSPIRE and the 2023 Thea Awards. In addition to attending the event, separate programming leading up to, during, and after the event will transpire to support the attendees in their professional development. 


We encourage any applicants facing barriers of any kind and who align with our values of promoting Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility within the industry and community to apply. 


What is TEA INSPIRE? To learn more, visit


Any person - no matter their gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status or disability - is welcome to apply 

Applicants must be fully available to attend TEA INSPIRE and the Thea Awards taking place at the Disneyland Resort from Thursday, April 13th - Saturday, April 15th (Please note a travel and accommodation stipend of $500 will be provided) - please see the full schedule of events here


 Selection Criteria:

  • Preference is given to applicants from an underrepresented group, as defined by Big Break Foundation.

  • Preference will be given to first-time attendees 

  • Preference will be given to those who are active in their pursuit of entering or continuing their career in Location-Base Entertainment. 

 Scholarship Support:

  • Support for up to six (6) scholarship recipients including the following for each recipient

    • 1 complimentary registration for INSPIRE 2023

    • 1 complimentary ticket for the 29th Annual Thea Awards Gala

    • Programming leading up to, during, and after the events

    • $500 stipend to cover recipient expenses associated with attending INSPIRE and the Thea Awards Gala

Important Dates:

Submission Deadline: 11:59 pm PT, Friday, March 24th, 2023 

Award Notification by: Week of March 27th, 2023   

We strive to make our opportunities and experiences accessible to all, for questions, to request accommodations, or advice to make our application process more accessible, please contact Patrick Kling


If you or your business would like to support or sponsor this program please contact Patrick Kling.


INSPIRE Program Application

Thanks for applying to our Ignite program, we will be in touch.

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