Given all that our world has experienced in the past several years, it is safe to say that we all find hope from different places. It’s essential to our very existence and carries us through the times most difficult and hard to explain. Personally, I have found my students to be the strongest source of hope over recent years. Watching them respond to and continue to deal with the effects of a global pandemic continue to amaze and inspire me to get up each day and go to work. As we have inched our way closer to a normal we once knew, I can’t help but feel the hope for a brighter tomorrow rises with each passing day. Hope Rising was not written for any specific person or group, but is meant to allow performers and audiences to reflect on anything that gives them hope.