Explore NTC’s Past 40 Years with Our Interactive Timeline


In honor of NTC’s 40th Anniversary, we’ve created an interactive timeline that looks back at our origins in 1978 – and how we’ve evolved to keep up with the times.

Explore Our Journey

The Content

As NTC enters its 40th year of bringing financial literacy education to K-12 schools throughout the United States, Australia and New Zealand, we’re taking a trip down memory lane with our interactive Prezi timeline. Stretching from our beginnings in 1978 all the way through the present day and beyond, this interactive timeline retraces our history and looks ahead to the next 40 years.

Explore our journey to learn about:

  • How NTC got its start as Small Change Original Theatre in 1978
  • The artists and educators that helped NTC get off the ground
  • The financial organizations that we’ve worked with throughout the years to provide young students with important life skills
  • The evolution of our educational offerings, from handcrafted student workbooks to interactive digital games and e-books to our very own television series

Our Approach

NTC set out in 1978 to educate and entertain by using live in-school theatre to teach students about valuable real-world skills, including financial literacy. A lot has changed since the days of Jimmy Carter, Space Invaders and the first mobile phones, but our mission has stayed the same: to connect organizations to K-12 students, families and communities in inspiring ways.

In honor of our 40th Anniversary, we wanted to offer an entertaining look at the path we’ve taken over the last four decades – and provide a glimpse toward the future. We consider our interactive Prezi timeline to be a thank-you to the artists, educators, clients and partners that have made it all possible – not to mention the students that we’ve had the honor of inspiring each and every year.

Key Takeaways

It’s been a long, eventful path from 1978 to today, and NTC is thankful for the memories and experiences we’ve shared. From our humble beginnings in a Minneapolis apartment to a vast catalogue of unique shows with titles like Showdown at Cash Canyon, this look at our history has made us realize how far we’ve come – and makes us eager to see what the future has in store.

To take the journey with us, explore our interactive Prezi timeline here.