Recently I asked my current theatre students why they chose theatre for their Fine Arts elective:
“Theatre is flipping amazing!”
“There is never a dull moment in class–everyday is different”
Below, find a couple more reasons why theatre was a good fit for them.
Reason #1: We use theatre skills all the time
Teachers always hope their material is relevant: will my students use this in real life? Will it apply past the test, project or performance? Students also assess material, sorting it into two categories: life or school. Theatre skills can often be put in both. Navigating tricky interpersonal relationships can be a daily ordeal. Harnessing theatre skills to assist with job and scholarship interviews can help seal the deal. What the business world might call these soft skills, we call these essential people skills to hone and make our own.
“Another reason is that most of the things we learn in class are actually useful in life.”
“…you learn valuable communication skills that can be applied into other aspects of life, such as interviews…”
“…it helps you communicate with people and prepares you [for] jobs interviews…”
“Theater made me less shy and helped me get an A on my mock interviews.”
“…you also develop a lot of social skills that you can use outside of class, which prove to be really helpful.”
Reason #2 : We learn to play well with others
We get to collaborate with every single person in class. By the end of the first month, we know everyone’s names, because you can’t work with someone if you are still calling them, “Hey, you!” in April. When I am not being lazy, we change up our seats once a week so we get to work with different partners.
Really, not knowing the names of everyone in your class is a crime. Of course, we don’t have to like everyone, but we do have to work with everyone. Like family—we don’t have to adore Uncle Jack, but we do have to be exceedingly polite to him while seated at the Thanksgiving dinner table.
“…you get to know everyone in your class [and] at the end of the year we end up all being best friends!”
“…everyone in class is your friend and they all know your name.”
Talk to us!
How has theatre helped you in real life? Tell us one way you have used an essential theatre skill in another class or real life situation.