Why should Theatre be a part of every student's education?
Theatre is an extremely valuable outlet for middle school students. Middle school is a major transitional phase for children. Students are entering their pre-teen and teen years and insecurities may be setting in.
Students may struggle with body image and self-esteem, and trying to fit in and “be cool.” A student often transform from being a bold and free youthful kid to an anxious, hindered, and self-conscious child. Let’s face it: middle school can be mean.
Middle school is when children are more vulnerable than almost any other age. Theatre provides a safe environment where kids can go and not feel judged. They have the opportunity to explore their emotions and play other characters. The support of peers, who have the same interests as them, as well as the encouragement from the director, will have a major impact on whether or not their transition during this time is a positive or negative experience.
Theatre is a vital and necessary component to a well rounded education. Theatre class is a small-scale version for 21st century skills and teaches students to think in a new way. It is one of the few classes that teaches students real world skills.
Trying new approaches to get things done equals innovation and invention
Looking at problems in a new way, linking learning across subjects and disciplines
Working together to reach a goal = putting talent, expertise and smarts to work
Sharing thoughts, questions, ideas, feelings and solutions