The Benefits of Studying Theater by Paul Stancato

February 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Image: Drama Masks Mosaic on floor of J.W. Sexton High School

Attribution: Reid Sprite


As a longtime director of a variety of theater productions, including Disney’s The Lion King, I feel strongly about the value of drama education in school. Studying public performance can provide many benefits, a few of which appear below.

1.  Creativity. Learning how to step into the shoes of a character takes thoughtfulness and the use of innovative techniques. Becoming creative can be helpful in other areas of life as well.
2.  Public Speaking. Perhaps a student feels inhibited about giving a talk in front of a crowd. After performing in front of an audience several times, this becomes less of a concern.
3.  Dedication. Participating in a play, regardless of whether one acts or helps out behind the scenes, takes a great deal of time and effort. Seeing a production come to fruition shows the benefits of hard work.
4.  Commitment. Actors must commit to learning their lines. Students who agree to participate in a theater production must come through or else they risk letting down their fellow thespians.
5.  Self-confidence. The applause that an audience gives at the end of a performance boosts most people’s self-image. Participating in a play also provides a sense of accomplishment from putting the production together and performing in public.
6.  Career exposure. Young people who are trying to figure out which profession to pursue may decide they enjoy the performing arts. Learning lines, building sets, playing music, and coordinating a team teach various skills for the professional theater business.

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