The Benefits of Theater Education 

Self-Confidence:

Taking risks in class and performing for an audience teach students to trust their ideas and abilities. This confidence will apply in nearly every aspect of their future.  

Imagination:

In a word addicted to technology, theater provides an outlet for making creative choices, thinking new ideas, and interpreting the material in expressive ways that are the essence of drama. 

Empathy & Tolerance:

Acting roles from different situations, time periods, and cultures promotes compassion and tolerance for others. 

Cooperation/Collaboration:

Theatre combines the creative ideas and abilities from its participants. 

Concentration:

Playing, practicing, and performing develop a sustained focus of mind, body, and voice which helps with other areas of life including school.  

Communication Skills: 

Drama enhances verbal and nonverbal expression of ideas. It improves voice projection, articulation, fluency of language, and persuasive speech.  

Problem-Solving:

Students learn to communicate the who, what, where, when, and why to the audience. Improvisation fosters quick-thinking solutions, which leads to greater adaptability in life.  

Fun: 

Theatre brings play, humor, and laughter to learning; this improves motivation and reduces stress.  

Trust:

The social interaction and risk taking in drama develop trust in self, others, and the process. 
Memory: 

Rehearsing and performing the words, movements, and cues strengthen this skill like a muscle. 

Social Awareness:

Legends, myths, poems, stories, and plays used in drama teach students about social issues and conflicts from cultures past, present, all over the world.  

Aesthetic Appreciation:

Participating in and viewing theater raise appreciation for the art form. It is important to raise a generation that understands, values, and supports theater’s place in society.

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