The Benefits of Theatre Education

by Sondra Morton, Theater Arts Director
Act Too Players of Franklin, TN
Reprinted with permission

A Theatre Education is Vital for Well Rounded Youth Development

  • 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 world addicted to technology, theatre 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 theatre raise appreciation for the art form. It is important to raise a generation that understands, values, and supports theatre’s place in society.