This month, the Educational Theatre Association, American Alliance for Theatre & Education, and the International Thespian Society have joined forces to sponsor the campaign 'Theatre in Our Schools.' This is a “campaign designed to raise public awareness of the impact of theatre education and draw attention to the need for more access to quality programs for all students” (https://www.schooltheatre.org/programs/tios).
Many claim that there is no longer a purpose for live theatre in our society and our schools and universities should focus on sciences, math, and history. However, cutting theatre programs actually hurts students. In addition to theatre being a way for students to express themselves, participation in theatre strengthens language and communication skills. It is always interesting to see how people react when a student is not good at theatre versus a student who is not good at math. The student who is not good at math is told that they need to work at it, because they will need those math skills later in life. The student who is not good at theatre is told that it is okay that they are not good at theatre and that it is not important for them to be good. However, it has been shown that theatre teaches many important life skills that transfer to many different careers and life paths.
But don't just trust our word! The 2017 campaign spokesperson Kevin Kline says it best!
We are very excited to celebrate Theatre in Our Schools month in March as part of this campaign. We have seen so many theatre teachers go above and beyond their required duties in order to provide a quality experience and education for their students time and again.
March is also Music in Our Schools month. Training in both theatre and music only helps to develop well-rounded, creative individuals who are kind and self-confident leaders. We hope you will join us in recognizing and honoring all the hard-working teachers who provide performing arts education for our youth!
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For more information about the campaign, and additional facts about theatre education, visit www.schooltheatre.org/programs/tios.