10.04.2010

Why Teach Theatre in our Schools?

Theatre is a SCIENCE.
Theatre is MATHEMATICAL.
Theatre is a FOREIGN LANGUAGE.
Theatre is HISTORY.
Theatre is PHYSICAL EDUCATION.
Theatre is LANGUAGE ARTS.
Theatre is TECHNOLOGY.
Theatre is ECONOMICS.

Theatre is taught in schools
Not because you are expected to major in theatre,
Not because you are expected to perform all through life,
Not so you can relax,
Not so you can have fun,
But
So you will recognize BEAUTY,
So you will be SENSITIVE,
So you will be closer to an INFINITE BEYOND THIS WORLD,
So you will have more LOVE,
More COMPASSION,
More GENTLENESS,
More GOOD,
In short,
More LIFE.

Of what value will it be to make a prosperous living
Unless you know how to live?

That is why theatre is taught in our schools.

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This was the poem included in my Pre-professional Educational Theatre Association membership card/welcome letter/other information packet that I got in the mail today.

I don't think I've been more excited to open anything else in my life:



Theatre is what I love.
Theatre is what I've done.
And teaching Theatre is what I'm choosing to do
for lifeJ

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