12 reasons to be involved in Theatre
Improve your vocabulary whilst building self-confidence, imagination and empathy, and increase concentration, cooperation and communication skills!
I can’t think of a profession that would not benefit from a person with some experience in performing arts!
There is now an abundance of established research about the hugely positive influences that involvement in Musical Theatre has on everyone especially children and young people.
Theatre involvement improves confidence, particularly when dealing with unfamiliar situations and interacting with the different types of relationships that modern day living demands.
Involvement in theatre helps to learn to trust ideas and abilities. It doesn’t matter if the involvement is lighting and sound plots, creating a set or performing on stage.
Even the most shy build up their self esteem until before long they are confident within themselves and interacting with others. This confidence most definitely spins off into other areas of life.
I have personally witnessed an improvement in student grades across all subject areas as a result of a successful drama experience.
Collaboration, Organisation and Negotiation:
Theatre is a collaboration of many different roles both on and off stage and in many cases the quality of any performance relies on every person involved.
Combining the creative ideas and the abilities of all participants is required for the best outcomes. This requires all those taking part to engage in discussions, feedback, rehearsing, organising time frames, negotiating budgets and collaborating to contribute to a common vision of a successful
Concentration and Memory:
Playing, practicing, and performing will develop the ability and skills to be able to focus the mind, the body, and the voice. Everyone is required to listen to each other's ideas and thoughts, and to take turns. Concentration is vital for development.
Rehearsing and performing lines and movements will improve memory. Your memory requires exercise, just like a muscle.
By its very nature drama has the ability to create strong relationships as participants laugh, learn and grow together! Learn valuable skills that improves people-skills by having to work closely with others and often under pressure.
So much is learned by simply experiencing conflict within a script and when interacting with the cast and crew during difficult parts of the evolution of a show. Characters that portray negative emotions develop real life skills in how to/not to behave as they experience the consequences within a script. Again a safe place to learn and experience.
Work ethic and Positive Relationships:
They learn to develop skills to work with other personality types. They learn to work under pressure and learn about commitment while skills in positive conflict resolution are learned.
Close family-type bonds are developed during a theatre production because it cannot be successful unless every person involved supports each other.
Language and Communication Skills:
Performing Arts experiences will improve vocal projection, articulation, tone of speech and expression. They will also help develop listening and observation skills.
Learn to be more observant of others, read body language and understanding tension, moods and feelings of other people.
Learn to how to perform appropriately for important situations such as job interviews, the workplace, situations of potential conflict, negotiation and learn to appreciate the importance of affirmation and authentic dialogue.
Theatre provides a vast array of opportunities to improve both verbal and non-verbal communication. We all want to be better and more effective communicators!
Fostering creativity is the key to new ideas. Creative, imaginative thinkers are able to view things in new ways and from different perspectives, to think on their feet and generate new ideas. It inspires inventions that could open doors to the future. Performing Arts opens doors to these avenues.
Performing provides opportunities to experience and express a range of emotions and reactions and helps to understand and deal with similar ‘real life’ feelings they may be experiencing.
The ‘work’ of understanding roles and situations and the complex way we humans interact and react to the world provides opportunities to develop understanding, compassion and tolerance for others - all in an emotionally safe situation that rehearses them for real life!
Drama brings elements of humour, laughter and a sense of belonging to those taking part – improves motivation and reduces stress. This platform for social engagement improves well-being.
Assists Physical Development and Fitness:
Performing, even the most passive performances, requires intensive movement over a prolonged period. Many performing arts exercises improve flexibility, coordination, balance, and control.
Appreciation for Arts and Culture!:
…because it will bring joy into your life.