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Last edited at 7:42AM on 10/26/2013
Gee, where to begin...team work and collaboration, empathy, confidence, communication skills, tolerance of a variety of viewpoints, conflict resolution, creativity, perception, insight into human behavior, memory and cognition skills, abstract thinking, public speaking and voice control, literacy, awareness and mastery of different dialects, inevitable exposure to Shakespeare and many of the other greatest writers in the English language, likely exposure to Moliere, Chekhov, and many of the greatest writers in other languages, and physical awareness and gross motor skills, to name a few benefits. Drama education provides young people with situations where they have to explore their personalities, which leads them to discover facets of their personalities of which they were unaware. In the process, they become wiser and more interesting people, as opposed to the walking stereotypes who see multifaceted-ness as "fake" and inhabit one 2D personality in the name of "keepin' it real." It's no wonder that child actors are so often lightyears ahead of their peers in terms of their maturity and social awareness. But an answer similar in length to this one could be given to questions regarding education in all the arts (don't even get me started on music;)
Lets get an answer from a socially unaccepted youth that would do anything for a script, a costume and a stage. I have always been fascinated with taking on a new person and making that person who I am. For as long as I could remember I loved dressing up an pretending to be a cowgirl or a dinosaur. It was always easier to be someone other than myself, because I never thought of myself and still don't, as anything worth hearing or seeing about. But all of my hero's, that I watch in movies and tv. Everyone looks at them with respect, like superman. Even the villains are loved for being who they are. Whereas I have always felt ignored. And I never feel like I can speak to anyone. Because I never have a reason to. I don't know too many people other than my grandmother and my sisters (aunts). I am a bit awkward and others avoid people like me. Because I don't talk, they don't know how to interact with me. But that's completely different when I'm in character. When I'm someone else, I know exactly who my character loves or hates or distrusts or runs to for help. I know exactly what to say to a certain other character and how to feel or sound like when I'm saying it. I love it because of how it makes me feel. It makes me feel like I finally have some extent of power of something, over myself, who isn't myself at all, it's my character. I feel recognized for doing what I love. I also love to see people's reactions to what I do. Making them laugh, making the cry, making them fall in love, though they don't know why. That is where I see the humanity of others, when I, myself can make them love.