Theatre and Arts Education has been a part of the Guild since the late 1970’s. Education was always involved since being a part of any production, either onstage, offstage, or in the audience is educational and teaches us everything from new skills to new insights about ourselves and our community and culture. Theatre Education is important because it teaches vital skills such as creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking.
And Theatre Education for children should be vitally important to our community.
Did you know:
- Students involved in drama performance coursework or experience outscored non-arts students on the SAT by an average of 65 points in the verbal component and 34 points in the math component
- Drama activities improve reading comprehension, and both verbal and non-verbal communication skills
- Drama helps to improve school attendance and reduce high school dropout rates
- A Harris Poll revealed that 93% of the public believes that arts, including theatre, are vital to a well-rounded education
- Drama can improve skills and academic performance in children and youth with learning disabilities
Source – American Alliance for Theatre & Education.
The Theatre Guild’s main education program is BOOKS ALIVE!.
PLAY REVIEW SOCIETY
The Play Review Society is another education program for the Guild. Meeting once a week, the Society does a table read of plays, both newer titles and older ones. This allows performers to read and hear unfamiliar works as well as new-comers to “try the waters” of reading plays and meeting other performers.