. . . drama is about learning how to better express yourself too. And, that doesn't always mean on the stage. The skills you learn will carry value throughout your life. Drama helps you . . .
1. Build Self-Confidence
Whether you're shy or gregarious, being in front of people on a stage is a rush. It's a rush that can't be matched and each time it is different and thrilling. That excitement comes from the unknown of what might happen, what people will think of you, what you'll lead them to believe in your next scene. The ability to guide an audience through a plot while on stage is the ultimate confidence booster.
2. Think On Your Feet
It's said that in Silicon Valley, your strength in improvisation is equated to your strength in leadership. In other words, being able to roll with the punches and react appropriately to any situation regardless of your preparation is the ULTIMATE skill. If you're good in situations under pressure, you can lead others who aren't as comfortable.
3. Learn Teamwork
Usually, a one man show isn't that entertaining! Drama is about working with others, relying on them to prompt you, learning the cues with them, preparing for the best and the worst. This same preparation carries over into all walks of life.
4. Obtain Presentation Skills
You lose the audience's attention if you don't speak CLEARLY and LOUDLY in an engaging style. Whether you're on stage, in front of your class or maybe even eventually a board room . . . your experience on stage will carry over to make you a better presenter.
5. Acquire Listening Skills
Ninety percent of acting is "REACTING"-- and that's so true in life too. Learning to listen to others and react in an appropriate matter shows the utmost maturity and appreciation for their time. While acting, you have to hear cues, make sure that others' lines are actually said, respond to the audience . . . if you don't, it's not natural, authentic or believable. After a week of acting, you'll be listening in a whole new way!
MORE ON THE BENEFITS OF DRAMA
The American Alliance for Theatre Education has some very interesting facts about the effects of theater education on children.
DID YOU KNOW ...
We all know how important reading is, especially for younger children, and the AATE's research supports the benefits of drama on reading comprehension: