What value do theater skills have in the “real” world?
There are many skills that a student learns in theatre that translates to the “real” world. Theatre encourages confidence and effective communication by working with others in a creative environment. Students also learn about time management. Memorizing lines or building props are just two examples that students manage before performing a production, and it is up to the students to complete these tasks. Students can learn certain practical skills such as working with tools to build a set. Students can also learn about marketing and managerial aspects involved in production.
Performance definitely can bring someone out of their shell. Receiving a role, onstage or backstage, can empower an individual. They learn how to be responsible and to work hard because it is not only working for yourself, but for the ensemble as a whole. By creating a safe environment for students and introducing acting skills effectively, every student has the potential to thrive. If they find themselves more inclined to work behind the scenes, backstage roles such as stage manager or prop manager, can foster leadership and organizational skills.
Here is a quote from a student who was asked this question in class: “It can give you more experience in speaking in front of people, and letting you know you can be noticed.”
Here is a quote from a student who was asked this question:
“If you do theater and you’re in front of people, so if you have to make a speech for your job you won’t really be scared to talk in front of people anymore.”