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The Positive Impact of Theatre Education on Kids

The Positive Impact of Theatre Education on Kids Camp YATC
There are plenty of studies that show that the arts are an important part of boosting performance in all areas of life, including academics, yet these are the first programs that are cut from most schools. Unfortunately, all the benefits seem to get swept under the rug and forgotten, especially with all of the technological advances we have experienced.

Although we continue to embrace new technologies, holding on to the arts in all its forms, is vital in creating well rounded, confident and creative people. Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge”, which, when you think about it, is more true than ever before. To see how true it is, all you have to do is go onto the internet or download a new app to help you make something in your life easier. None of it would have been possible without imagination and creativity.

Theatre training has so many benefits, especially for kids who are still trying to find a place in the world and figure out who they are and what gifts they have to share. Not convinced? Here are 7 ways that theatre is beneficial for kids.

 

1.   Sparks Imagination – Creating new ideas, updating old ideas and interpreting them into something new takes creative energy and imagination.

2.   Builds Focus – Reading scripts and plays and practicing and performing them takes concentration and focus which transfers to all other areas of life, including school and sports.

3.   Improves Memory – In order to play a part, you need to know your lines. The process of learning the words and movements for the stage increase our ability to strengthen and use the memory muscle.

4.   Enhance Communication skills – Working with others increases both verbal and nonverbal communication. When working on a play or show, you learn to to articulate and project your voice, as well as to listen and observe.

5.   Empathy – Whenever you play a part, you are, in a sense, putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. You take on their thoughts, feelings, behaviors and viewpoints which helps you to understand them and their situation more clearly.

6.   Have Fun – Part of the process of creating includes learning and trying out ideas which often leads to humor, and laughter.

7.   Builds Self Confidence – Learning lines, studying characters, practicing and performing all help to build character and confidence. The student learns to trust their own instincts, ideas and abilities which they take to all aspects of their lives including school, jobs, relationships and challenges.

Theatre training, as well as all of the arts, encourages engagement and learning and has a positive impact on emotional, physical and social development. Kids who participate in theatre programs enjoy the many benefits it offers and will take those skills throughout their lives, making them more creative, confident and productive individuals. But the best part of getting involved in a theatre program is that you meet great people who have similar interests. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s fun.

This Post Has 9 Comments
  1. I’d like my twin daughters to be involved in an activity outside of school. It’s good to know that enrolling them in acting lessons or theatre can provide a lot of benefits. I especially like that it can even increase their ability to strengthen and use the memory muscle; hence, improving their memory. I’ll definitely consider this activity for them.

  2. My brother has been talking about his son is interested in live theatre. He wants to take his son to a show and wonders if he may want to be part of a play or musical. I will let him know that this would be good for his self-confidence and he will have fun.

  3. I’m glad that you talked how theater is beneficial for kids in improving their memory because they need to memorize their line in order to play their part. My sister likes to watch a theater show and would like to be part of it. I’ll advise my mother to consider looking for a theater arts school for kids to enroll my sister.

  4. My wife and I are thinking of ways to keep our kids busy over their winter break. Reading your article certainly inspired me to have them enrolled in a theatre program so as they can flex their memory muscle while practicing their lines. Thank you for the informative article on the benefits of acting on kids.

  5. I never knew that enrolling kids to theatre classes can help kids be taught how to look at things at another person’s point of view or “wearing someone else’s shoes.” Speaking of kids, winter break is approaching soon and I want to teach my kids something rewarding and creative. With your article, I became convinced to find local theatre classes to enroll in so that both my children and I will reap these benefits.

  6. While the nationwide trend to focus on playing catch-up in STEM education is rational, practical, and absolutely necessary, it’s important not to forget the enormous impact arts have on the overall education of our children. With the overwhelming preponderance of scientific evidence showing the positive effects of arts education—and specifically drama education—the question parents, educators, and policy makers should be asking themselves is not “can we afford to support arts education in schools?” but rather “can we afford not to?”
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  7. I really want to teach my kids to love and appreciate the theater. I think it would be really cute for them to participate in it as well. Thanks for bringing up how it can help spark their imagination and make them more creative. I really hope my kids participate in school plays someday.

  8. Personally, I believe that we all develop better any skills when we are kids. I like how you pointed out some of the benefits of attending to an art school such as improving memory, empathy, and having fun. What you said about kids who participate in theatre programs enjoy the many benefits it offers and will take those skills throughout their lives was really interesting to me.

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