1) A brief introduction on theatre and its significance in today’s world
The future of our nation depends on our ability to create-and to be creative. As all the data that we memorized during the 90s are easily accessible now, today’s schools need to develop creative leaders who can explore and make phenomenal things out of the data available. Theatre education is an important means of stimulating creativity unlike any other art form. Unlike a dance or a music class where a child is taught the right way of singing or dancing, theatre allows the child to explore, make mistakes and learn from them.
2) Why theatre is important for a child’s overall development.
Dramatic exploration can provide students with an outlet for emotions, thoughts, and dreams that they might not otherwise have means to express. A student can for a few moments, become another, explore a new role, try out and experiment with various personal choices and solutions to very real problems from their own life through the problems faced by characters in the play.
Theatre is a key to communication skills. Like all the arts, Drama allows students to communicate with and understand others in new ways. Students who have participated in Dramatic activities are less likely to have difficulty speaking in public, will be better able to put themselves into others’ shoes and relate to them, and will have more empathy towards others. They will learn to work together, to cooperate, to find the best way for each member of a group to contribute, and to listen to and accept the viewpoints and contributions of others. No art form is more truly collaborative. This is perhaps the most important reason for Dramatic Arts in schools.
3) What it takes to be a theatre artist: Is any qualification required, will a child have to undergo training or a course. If so, duration of the training or course.
As much as learning dance makes a dancer and learning music makes a musician, theatre is different. There is a misconception among parents that theatre is for children who are interested in acting or those who want to become actors. As said above, theatre works on developing a child on the whole. We at Happy cow (https://www.facebook.com/evamhappycow/) teach theatre in two ways.
- Art form Led programs
- Curriculum Led programs
In Art form Led programs, the child learns to perform on art forms like puppetry, mime, shadow theatre, create a play etc. In Curriculum led programs, the child learns cognitive skills, leadership skills, socio emotional skills, language skills etc using theatre as a method. Either ways, the learning process is always exploratory and that makes the child to create more than learn.
Going by trend, most theatre artist wouldn’t have a qualification in theatre. As much as becoming an actor does not need a certification, theatre workshops help them enhance their skills and have perspectives on any profession in theatre. Also, a career in theatre does not mean only acting. It includes everything from a writer, director, costume designer to light & sound designer, set designer, artist manager, producer etc. All these roles will need relevant studies as an engineer or an MBA or a fashion designer.
4) List 5 benefits of theatre for a child
Learning theatre develops a child in various dimensions
Psychomotor: Developing perceptual and expressive skills and techniques.
Cognitive: Assimilating knowledge and developing higher order thinking skills.
Affective: Cultivating positive attitudes towards art and the discipline or about themselves in relation to art.
Aesthetic: Deriving pleasure from a combination of senses, emotions, intellect, philosophy, imagination and spirit.
Either it be teaching English or public speaking or even problem solving to children, theatre based methodology is one of the best ways to go. Theatre based methodologies help children get things imprinted in their minds in an experiential pattern that last longer and easily support innovation at the later stages of their life. Given the learnings that a child will get using the art form itself or theatre based methods, becoming an actor becomes secondary.