At Artemis Studios, the skills we learn that creating plays and performances is very applicable to every day life, and create a fantastic way for people of all ages to also discover skills they never knew they had!
What skills does theatre give to or develop in participants?
1. Oral Communication Skills
Many students find that theatre helps them develop the confidence that's essential
to speaking clearly, lucidly, and thoughtfully.
2. Creative Problem Solving Abilities
Most people expect theatre students to exhibit creativity in such areas as acting, design, playwriting or directing. As an example, technical theatre work such as building scenery, hanging lights, making props, running the show, and so on is a particularly good way to learn how to think on your feet, to identify problems, evaluate a range of possible solutions, and figure out what to do. The same is true of almost every aspect of theatre. Most major companies believe that a creative problem-solver will become a good employee. That's you!
3. Motivation and Commitment
Being involved in theatre productions and classes demands commitment and motivation. It also encourages team work - as being part of a cast requires your fellow actors to be there. Few other disciplines you study will so strongly help you develop motivation and commitment.
4. Willingness to Work Cooperatively
Your work in theatre companies teaches you how to work effectively with different types of people-often very different types! Theatre requires that participants work together cooperatively for the production to succeed. It's important that each individual supports the others involved.
5. Time-budgeting Skills
Being involved in theatre encourages you to learn how to budget your time. You need to schedule your rehearsals very carefully to make sure you complete the project on time without a rush. Good time management skills are enormously important to employers.
6. Respect for Colleagues
In theatre you discover that a successful production requires contributions from everybody who's involved. Mutual respect is essential. Working on a production teaches us to respect and trust the abilities and talents of our colleagues. Working with people of differing ages and backgrounds on a common goal can be challenging, but also a brilliant way to learn to adapt to and understand difference.
7. Adaptability and Flexibility
Theatre students must be adaptable and flexible. You need to be willing to try new ideas, accept new challenges, and have the ability to adapt to constantly changing situations and conditions.
8. A Goal-Oriented Approach to Work
Many aspects of theatre involves setting and achieving specific goals. A show needs a deadline, and everything you do works towards that. In employer's terms, you've learned to be task-oriented and capable of finding practical ways to achieve goals.
9. A Willingness to Accept Responsibility
Theatre students sometimes have an opportunity that is seldom given to students in other disciplines--the chance to take on sole responsibility for a special project. Being a production stage manager...a designer...a crew chief...a director. Students with other majors seldom have anything even close to these lessons. You can expect employers to value this unusual ability.
10. Leadership Skills
As a theatre student, you have many opportunities to assume leadership roles. You may, for example, assist a director or designer and lead other volunteers, serve as a crew chief, or even design or direct a production yourself. In the nurturing environment of theatre, faculty help you learn from mistakes so you become a better leader.
Theatre training teaches you confidence in yourself. Your accomplishments in theatre show you that you can handle a variety of jobs, pressures, difficulties and responsibilities. You develop a "Yes, I can!" attitude.
12. Enjoyment -- "This is Fun!"
Theatre is fun! Finding a project you are passionate about and taking your ideas to others to build into something you can share it a lot of fun and very rewarding!Applied Theatre is the term creative arts professionals use when working in community settings to deliver workshops to members of that community using theatrical techniques and practices.
Actors, directors, writers and all the folks who come together in the theatre to build and create shows, are part of a world that trains and encourages us to ask questions about everything we think and hear and see, and find ways to reflect back on that experience and share it. We then capture that life experience and create plays, musicals and other visual art to engage audiences.
Applied theatre processes work to:
• Engage students and teachers in meaningful dialogue about the issues under discussion;
• Facilitate a safe environment whereby students can engage both cognitively and affectively with the material;
• Provide a stimulus for an ongoing exploration of an issue
• Provide fully interactive theatre processes that engage students in theatre making themselves.
Why you should consider becoming part of the community theatre where you are.
Theatre and performing is an inclusive and very levelling experience. For people who are
very shy - there are ways to join in bit by bit, and for those with much more self confidence. Finding the right group for you is important.
If you feel ready to get up on stage, learn lines and perform in full shows - have a look for
local amateur dramatic groups in your area. Some require auditions (usually musical companies) and others welcome everyone. If you feel like you need to build up your confidence, join a class like those at Stepping Stones where you can look at bite sized skills and build up slowly at your own pace. Local theatres often have adult acting classes, and some even offer exams for very keen adult students!
The sense of pride and achievement felt when completing a performance project, big or small, and the fellowship and laughter you will gain along the way is well worth exploring if you are yet to discover the thrill of theatre classes!
Artemis Studios leads a our 5 part Stepping Stones Drama Course.
Drama: Build Confidence & Have fun
Course / Workshop Content
WHO IS THIS FOR?
This course is for adults of any age who would like a relaxing, fun way to ‘come out of their shell’, or build on existing skills when speaking to or performing in front of other people.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
You will learn at your own pace how to interpret poems (funny, dramatic or classical - the choice is yours!) for performance. You will learn a very short poem (from 6-18 lines depending on your selection) and over six weeks look at it in different ways. We will explore how wearing a mask or using a puppet can free us from self-consciousness and have fun playing with interpretation. At the end of the six weeks, using a green screen so you can choose a background, each person will film their poem to keep or share, using great facial expressions and body language to suit the words.
HOW CAN I USE WHAT I LEARN?
Self-confidence and self-awareness are great skills to polish for everyday life, and key to how others might perceive us. Being more aware of how you physically reflect what you are thinking and feeling to the outside world will help you make sure the best version of you is seen. As part of a class, you will able to learn and observe from others too, and apply that to your own skill set.