“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” -Albert Einstein
It is well known that kids who participate in performing arts are four times more likely to have higher achievement in school than kids who do not. Theatre provides many benefits for kids. Here are some of them.
Self-confidence/self-esteem- Acting and performing give children the chance to get outside themselves and learn how to speak with confidence and ease. Theatre involves practicing essential communication skills that can promote self-confidence on stage that easily transfers to life situations. Memorized lines build vocabulary and grammar skills
Imagination/creativity- Theatre promotes self-expression without judgment. It is a place for children to express emotions and ideas that help them learn about themselves and the world around them.
Empathy- Acting out a character allows them to step into the shoes of another person and helps them have an understanding of how people who are different from them might feel or behave.
Cooperation- Theatre is a collaborative art. Unless someone is doing a one-person show, it takes many people with different ideas and talents coming together to create a production. There is much give and take that happens so, kids learn how to work together.
Concentration- Focus is another skill children will learn in acting. Being in a play requires listening skills, so you know when to say your lines or exit the scene.
Improves academic performance- It is a known fact that participation in the arts boosts children's academic scores. According to the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, "students involved in drama performance scored an average of 65.5 points higher on the verbal component and 35.5 points higher in the math component of the SAT"