Yesterday I talked to THIS first year drama in education class. 107 students, not all heading to be teachers but a good chunk of them. I talked about having a non-traditional arts career (there just aren’t that many publisher/resident playwrights out there) and the importance of arts education in my career.
A lot of drama eds get treated like second class citizens when they’re mixed in with Theatre students. That somehow teaching drama is less important than being an actor or a director.
Of course, I believe the total opposite. I strongly believe in the importance of drama in the classroom. That drama is one of the few places teaching real world skills: communication, self expression, creative thinking, creative problem solving. That drama teachers are necessary and needed.
So it was pretty awesome to have students come up to me afterwards and declare their intentions to be a drama teacher. With pride and enthusiasm. They’ve got more school to get through, and you never know how your life is going to turn out. But in the moment it was a truly thrilling moment.
” I’m going to be a drama teacher.”