Here is exactly why theatre, music, the arts, etc. will never go away: It’s because the arts don’t rely on technology. They rely on creativity.
Technology evolves but the evolution doesn’t make the arts obsolete. Technology gives the artists more tools to work with but an artist who doesn’t use the latest technology is no less an artist.
Woody Allen doesn’t write his screenplays on Final Draft. He doesn’t write them in Microsoft Word, or any other computer program. His tool of choice is a manual typewriter that he’s used for the past 50 years. He still manages to turn out some pretty good screenplays.
So often I’ll get a request from someone looking for a monologue that will “wow” the audience or “make them cry” or “make them laugh.” Good material is important, but it’s really not the end all and be all. What will wow an audience, or make them cry or laugh is an emotional connection with the character, not the words the character is saying.
A perfect example is Edward Reid’s audition for Britain’s Got Talent (video below). He wows, delights, and electrifies the audience singing a suite of songs that my three-year-old niece knows. She’s known them word-perfectly for over half her life. We’ve all known these songs since we were toddlers. And yet, he finds something new in them and that’s why he’s an artist.