Teaching Drama

Smart Heart Art

Why is it so rare that we succeed in combining the two: the smart and the heart?

Trailing Spouse Blues had this awesome post recently about Smart Heart Art. How do we affect both the heart and the head at the same time with the emotional crux of a work? It’s easy to make you cry in a bad movie (hey I bawled when Macaulay Cukin died from the bee stings in My Girl) or it’s easy to throw writing blather at an audience that’s SUPPOSED to make an audience THINK.

But the art that makes you both think and feel? That’s something special. What theatre have you seen that has affected both your head and your heart?

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Lindsay Price


  • It was just a staged reading of an excerpt from an unfinished play, but even in that limited capacity, I am already very intrigued by a play called “Precious Little” that Madeleine Georgepresented. It was both touching and thought-provoking. I am anxious to see the whole piece when she puts it out into the world!

  • Isn’t it great when it’s not even a full production and there’s that spark?

    I’ve just realized I never referenced Smart Heart Art for myself. I saw Hal Holbrook do his one man Mark Twain show in September. It was stunning in that it was just him, just words and I was engaged from beginning to end. The relevance of the material made the audience (and me) gasp at times. And this was after hating Frost/Nixon the night before and wanting to kill myself with my ticket stub.

  • I saw Hal Holbrook’s Twain show, gosh, probably 10 years ago. In fact, I ran the light board for it when it came to the local performing arts center. Glad to hear he’s still knocking it out of the park!