Why Teach Theatre in our Schools?
Theatre is a SCIENCE.
Theatre is MATHEMATICAL.
Theatre is a FOREIGN LANGUAGE.
Theatre is HISTORY.
Theatre is PHYSICAL EDUCATION.
Theatre is LANGUAGE ARTS.
Theatre is BUSINESS.
Theatre is TECHNOLOGY.
Theatre is ECONOMICS.
Theatre is taught in schools
Not because you are expected to major in theatre,
Not because you are expected to perform all through life,
Not so you can relax,
Not so you can have fun,
So you will recognize BEAUTY,
So you will be SENSITIVE,
So you will be closer to an INFINITE BEYOND THIS WORLD,
So you will have more LOVE,
Of what value will it be to make a prosperous living
Unless you know how to live?
That is why theatre is taught in our schools.
Abbi Hess is a fourth year Theatre and Arts Management and History Double major with a minor in Medieval and Renaissance studies. She has contributed to Carroll's theatre department with acting, assistant stage managing, and dramaturgical work. Some of her past shows she worked on was ¿DONDE ESTAS?, FAT PIG, WOMEN OF MANHATTAN and THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST. This past semester, she has been on an exchange program in Wales at Aberystwyth University. She has really been enjoying her theatre modules: Contemporary British, Irish Drama and Performance Writing. She also was given the opportunity to act in CLOCKWORK ORANGE, but the show runs after Abbi's return to Carroll. As much fun and learning she has had in Aber, she can't wait to to get back to Carroll and finish her last year. Who knows what will happen next?
"We believe in teaching Theatre as an ART FORM. We train students to know what it means to be an Artist."
Picture at top: RENT, Summer Repertory Series 2015
(Photo credit: Andrea Klohn)