Freshman Year was Humbling and It Was the Best Thing for Me

Freshman Year was Humbling and It Was the Best Thing for Me

Over the course of my freshman year, I learned that I was not that great... on my own. I learned that my abilities were not enough... on their own. I was not that great on my own, but with training, experience, and a little more confidence under my belt, I know I have the potential to be.

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What I’ve Learned as a Student in Community Theatre

What I’ve Learned as a Student in Community Theatre

Community theatre is an incredible experience for people who want to share their craft and ability with their local town or region. For students working in community theatre can be incredibly life-changing, adding a new fresh experience enabling them to be more prepared for theatre when they leave high school or college.

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Sorry Theater Kids, It's Time to Start Working Out

Sorry Theater Kids, It's Time to Start Working Out

Theater kids have long lived under the assumption-- self-imposed or otherwise-- that physical strength, stamina, and coordination have nothing to do with being a performer, and that many people who identify as performers simply don’t have those skills. I don’t think it will come as a surprise to many of you when I tell you that this assumption is simply not true.

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College for Performing Arts: Do's, Don'ts & Some Food For Thought

College for Performing Arts: Do's, Don'ts & Some Food For Thought

Conservatory, or liberal arts school?  What aspects of a program should I look at? Should I pick up a minor or double major, or put everything into my performing arts major? For students considering pursuing an education in performing arts, particularly musical theatre, these questions are among the many flying around as they consider different schools and prepare to audition and/or choose where to spend the next few years of their lives.

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The Value of Empathetic Thinking: How We Can Use Theatrical Practices to Create a Kinder Generation

The Value of Empathetic Thinking: How We Can Use Theatrical Practices to Create a Kinder Generation

Emotional intelligence and empathy are just as essential to living a healthy, meaningful, and successful life as critical thinking is. If we want to impart these skills onto a new generation of students, we would be wise to use the foundations of theater as our first step.

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10 Things I Would Tell Myself as a Freshman Musical Theatre Major

10 Things I Would Tell Myself as a Freshman Musical Theatre Major

Coming into college, I saw several articles of what freshmen should know, but being a freshman in a musical theatre program is its own battle. Thankfully I had several people step in as mentors to guide me along the way, but still, there are some lessons I had to learn on my own

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Why Theatre Camp is Perfect for Kids Who Don’t Know What to Do This Summer

Why Theatre Camp is Perfect for Kids Who Don’t Know What to Do This Summer

Theatre camp will create more empathetic, creative, and outgoing children, not just more actors. If you don’t know what your child should do this summer, have them try theatre camp. Even if they don’t leave with a new passion for the performing arts, they’ll leave a more well-rounded human being.

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How to Succeed in Theatre- Without Higher Education

How to Succeed in Theatre- Without Higher Education

Colleges and conservatories are expensive. There’s no other way to say it, they just are. Unless your family has set aside money for you to do so, pursuing higher education means you’ll likely spend your senior year, and the next four years in a formal education program struggling to get loans, scholarships, and side hustles, often requiring you put yourself in some extreme cases of exhaustion and stress. A social life will be difficult to maintain, Saturdays will be spent at work, mornings before class shared with coffee and overdue homework, afternoons will be taken up by running from class only to miss your bus to work and mean you have to beg someone for a ride, and after all of that you’ll still trudge need to the library at 2 AM to photocopy the textbook you can’t afford. If that sounds like a lot to handle, you can find an alternative route. That’s also terrifying. It really is- I know. I’m following that alternative route.

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