A Playwriting Project for 8th Grade Theatre Students
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Richard Courtney proposes that dramatic activity is the process by which we come to know our world and ourselves. I agree completely. Drama holds possibility for profound changes in individuals. If guided with total organic growth in mind, adolescents can come to develop not simply skills in Theatre class, but an actual and authentic sense of their own identities, imaginations, freedoms, choices, and responsibilities. Stereotypes of ourselves and others fall away. An Individual connects with an authentic sense of one’s own possibility in the world. This is not an idealistic statement, but a profound and simple fact of drama’s ancient function.