Stella Adler once stated “The theatre was created to tell people the truth about life and a social situation.” I not only believe this to be true, but I believe it to be my motto. What is the point of putting ourselves out there if we are not creating magic, and telling a story? This is why I want to be a theatre educator. I want to be able to produce that story, but also help my students BE that story.
This is the second paragraph of a scholarship I am applying for this weekend, so I thought I would further explain why I think it is important to teach theatre.
Theatre is the universal sign of acceptance. Right? Anything you hear about the theatre is about how it is a place for anyone, and everyone can join. Is it though? I have had so many conversations and experienced that this isn't necessarily true. As directors become comfortable with their students, I've noticed that type casting comes into play and also favoritism.
This is why I feel it is my duty to become a theatre educator. I believe in the underdogs. I believe in the under AND overprivileged. I believe in working with students who are scared. Most importantly, I believe in working with students who wonder and who dream.
I want to create magic. I want to make magic with students, with an audience, and with a stage.
I will be a theatre educator because I believe that the theatre was created to tell people the truth about life and a social situation.