Newsletter – Summer 2017

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STEAM

Check out an interesting trend in education which is called STEAM.  STEM education refers to the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. STEAM education incorporates the “A” for the Arts – recognizing that to be successful in technical fields, individuals must also be creative and use critical thinking skills which are best developed through exposure to the arts.  STEAM initiatives in after-school and summer programs are designed to encourage, educate and prepare today’s youth to pursue careers in STEM-related fields.  You can Google it to find out all sorts of interesting facts.  But the bottom line is that the Arts are important to a well rounded education.

“Nanjing Foreign Language School, one of the most prestigious high schools in China is a public school but highly selective, with four thousand applicants for three hundred spots. And those applicants are from a pool that has already been screened at the elementary and middle-school levels. Students graduate and attend schools such as Harvard and Yale.  The school philosophy states, in part:  “In this school, we believe we must dream, as well as act, to accomplish great things.”  These students are being introduced to American theatre in the classroom because the school’s directors are realizing that college admissions officers are looking for twenty-first century skills: collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity as well as high test scores.   It’s ironic: our own school reformers are preoccupied with STEM because of Asia, and now the very top schools in Asia want to adopt American-style theatre education to make their students well-rounded.  Aren’t we both right?  Shouldn’t we all be looking for ways to give our kids more rigorous, cutting edge instruction in science AND theatre, technology AND music, engineering AND dance, math AND art?”

 Excerpts from an article by Julie Woffington  Executive director of the Educational Theatre Association.

Opportunities at ACTS-

Teachers- Lead and Assistants. We have a number of after school teaching opportunities that we are unable to meet because we lack the teaching staff. 

Choreographers- We are always looking with a great deal of enthusiasm for people that would like to work as a choreographer on different shows.

Fund Raising Coordinator- Someone to help us find and implement activities that will continue to support the school in creative ways both small and large.

Corporate Sponsor- We would love to connect with a Company excited to partner with us.

Volunteers- We have tech work such as running lights or being backstage needs for every show.  We are partnering with Chic-Fil-A and have a number of times that we need workers.  We have an outreach program that always needs actors and we always have messes that could use someone’s attention.

Outreach Opportunities –We are always looking for people and places in our community that we can reach out to.  We have rented costumes, props and even actors to a number of organizations during this last year.                   

   Please contact us if you would like us to come to your church or club or school or meeting or anything you can imagine that might need our creative touch!

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact the office. Email or call 303 456 6772

Without effort, your talent is nothing more than your unmet potential.  Without effort, your skill is nothing more than what  you could have done but didn’t.  Angela Duckworth

Helpful info on the benefits of theatre can be found at www.schooltheatre.org