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A Work Based Learning Program at Vital Theatre

“What I learned is I can’t go through my life silent. Everybody has something in them.”
Caitlin Perkins, Grade 11
Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School

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Why Arts Education Matters

March 12, 2015 By Judith Light My mother taught me when I was three years old to memorize and recite "'Twas the Night Before Christmas." Everybody laughs, but it's absolutely the truth. My mother was my first teacher of the arts, and I performed "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" for my father, so he was my first audience. Even at that young age, I had a child’s intuition, which I would now say was a simple understanding of how art and culture affect us as human beings and how we can connect to each other through the arts. That understanding is something that defines my life to this day. When I was growing up, my parents supported my interest in taking acting classes and doing community theater. My father drove me to the rehearsals every day after school, whenever I was doing community theatre productions, and I went to a performing arts camp in New Hope, Pennsylvania. I grew up in Trenton, New Jersey, and my parents even allowed me to go on the train to New York City when I was a young teen to study theater. My parents' faith in me at that young an age—and the kind of professional training I was getting from my theater teachers—gave me a sense of purpose, a sense of self-confidence, a sense of discipline. I learned what artistic achievement actually was, what hard work the business was. I didn't have this rosy picture of what our business was. I was really learning what it would require for me to become a professional. I was also learning about life. Working … [Read More...]

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Jack Black Thanks the Teacher Who Inspired His Acting Career

Written by Casting Frontier, March 8th, 2015 When you think of Jack Black, what do you immediately think of? His enormous zeal for life? Are you awestruck that he’s one of the few who found a way to succeed as an adult by basically always remaining a kid? Yes, he is a Golden Globe-nominated actor, […]

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March is Save Our Schools Month: Matt Damon Speaks

 

What is the value of performing arts in society?

  “It’s well and good that arts — and performing arts especially — are part of our society, but they’re not the vital part of our society.” ~Board President Daniel Gomes  Do you think performing arts are vital to society? By Theresa Harrington tharrington@bayareanewsgroup.com This is an excerpt of On Assignment, education writer Theresa Harrington’s blog […]

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7 Ways Michelle Obama Positively Influenced Education in 2014

“Arts education isn’t something we add on after we’ve achieved other priorities, like raising test scores and getting kids into college,” said the First Lady. “It’s actually critical for achieving those priorities in the first place.”   Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. Become a fan Author of The Call to Teach and editor of The Edvocate, http://www.theedadvocate.orgPresident Obama […]

Geena Davis Examines Females in Film on a Global Scale

Written by Casting Frontier, November 30th, 2014 Geena Davis, among others, proved that female characters with heart and soul can deliver and ultimately succeed at the all-important global box office. Is it your turn to take the baton and run with it like your life depended on it? And if you’re a writer or producer, […]

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Testimonial #46: Erik Abbott, Theatre Artist, Producer, Scholar, Critic and Teacher, Actors Repertory Theatre Luxembourg

“Madame French Teacher had a limited background in theatre, but she had an infectious spirit, an ability to inspire — and high expectations: she demanded commitment and discipline and hard work.” How are the arts re-igniting your community and sparking innovation and creativity in your local schools? I know that there are performing arts programmes […]

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