Testimonial #37: Edwina Issa, BBO Jordan

How has your life been indelibly touched by a teacher who utilized the arts for whatever reason and acknowledge how they were instrumental in breaking the mold to allow you to become who you are today?

The availability of artistic opportunity is a key to igniting a life long passion. I think an artistic education is key to this as well winning my first talent show at five using a fire from within my spirit was so aided in the coming years by gifted teachers, the one that gave me the key to the theatre to put on my own plays, the one who taught me to use stage make up, the one who had been to RADA and read everything in role and transported me…. The youth theatre workers who trusted me to dabble.

The rep players who rented out our basement for a season and left the smell of the greasepaint, all created exposure to the arts in other forms. SO to inspirational teachers who exposed us all to plays and musicals or let us work in role or even did music and movement with us. We should offer thanks They took us to big cities on theatre trips and to the local theatres all of these lovers of arts set us on our way. If we got no further than putting plays on the lawn or in local halls it was a journey that would create a lifelong thirst and one that is never quenched.

Now years later having moved and living in a society where arts is for those that do not do that well at school and where any arts in the syllabus is cut to put in computing, I see the sadness of those who miss out an arts education and it is my mission to set that fire within them alight.

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