We are strong proponents of the Multiple Intelligences theory, developed by Harvard professor Howard Gardner, and apply them across our programs. According to Gardner's widely-accepted research, humans have not one but 8 (and possibly 9) different intelligences, all of which can be developed over the course of a lifetime. Actors may need to tap into the full range of Multiple Intelligences, depending on storyline and stage requirements. But at their very core, Acting Classes develop the students' "self-smart" (intrapersonal), "people-smart" (interpersonal), and "word-smart" (linguistic) abilities:
Acting students absorb many of the wonderful benefits of drama classes through storylines and role play. Role playing of characters expands the mind and improves students' ability to think on their feet. It inspires creativity and builds problem-solving skills. Especially with younger students, story lines and character play also lend themselves to moral lessons, where students learn right from wrong and experience the concepts of responsibility and accountability. Deeply immersed in role play and storylines, Acting students often see significantly improved attention span within only a few weeks!
Students dedicated to the art of Acting and practicing it consistently develop certain skills, behaviors, and qualities of effective leaders. These include excellent communication skills, public speaking skills, personal confidence, and awareness of one's own feelings and those of others. The experience of theatre classes can be truly transformative when students young and not-so-young begin to discover and nurture the leader within themselves. This awesome personal growth process changes the way students think about themselves and their future!