Theater Education Failed America

by Elizabeth Andrews

In “How We Failed Theater” Jerome Weeks’ great response to Mike Daisey’s “How Theater Failed America,” Mr. Weeks makes the case that theater education (or the lack thereof) is a major factor in the decline of the American theater. He speaks of his wife’s struggles to teach theater to students at a public high school, and the numerous watered down school assembly performances that youth are routinely subjected to.  The best part of this post is that Daisey and Sara Weeks respond in the comments. Sara’s writing about why theater teacher perservere struck a chord with me:

“The spectrum of [my students’] life experience and arts experience is wide and narrow at the same time. My frustrations are often with my own sense of failure… I can never do enough to bridge this gap. In my heart I know Theater saves people. On good days, it saves me and my little Thespians, Drama Queens and aspiring Techies.” – Sara Weeks

To read Jerome Weeks’ Article click here.

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