In the book I’m reading (Delivered from Distraction) I just came upon a section that discusses the importance of “play.” Basically it describes play as kind of this meditative state of creative engagement. It allows you to be fully present and focused on the task at hand, without generating any…
This is why I believe in teaching theatre. The games I play with my students are FUN. We’re silly, we joke, we pander, we preen. It’s all in good fun, and yet - we investigate human behavior and learn to analyze our own emotions. These exercises get the kid off the phone and up into the space, focusing on new postures, physical expressions, and ways of being. They engage the mind with the body with jokes about toilets and wild kangaroos. Then suddenly, when we are ready, we reach for a script, what my kids call a real story, a laid down track on which we will waggle. We read and speak and wonder and move and move and react and move. And it feels true.
I love teaching theatre because I find my mind&body, every day, singing: THIS IS TRUE.