"Best times of my high school life."
I just received this comment on my Facebook page after posting a PSA on how theatre transforms students' lives. This comment does not represent a desire to goof off and party, nor is it an isolated sentiment. Theatre education programs provide a safe place for students to be themselves, to explore relationships, to develop compassion, collaborative practices, and the idea of delayed gratification. Theatre education programs are about understanding relationships and possible motivations behind the actions that people take.
These are the obvious take-aways.
Here's some less obvious ones.