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A.3.b  Skills enhancement. 

Have you ever wondered why people find “putting on plays” to be so attrac­tive and personally significant, so much fun?  And if it isn’t, why are you involved with it?  Certainly not everyone you know thinks so or they’d all be doing it.  Something special about the process attracts you, something which sometimes seems embarrassingly trivial to admit.  “What do you do?”  “I do plays.”  “Oh...?”  (turning to another)  “And what do you do?”  “Well, I’m studying to be a brain surgeon.”  “Oh!”

Probably your need to do theatre derives from the manner in which you find your personality satisfied by the process.  It seems to play to all those elements of your intuition (that which you have been becoming) and your abili­ties.  Without conscious analysis, the process appeals to your list of admired skills, probably those for which you have experienced personal success.  And the product ful­fills some notion you have about others and emotions and significance and servanthood and self-expression.

Here’s a partial listing of the skills a student of theatre must acquire.  You can probably add many more from your own experience.

  thinking through the viability of alternatives in critical decision making

  applying dynamic imagination in projecting a decision into action

  augmenting life’s experiences through empathetic analysis of others

  synthesizing all human experience in the analysis of human actions

  identifying and clarifying personal values

  collaborating with others in working toward a common goal

  investigating self and goal setting within introspective parameters

  discovering and practicing meaningful self-discipline

  risking oneself before others

  communicating concisely and cleverly

  employing distinctive artistic means of analysis and expression

  managing time, strength, and abilities

  handling self and tools to create a concise and coherent expressive product

Obviously, these skills are of enormous importance in enabling you to function as a fulfilled human being, an expression of God’s plan. But they are also skills of great significance for any number of careers, especially those in the service industries, the fastest growing job market in our radically changing society.  These are the jobs in which people are the object rather than the manufacture of goods: teaching, social work, transportation, sales, the clergy, office positions of all kinds, entertainment, the list goes on and on.  Just use your imagination, and you can see how you could profit hugely from including that listing on any job application.

So, you see, you can work at nearly any career you choose, and still pursue your love and drive toward theatre on the side. 

Next Section: A3c: Career Possibilities

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