Acting Like an Adult

10 Practical Life Skills That I Learned from Being a Theatre Geek

The other day, as I was packing up my classroom for the day, some high school students came by to raise money for their theatre club. Being a former theatre geek myself, I happily donated (for the exchange of some Cracker Jacks) to their endeavor. I have students who are convinced that they are going to play pro football someday (and thus don’t need to learn multiplication) and I giggled looking back at all my friends back in high school who were convinced they’d be receiving Oscars by their 25th birthday. Very few of my stage friends are still working in theater, but as I drove home I couldn’t help but think of how “playing pretend” with my cast-mates on the stage helped me learn essential life skills I needed as an adult.

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