How Dramatic Arts Affect Development

Dramatic Arts Increase Mental, Emotional, and Social Development

The dramatic arts increase mental, emotional, and social development by:

  • Increasing Self-Confidence

Taking risks in class and performing for an audience teach students to trust their ideas and abilities. The confidence gained in drama applies to school, career, and life.

  • Inspiring Imagination   

Making creative choices, thinking of new ideas, and interpreting familiar material in new ways are essential to drama.

  • Developing Empathy

Acting roles from different situations, time periods, and cultures promotes compassion and tolerance for others’ feelings and viewpoints.

  • Learning Cooperation and Collaboration

Theatre combines the creative ideas and abilities of its participants. This cooperative process includes discussing, negotiating, rehearsing, and performing.

  • Increasing Concentration

Playing, practicing, and performing develop a sustained focus of mind, body, and voice, which also helps in other school subjects and life.

  • Teaching Communication

Drama enhances verbal and nonverbal expression of ideas. It improves voice projection, articulation of words, fluency with language, and persuasive speech. Listening and observation skills develop by playing drama games, being an audience, rehearsing, and performing.

  • Developing Problem Solving Skills

Students learn how to communicate the who, what, where, and why to the audience. Improvisation fosters quick-thinking solutions, which leads to greater adaptability in life.

  • Having Fun

Drama brings play, humor, and laughter to learning; this improves motivation and reduces stress.

  • Providing an Emotional Outlet

Pretend play and drama games allow students to express a range of emotions. Aggression and tension are released in a safe, controlled environment, reducing antisocial behaviors.

  • Promoting Relaxation

Many drama activities reduce stress by releasing mental, physical, and emotional tension.

  • Practicing Self-Discipline

The process of moving from ideas to actions to performances teaches the value of practice and perseverance. Drama games and creative movement improve self-control.

  • Increasing Trust

The social interaction and risk taking in drama develop trust in self, others, and the process.

  • Promoting Memory

Rehearsing and performing words, movements, and cues strengthen this skill like a muscle.

  • Increasing Social Awareness

Legends, myths, poems, stories, and plays used in drama teach students about social issues and conflicts from cultures, past and present, all over the world.

  • Raising Aesthetic Appreciation

Participating in and viewing theatre raise appreciation for the art form. It is important to raise a generation that understands, values, and supports theater’s place in society.

Adapted from Drama Education Network