Roundabout Theater Company’s education initiative #richardarmitage
Roundabout Theater Company, as a non-profit, conducts a number of educational initiatives. Recently, they reported on workshops where Teaching Artists at the theater helped young people to learn and practice the basic self-presentation skills they need on a college or job interview. Those who don’t work with young people would probably be surprised at how badly these things need to be taught. Manners have changed so much in the U.S., and young people spend so much time alone or solely in their own age cohort that many of them don’t realize how important careful speech, a firm handshake, a smile, or a look straight in the eyes are as components of personal behavior and self-presentation when one is seeking advancement. In a lot of cases, no one has ever told them, they don’t have good models, and they don’t seem to have noticed what they are missing. So I really applaud this sort of thing.
Those fans who became theater donors are already contributing to Roundabout’s educational mission by paying for school students’ trips to a Roundabout production this year. For those who would like to do more, like supporting the use of theater arts to help students to learn professional skills, here’s more information about how to get involved.