Senior Artist-in-Residence and Artistic Director of Emerson Stage Annie Levy spoke with casting publication Backstage for a piece on the state of drama schools amidst a striking Hollywood and decline in theater venues.
Regardless of the industry’s status right now, Levy says that training in theater prepares students for beyond the arts.
The skills one learns with serious study of theater are transferable, says Levy. Theatermakers have the ability to work effectively toward a shared goal, to put their all toward something that won’t exist forever, and to look to the good of the group. All of these things are markers of a healthy society, and a good step [toward] becoming a thriving adult.