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Theatre Education is essential to education and a vibrant part of life. Learning, performing, creating, and appreciating Theatre brings meaning and richness to our heritage and culture. Theatre Education develops the capacity for creative emotional expression; expands physical, improvisational, and artistic skills; and enriches the quality of the lives of students. Theatre Education is a positive influence in the lives and education of students and society as a whole, facilitating learning in other subjects and enhancing skills and knowledge used in other areas. 

Through Theatre Education, students learn the meaning and value of creativity and innovation by:

  • demonstrating originality and inventiveness in work and being open and responsive to new and diverse perspectives;
  • developing, implementing, and communicating new ideas to others through vocal and instrumental means; and
  • acting on creative ideas to make a tangible and useful contribution to the domain in which innovation occurs.

Through Theatre Education, students obtain critical thinking skills that shape their efforts and affect their personal value choices by:

  • exercising sound reasoning in understanding and making complex choices and decisions;
  • understanding the interconnections among systems; identifying and asking significant questions that clarify various points of view and lead to better solutions; and
  • framing, analyzing, and synthesizing information in order to solve problems and answer questions.

Through Theatre Education, students learn to communicate through acting, role playing, and improvisation by articulating thoughts and ideas clearly through more than written and spoken word.    

Theatre Education prepares students for success in school, work, and life:

  • strengthening LITERACY as Theatre is an essential, holistic language;
  • developing a GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE workforce since Theatre develops essential skills for global competitiveness in the 21st century; and
  • nurturing ENGAGED LEARNERS for Theatre promotes emotional, physical, and cognitive development.

Fine Arts
Education Program Consultant

Joyce Huser
(785) 296-4932

Deputy Commissioner:
Division of Learning Services

Dr. Ben Proctor
(785) 296-2303

Career, Standards and Assessment

Beth Fultz
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director: 
Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Natalie D. Clark
(785) 296-4351

Assistant Director: 
Curricular Standards

Dr. David Fernkopf
(785) 296-8447

Assistant Director: 

Julie Ewing
(785) 296-2325

Assistant Director: 
Kansas Volunteer Commission

Dr. Jessica Dorsey
(785) 296-3163

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