The 2013-2014 Student-Directed Once Act Plays were praised for not only their skillful execution, but for their diversity, humor, and intelligence. It takes a number of talents to successfully deliver the One Acts, including collaboration, communication, and perseverance.
"Theater is not just an individual art form, but a shared, ensemble one, in which a whole team is working together in a gamut of disciplines to create a show for a greater purpose," says Head of Arts Michelle Haner. "This is nowhere more apparent than in the One Acts." She goes on to explain the number of roles students take on to execute the One Acts. There are directors, actors, stage managers, designers, prop masters, costume crew, light and sound board operators, and so on. It takes a lot of roles and a lot of skills to put the plays all together.
"The director for example must inspire, motivate and helm a team as a whole; he or she thus must mobilize a gamut of leadership skills to successfully lead a project from conception to full realization. Even actors in small roles are learning about team-work, discipline and focus; back-stage support team members cultivate organization and communication skills. In this non-academic forum, students rightly develop confidence, shared pride and a great sense of community."
When asked further about how theater can be related to other experiences in life and work, Michelle continues: