Greetings, and welcome to Theater is a Sport. My name is Bobby Keniston, and I am an actor, director, playwright, and theater educator. I feel lucky to be all of these things.
There are a great many misconceptions when it comes to the idea of theater education, particularly at a high school level. While many people would recognize that it is not a visual arts teacher's job to tell a child, "This is how you draw a sun, and this is the only way to draw a sun," these same people may expect that when directing students in a play, or teaching a high school acting class, that you tell the students how to act. "Read the lines this way, with a big smile on your face, then when he yells at you, act sad by sticking your lower lip out and lowering your head. Listen to how I say the line and then do it like that." This is simply not true. Or, at least, I believe it goes against every little thing theater education should be about.