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Life Skills You Can Earn through Drama Courses

Enrolling in drama courses is a great way to learn acting and get exposure to practical experiences like reading and auditioning. But throughout the lessons, you can also find life skills that can help you navigate through the world. If you’re still considering on taking up a course, check out the following list of things you’ll learn to help you make the decision.

Communication Skills

By practicing voice projection and physical expressions, students in drama courses can develop their verbal and oral communication skills and learn the best ways to convey their ideas.

“Many actors are naturally introverted, which people are often surprised to hear,” said Glen Hamilton, head of acting at the Academy of Film, Theatre and Television. “In such cases, these people have deep and rich inner lives and imaginations but prior to their training, find it hard to express these parts of themselves. Acting gives them the confidence to be heard and to say what they feel, share their thoughts.”



Drama courses put students in a setting where stage acting meets screenplays, directing and cinematography. All of these put an emphasis on storytelling, which is an especially valuable and transferable skill in today’s attention economy. A good story is something everyone can appreciate, and learning the many different components can help you master the art of stringing one.


Understanding of Human Nature

Through character study and immersion, you can learn a lot more about what drives human behaviour: needs, wants and fears. With this, it will be easier to understand and empathise with other people, a skill that will be useful for all areas in life.



While acting definitely requires preparation and memorising, the best actors are the ones who can improvise in character. Writer and actor Dominic Zhai likened acting to combat sports. “Like Tyson said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face”,” said Zhai.

“To be a good at improvisation, you need to be fully in tune with the other person. Professionals and experts in any field do virtually all the preparation beforehand, so when it is time to perform, they can just relax, focus, and live moment to moment.”

Improvising in acting helps you stay prepared yet flexible in dealing with unexpected situations, which is always useful in your day-to-day world.

Music: Green Day’s American Idiot Musical Comes to Australia

Green Day’s American Idiot musical is finally coming to Australia, complete with a soon-to-be-announced all-Aussie cast and directed by Australian award-winning director Craig Ilott.

The season’s premiere will take place at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, South Brisbane on February 23.

Written by the band’s Billie Joe Armstrong and Tony Award winner Michael Mayer, American Idiot tells the story of three friends and their self-discovery journey in a post-9/11 world. The rock musical will also feature songs from the albums American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown.

Tickets will be on sale from 9am this Friday, October 28.

Green Day will also come to Australia for their Revolution Radio tour from April-May.

Theatre: Aladdin Now Showing In Sydney

Disney Theatrical Productions has brought its Broadway musical comedy ‘Aladdin’ to Sydney, Australia.

Following the success of the animated film in 1992, the musical promises intricate choreography, production numbers, and visual effects.

Starring Michael James Scott as the Genie, Arielle Jacobs as Jasmine, and former children’s musical group member Ainsley Melham as Aladdin, the show opened in August and runs until November 20 at Capitol Theatre, Haymarket.