Teaching the Creative Process: An Essential and Portable Skill
We can and should teach with several goals in our theatre classrooms. Yes, we should be teaching students our specific content (e.g., acting or design). We should also be teaching the creative process and its value in solving a myriad of problems. These are distinct and separate ends to our teaching. By being transparent about the creative process that underlies acting and design work, and encouraging students to use that creative process in a variety of different contexts, we are giving them the ability to invent solutions to any problem. This process, a habit of mind, is an important tool they can use for the rest of their lives to manage unexpected challenges. We are giving them a very important gift.