“Theater is like a gym for empathy. It’s where we can go to build up the muscles of compassion, to practice listening and understanding and engaging with people that are not just like ourselves. We practice sitting down, paying attention and learning from other people’s actions. We practice caring.”
~ Bill English, San Francisco Playhouse
Our Education program might be the most important thing that our company can do for young underrepresented actors and ultimately, Tulsa at large. The research suggests that by providing theatrical training to young people, reading literacy increases, confidence builds, public speaking skills are developed, communication skills are honed, dreams are fostered, and empathy and compassion is nurtured. It is unfortunate that these programs are being pulled from schools, or have never existed, and the communities that need them most don’t have wealthy alumni to help to fund them. World Stage sees this gap and is committed to filling the void through free theatre training through drama clubs, field trips, acting classes, and more.
In 2017, World Stage Theatre Company began working with the Tulsa Legacy Charter Schools to teach students in grades 4-8 theatre training. This is an underserved community on Tulsa’s North Side that has little to no access to theatre arts training and performance. We are growing our program to include summer camps, directing classes for adults, improv for adults, and acting classes for children and adults.