Ova passed along a note that TST was celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year. Congratulations to you! I’m sure that you know how much you have done for the number of young people that have had the privilege to work with you. You have so much to be proud of. I have often reflected upon what my time with TST has meant to me. Without hesitation, I can tell you that my experience with you truly helped to shape the person I am today. When you found me in the 8th grade, I was essentially shy, impressionable and misunderstood. I could have gone down so many other roads at that point. But you helped to keep me on track. You gave me an outlet for expressing myself and building confidence. You showed me I could be funny, I could be dramatic, I could bring to life an idea and mold it…and share it. How wonderful.
Would you have ever guessed that I would end up being a lawyer? I love it…and it still allows me to be that actress you saw in me years ago. So, IMUA TST! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
ADE and Mr. Bright made me realize I had gifts to give the world. I grew up in T-Shirt Theatre. Now, I’m an assistant director and a fledgling choreographer. Look at me! How you figgah? Dis guy one choreog-graffa. Dat’s right! ADE is a “can do” group.
The ADE experience shared by our students makes a positive difference through-out campus. Students greet visitors with smiles and handshakes, and it is noticed by all who step onto our campus.
Thank you so much for coming to my class last semester to teach my 10th graders about performing! During your time in my class, my students were actively engaged and challenged. When you first expressed interest in visiting my class for four to five days I was skeptical and upset that I was losing so much class time. However, with your innovative techniques, I soon changed my mind. Just during the first day, I saw my students come out of their shells and really get excited about performing. The students really love the techniques you use.
I feel like all the exercises your group did really helped the students with critical thinking: they had to look at their reading and break it down to figure out the best way to read it with inflection and feeling. I also liked the repetition; the students were able to practice their lines over and over. In addition, I liked the way every day you came in, you built on their knowledge, taking the art of performing one step at a time.
I feel like my students really benefited from this experience and will use the knowledge they gained in other classes when giving an oral presentations. I wished that you would have come earlier in the semester, or that I would have known about you all earlier, so I could have saved the play we read together until after your visit. As it was, we read the play, and it was dreadfully boring with students reading in monotone most of the time. I feel like this experience would have made a huge difference in acting out the play if we had done it sooner.
This experience was a very positive one for me, and would love for you to visit my classroom again sometime. Thank you so much for opening my eyes to your unique technique that the students respond to so well. If you need anything, let me know!
I believe in T-Shirt Theater and the Alliance for Drama Education. Balance is created through the Arts. It integrates, exhilarates, and promotes life as we oftentimes neglect to acknowledge…the truth, the talents, and a peek through tomorrow’s new society.
I believe in investing wisely. Our children deserve our support. Every year I complete an AUW Donor’s form to the Alliance for Drama Education. I excite my colleagues to also designate their dollars to this valued cause. I wholeheartedly encourage my students to nurture their talents through T-Shirt Theater. It is a portal to opportunities unimaginable by today’s standards. It is a dimension in itself.
Both of you are doing a fabulous job in creating that stage of success and esteem in our young adults. I applaud and commend you both for contributing to our youth in a language everyone can understand.
May you have a fruitful year blessed with lychee!
It’s fun when everyone respects you and no one teases. You taught me things I will never forget.
I believe in ADE. Years ago when I was its president, George and Walt challenged me to put my dream of a Castle Performing Arts Center on paper. A year later that dream became a reality… And brother, look at what it is today! ADE helps me reach more kids… Won’t you support ADE?!