The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) has chosen the Westminster High School theater program to participate in a two-year program to monitor and analyze the impact that theater has on a student’s academic career.
It’s another recognition of the success of the CenterStage Theatre Company and an example of the growing number of partnerships between WPS and the arts community.
The study is a collaborative effort between DCPA and Theatre Forward which is a program dedicated to giving high school students access to theatre programs and enriching their lives. The partnership was profiled last month in the Denver Post.
“We know that being involved in arts programming is impactful for student growth. It’s just really hard to track,” Allison Watrous, director of education at the Denver Center told the Denver Post. ”Theater can teach students 21st century skills including team collaboration, problem solving and working in high pressure situations.”
And while educators are well aware of the value of extracurricular activities in keeping students engaged and coming to school, this study will try to quantify its importance. The study will track student progress and monitor attendance and other key measures of success.
If the research finds evidence of success, the study can be used to argue for additional funding for theater arts programs.
Congratulations to everyone in the CenterStage Theatre Company!