10. Math?


Yes! Theatre teaches important math skills, often with out the students realizing it. I know you might be thinking that technical theatre is the only way that you use math in the theatre classroom. Even though you might use more math in sound, carpentry, and electrics there are still many aspects of theatre that you use basic math skills. It is true that musical theatre may have more math than non-musical theatre, but math is still involved in non-musical theatre. Stage managers, actors, and directors must be able to time music and cues. They must be able to understand budgets, rehearsal times, fitting sizes, and many more things that require math as a basic skill.

Using theatre as a means to teach mathematical subjects makes class more interesting and enables greater learning for students. Theatrical approaches can be used for other educational subjects too, but as a former student who struggled in trying to understanding mathematical concepts. For many students, studying math concepts for extended periods of time causes numbers to blur together, especially if they are confused. If students are taught in a more entertaining, hands-on way using theatrical methods, they probably would have the mental energy to stay focused, and therefore, certain concepts would not have taken so long for them to grasp the concepts.[1] Laura Cole Suggest many different ways of incorporating theatre into mathematics. lead younger students in “action songs” that focus on numbers and counting, create an environment of imagination and pretend even in daily math activities, theatre games, improvisation, and skits.[2] As it has been with most of the subject theatre can be applied to the principal benefit to the students is the ability to get up and get moving.

[1] Cole, Laura. “Teaching Mathematics in the Classroom through Theatre.” Broadway             Educators. N.p., 27 May 2013. Web. 23 Mar. 2016.

[2] ibid