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UH Moment: “UH School of Theatre and Dance”

American educator, critic and author Robert Brustein said “The primary function of a theater is not to please itself, or even to please its audience. It is to serve talent.” That’s especially true at the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance, where talent is not only served, it’s nurtured.  Hear about it in this UH Moment.

Water poured into a newly built deck and pool will become the main stage for a performance at the UH School of Theatre and Dance.  It is an intricate construction designed to lift the audience into another world.  Similarly, the School’s new Theatre for Young Audiences lifts new drama fans away from the world of video games and into one of theater.

“I think you can use theater to touch on every subject across the curriculum.  It can be a great inspiration to kids not only to get them to read, but to motivate them in other subject areas,” said Jackie deMontmollin, associate director of theater education.      

The UH School of Theatre's production of HolesThe new Theatre for Young Audiences engages children and teens by having them attend a production and then applying the experience to other school subjects.  Teacher support materials relate the production to math, English and art lessons, and include information on theater etiquette.  deMontmollin says the school is working to collaborate with school districts and other UH colleges.  Theatre for Young Audiences’ productions will be twice a year, on campus and in the community.

“There is learning for our students at the university level and for students out in the school system,” said deMontmollin.  “It really creates a bridge between the University of Houston and the greater Houston community.”

Theatre for Young Audiences is part of what’s happening at the University of Houston. I’m Marisa Ramirez. 

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