Education K-12 M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Wilson, Louise


Education is the key to success in life. To have that success, 21st century skills are needed to be successful in most careers. Some of these skills consist of: team work, collaboration, communication, creativity, problem solving skills, and improvisation. How does a student learn these skills needed for life? Theatre arts. How does theatre arts impact student learning in the 21st century? This thesis bridges the understanding of how theatre arts plays a role into both how students learn academic core subject areas such as literacy and reading and how theatre arts helps students learn 21st century skills needed for life. The research focuses on how theatre arts impacts literacy and reading, 21st century skills, storytelling, and results from professional interviews. Articles as well as interviews document how beneficial theatre arts is for students and how teachers can make a difference in a student’s life by incorporating theatre into the classroom. The application piece provides activities that teachers of all grades, ages, and ability levels can do in their classrooms to foster this learning. The purpose of the study is to understand what skills students learn from theatre, how it can be used in the classroom and ultimately beyond.

Degree Name

Education K-12 M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis