Drama creates confident and resilient students

The power of drama to build confidence, trust, strength and resilience is much in evidence at IGS.

As the School prepares for refurbishment to create the Centre for the Dramatic Arts later this year, Year 11 Dramatic Arts students Gabi and Ilse couldn’t be more excited about the upgrade. 

The IGS Giving Day, which will take place on Tuesday 20 August will help raise funds for the work and those wishing to contribute a tax deductible donation before the end of the financial year are invited to visit: www.charidy.com/igs or contact Julia Glass at juliag@igssyd.nsw.edu.au for more information. 

Gabi said since starting drama, she has seen an improvement in her confidence not only while performing but also in other subjects and in her personal life.

“I could see myself outside of drama being more confident in what I was saying, what my opinions are, and what I’m doing,” she said.

“I think that is why I am now doing drama as an HSC subject, because I have seen how it improved me as a person over the years and that’s been such a valuable skill to have.”

Drama builds confidence and teamwork.

“The kind of exercises you do and the people you surround yourself with can help you build confidence outside of the drama space and express who you are,” she said. “You become more sure of yourself.”

Gabi said her experience studying Dramatic Arts has also set her up to give speeches, presentations and clear communication.

“Thinking fast on your feet comes with drama,” Gabi said. “It helps you figure out what you’re best at, how to work in a group and hear everyone’s ideas and how to create the best work out of those ideas.

“If you’re working on a performance that’s just yourself, you learn to be self critical and resilient about the things you have to fix.”

Early donations will be recognised on the page on the Giving Day, unless donors wish to remain anonymous.