The Advantages of Introducing Drama to Teens

By Eliza Martinez
Acting is beneficial for a teen's self-esteem.
Acting is beneficial for a teen's self-esteem.

A great majority of the teen years are rife with drama. Your teen is likely caught up in the daily minutiae of who's wearing what, who has a crush on whom and who betrayed the other. You'd probably like to avoid this type of drama at all costs, but drama of a different sort has many benefits for teens. Exposing your teen to the arts, which includes theater and acting, can have a long-lasting impact on his life.

Cognitive Advantages

In many ways, acting boosts your teen's cognitive skills. Playing the part of her assigned character improves your teen's creativity skills and expands her imagination. As she takes on her role, she must instill a personality and way of speaking that is different from her own. Drama can also enhance concentration by helping your teen learn to focus her mind and body, according to the Drama Education Network. For teens who struggle with reading, writing and spelling, reading and memorizing the lines of a play offer the opportunity to practice those skills. Drama is also beneficial for problem solving and self-discipline.

Social Advantages

The social benefits of drama extend to both shy and outgoing teens. Working with the rest of the cast during practice and performances boosts teamwork, cooperation and communication skills, notes the Drama Education Network. Working together with other teens gives your child the chance to practice verbal and nonverbal communication skills and work on social interactions with a number of other people. Drama is also ideal for helping teens take on leadership roles, the Universal Teacher website explains. Taking part in drama helps teen learn to trust others and exposes them to cultures and social issues that differ from their own.

Emotional Advantages

Drama has several benefits when it comes to your teen's emotional development. When a teen takes part in a play or musical, it gives him an outlet for his feelings in a safe and non-judgmental setting. Acting also enhances self-esteem by allowing teens to trust their own ideas and talents, notes the Drama Education Network. Dealing with the disappointment that comes with missing out on a coveted role also helps teens learn to deal with competition and gives them the motivation to work harder the next time around, adds the website.

Physical Advantages

Teens who take part in drama work their bodies in physical ways, too. Creating and setting up scenery activates many body muscles, and moving around on stage keeps your teen active and burning calories. The physical requirements of drama enhance flexibility, coordination, balance and body control, according to the Drama Education Network. Encourage your teen to combine her time on stage with a healthy diet and exercise to maximize the physical benefits of drama.

About the Author

Eliza Martinez has written for print and online publications. She covers a variety of topics, including parenting, nutrition, mental health, gardening, food and crafts. Martinez holds a master's degree in psychology.