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  1. Great article that gives me things to think about while I help out with my wife’s multimillion dollar high school theatre. While it’s important not to forget your privilege and to not replace creativity, problem solving, and hard work with off-the-shelf solutions, I think there’s also something to be said for getting the “high tech” education, which includes skills that you can bring to a future “low tech” situation.

    We need a “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” for high school theatre! Our kids are missing out on some of the DIY pride, and the “simpler” schools are missing out on experience with modern tech.

  2. This post speaks volumes to me as a graduate drama teacher. Working in a small state school I have began wishing we had more resources to work with. Justin, your post brings drama teaching back into perspective and relates it back to the experience of the student and what they want to get out of it, rather then the teacher or the school staff. Thank you. This will hang on my wall and remind me of the purpose of our drama program.

  3. Totally agree. Working with less develops creativity. With duct tape, a hot glue gun, iron-on hemming, a thrift shop and paint we have created a setting and costumes that did not take away from performances but added just enough to enhance the acting. Thanks for your articles.