Why Study Theatre?
Instructions: Suppose that Saint Leo University was considering doing away with all theatre classes,
even for non-English majors. (This is not really under consideration, thank goodness! This scenario is
Your assignment is to write a letter to the President and Board of Trustees outlining the benefits of
studying theatre, keeping our core values in mind. What have you learned about the theatre this term that
could help you communicate the value of this ancient art form? How can you apply some of the skills of
this craft to other areas of your life/career? How does participation in and patronage of the theatre reflect
our core values? This is a persuasive piece, so make sure you support your claims with thoughtful details.
The paper must be:
In 12-point font
Between 500 and 1000 words
While this is a letter, it should reflect standard essay form with consideration to purpose, question at
issue, assumptions, etc. See the rubric on the next page for grading criteria (worth up to 100 points).
Submit this assignment to the Dropbox no later than Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT of Module 8. (This
Dropbox basket is linked to Turnitin.)
“The drama is not dead but liveth, and contains the germs of better things.”
William Archer, About the Theatre