It’s Thursday and, of course, that means it’s Throwback Thursday: Rose Edition! This week we have the pleasure of talking to Chloe Langford about her experiences in theater and how they have changed her life!
First of all, Chloe is one of the 3 contract teaching artists that The Rose hired this year. But before that, Chloe is no stranger to The Rose. She spend the summer of 2015 as one of the Summer Education Interns and then came back for the 2016-17 season as an Education Fellow.
As a contract Teaching Artist at The Rose, Chloe finds herself teaching and co-teaching classes, camps and leading drama club. Chloe also makes appearances onstage in Rose productions throughout the season.
That may be considered enough of a backstory–let’s get to the throwback, shall we?
We asked Chloe, like we do, to share her first theatrical experience with us. Her answer is nothing less than what one would expect. She told us:
“The first real theater experience that I can remember being a part of was in fourth grade. I played a wounded bird from a story in our reading books. Our classroom teacher had us act out the story throughout the week. I made such a big deal about it and asked that we made it a public performance. My teacher was so sweet–we had a Friday performance set up in the gymnasium last minute, and my mom took her lunch break early to come watch the class performance.”
Chloe has made theater and education a career and has witnessed in her life, and in others, how theater can impact everyday living and decision making. When we asked her to share how it has impacted her personally she told us:
“Theater has taught me to work hard and help others around me to look their best. If everyone is giving it their all for the group, so much is accomplished.”
And she is definitely not wrong. Theater is a group effort–always. There is no one part of theater that can exist on its own without the help of others. If anything, Theater teaches people how to be team players and to work together for the good of the group–not just for oneself.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us, Chloe! And thank you for all that you do for the students who come to The Rose!