Restoring Dramatic Arts Education

The Actors Hall of Fame President, Rusty Citron, discussing dramatic arts education with students from USC.

 The Actors Hall of Fame’s Board of Electors has released the names of the 30 actors who have been nominated for Induction to The Actors Hall of Fame., it was announced today by AHOF Chairman, Rusty Citron.

The nominees are: Alan Arkin, Alan Alda, Barbra Streisand, Bob Hope, Burt Lancaster, Carroll O’Connor, Charlton Heston, Danny Kaye, David Niven, Deborah Kerr, Harrison Ford, Jane Fonda, John Lithgow, Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Kevin Costner, Martin Sheen, Mickey Rooney, Nathan Lane, Nina Foch, Ricardo Montalban, Robert Downey, Jr., Rod Steiger, Ruby Dee, Shelly Winters, Viola Davis, William Holden, Yul Brynner, Zero Mostel and Spencer Tracy.

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The Value of Dramatic Arts in Education

1. 74% of students have NO access to a dramatic arts education curriculum or programs. 

2. Students who study Shakespeare in grades 4-6, do better in math and science. 

3. 83% of ‘at risk’ students credit their decision to stay in school with participation in a dramatic arts program.

4. Students involved in drama performance coursework outscore non-arts students on the SAT by an average of 99 points.
5. Studying Shakespeare increases test scores by 40%/


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