TAP Teaching Artist, Amy Downing, talks about her first semester at The Ann Richards’ School for Girls
My experience as a Youth 4 Youth teacher has been amazing this semester. The definite high light was taking the students from The Ann Richards’ School for Girls to the One Act Play Festival at Akins High School. The girls were fabulous at the festival. They grew so much over the semester. Their attention to detail, sharp blocking, commitment to the story and to one another was so apparent. Above all, they definitely felt great about their work and are fired up for next semester.
All the girls listening to Amy during rehearsal.
This group started out very creative, but there were definitely a few more daring girls. What has impressed and excited me the most is how many of the students who started out more timid have grown! They dared to do things they never dreamed of and after facing the challenges of this semester, they seem even more eager to take more artistic risks. Many of them were motivated to bring up their grades to perform. They also want more lines as their stage confidence grows. And many of the girls who barely spoke at the beginning of class are now talking about writing a play next semester!
Over all, I am so inspired by their bravery, their commitment, their passion, and their creativity. I cannot wait until next semester!