Keegan Cassady

Theatre Professional

Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis


So,

Rocket Science and Theatre never really seemed to gel.  Until I got to thinking:

a) what is it that Engineers can’t do that theatre people can?

b) what is it that Theatre People can’t do that engineers can?

a) socialize.

b) tech.

by socialize, I mean, Theatre People (actors especially, also dancers and other performers) are taught to Improvise, get in touch with their Emotions and even be able to call them up or, if feeling them, Analyze the Feeling.  they are studied in the Manipulation of their Selves – both Feelings and Physicalities – which enable them, if they so choose, to Express themselves articulately and effectively.

by tech, I mean Engineers are trained to work with Mechanics, of whatever variety, and Understand how the World around them works.  They can Manipulate space and time (or use their advanced Understanding of the interaction between the two) to Change the World around them.

Theatre People don’t always know how to change the world around them, but they certainly can express themselves.

Engineers can do wonders with technology and comprehension, but don’t always know how to say the things they mean to say as they mean to say them.

Synthesis: An Acting Therapy Group designed to help engineers which also gets tech- savvy people interested in local theatre endeavors and gives engineers a Productive Hobby.  An eye for an eye helping the world see better, if you will.

The overall idea could be very cool.  I wonder if anyone is already doing something like this… research time!!!

5 responses to “Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis

  1. vired October 19, 2009 at 4:36 am

    Not exactly what you suggested but sort of related… I am a theatre person, studying to be an engineer at college. It can be done.

    • cassady87 October 19, 2009 at 7:51 pm

      I hope so. I think that there might be an additional niche for Theatre education, however, in the idea of expression therapy. My dad works with a lot of engineers who, while excellent with programs and technology, don’t always express themselves the best. I think the theatrical process of self-acknowledgment might help with that.

      As for your studying to be an engineer, that’s awesome. Are you more on the tech side or the performing side of theatre?

      • vired October 19, 2009 at 11:21 pm

        The tech side? God no. I think you’ve grossly overestimated my position on the totem pole. The kind of theatre my friends and I do would be like to have a few costumes and some music, let alone a whole tech side. Tends to be very minimalistic stuff for reasons that should be obvious to anyone who’s ever been a penniless student.

  2. vired October 19, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    EDIT: Errors. I hate errors. Fixed ’em. Delete the earlier one if you want.

    The tech side? God no. I think you’ve grossly overestimated my position on the theatre totem pole. The kind of theatre my friends and I do would be lucky to have a few costumes and some music, let alone a whole tech side. Tends to be very minimalistic stuff for reasons that should be obvious to anyone who’s ever been a penniless student.

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