I was thrilled to see the article about the Sinai Schools (“Seeing Sinai,” January 31) and that it discussed how the arts can make a significant impact with the students. I am the artistic director/founder of Envision Theater, an educational theater company. We bring theater programming to Jewish day schools in New Jersey and New York and have had the opportunity to run the theater program at the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy in Livingston since September.
My team and I are thrilled with the tremendous success of the theater program at Kushner. A theater program is a terrific equalizer for students of all abilities to work both on stage and behind the scenes. A theater program also allows students to work collaboratively to create a work of art while showcasing a myriad of skills. This creates a community unlike any other team or after school activity. Students are given the opportunity to grow skills as 21st-century learners, which will help them in all aspects of their lives. Students will gain self-esteem, confidence, team work experience, critical thinking skills, and communication skills and express their creativity – all while having fun with their peers. I look forward to seeing continued growth with all of my theater students