Theatre Arts studies offer students the opportunity to work in a collaborative environment where they can enhance artistic and creative talents, develop problem-solving strategies, foster communication skills, and overcome personal limitations. The exploration of theatre enables students to understand and express life experiences while developing an awareness and appreciation of cultural and historical diversity. The creation of theatre helps them learn to make informed personal and aesthetic choices throughout their lives. Theatre Arts studies provide a variety of experiences for students of all abilities and backgrounds, and are equally suited for students who choose to pursue the theatre as a career or an avocation. Stagecraft and Introduction to Acting are open to all students, but other courses have prerequisites for enrollment. Most students enrolled in Theatre Arts classes will participate to some degree outside of regularly scheduled class time on productions.