There is a lot of established research about the positive influences from drama, theatre and the performing arts on young people. The benefits are physical, emotional, social, and they help to develop a healthy appreciation of culture and the arts. Students benefit in many ways including improved self-confidence, imagination, empathy for others, co-operation, concentration, communication skills and improved memory. Being on a stage, whether alone or with others, is a daunting experience. These challenging experiences help develop children in to young adults, giving them the characteristics to succeed in life and work.
HD students benefit from the unique opportunity to experience both Eastern and Western genres of theatre. Our students learn about Stanislavsky’s system for actor training, preparation and rehearsal technique. The environment is very active and stimulating, encouraging creativity and theatrical improvisation. In HD Ningbo, more than 100 students have participated in the drama club and 7 large-scale performances have been performed. In 2018, the school founded its Illume Theater.