Hear from past students and teachers about the benefits of EPIC, Silk Road Rising's arts-learning residency that gives Chicago middle and high school students a deep understanding of empathy and playwriting.
Because of EPIC, I have a more open mindset. Instead of drawing conclusions about others, I’ll try to understand why they’re doing what they’re doing.
Before EPIC, I didn’t know I could write a play. Now, I’m less shy and want to express myself even more! I will keep writing plays to share my story with others.
When we first read about King Louis XVI in our textbook, I thought that he was this terrible guy. After writing from his point of view, I got to see his side of history and better understood his perspective.
EPIC filled in a gap in my own approach to teaching. I was able to engage with students on a different level and really saw the classroom dynamic change.
I was truly impressed by the casting and the performances in the staged readings. My students found great pride in watching their work come to life and even mentioned wanting to use theatre to create positive change in our school.
I was excited by the opportunity to infuse my curriculum with arts learning. Students who were normally disengaged were suddenly participating in ways I’d never imagined!