Individuals who study theatre or other arts related fields are usually the subject of stereotypes or assumptions from outsiders and these misunderstandings often prevent people from fully appreciating and understanding the value of theatre.
The University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) Head of Department (HOD) for Theatre Arts, Edith Monagi stated that some of the misconceptions people have towards theatre and thespians include the assumption that, acting is the only job available.
“Many people believe that theatre is all about acting but there are actually many other roles involved in theatre production, such as producers, directors, musicians, choreographers, and art directors.”
Assumptions towards character and the thespian community in general is also common.
“Some people believe that theatre majors have an easy major and are lazy but in reality, theatre majors work hard and have to balance many different skills, such as acting, directing, and technical production.”
“Another misconception is that all theatre majors are divas and have huge egos, but in fact theatre majors, come from all walks of life and have different personalities and backgrounds. Theatre is not just for theatre people.”
Monagi said that by debunking these misconceptions, we can promote a better understanding of theatre and thespians.