By Swagi Desai, SFU student
Shakespeare once wrote, “The whole world is a stage, and all men and women are but players.” But for most SFU students, that line literally can’t be. Our school is an exception in the college community, hosting no all-major, all-inclusive, no-experience required, and no-judgment drama clubs on any campus. And that’s a shame !
Now SFU Is have a long and excellent list of academic theater programs at Vancouver’s School of Contemporary Arts, but there’s no widely accessible, all-inclusive, major drama club. The University of Waterloothe University of Torontoand the University of Victoria all have drama clubs. Why not SFU? To be fair, a few years ago some like-minded people started the SFU Improv Club. But, unfortunately, the group closed late 2019. Now, however, as people have been vaccinated and we can implement the safety plans up our sleeves, students are looking try new things !
Small groups of people from different departments could meet to play theater game or assstart small productions! They could play their favorite characters or recite their favorite stories. Common interests could be found and friendships could be formed. Original stories could be constructed by those who have stories to tell. Various stories from the cultures of the participants could be presented. Resourceful participants could put together makeshift costumes and props. Funny behind-the-scenes stories could create such wonderful memories.
The club could also help students in areas other than acting. Members could tackle their fear of the stage. We could add public speaking to our resumes. All of business organization, planning and management could provide several opportunities to improve one’s team building and leadership skills.
And as a final call to action, our lack of an inclusive drama club means we are falling behind UBC. The UBC Players Club has been in action since 1915. Their club website define the mission, including their determination to be a safe, inclusive, and accessible place for students of all majors. Instead of falling short of the UBC curriculum, we need to step up and start our own drama club! And if not now, then when!?