Like many students at First Stage Theater Academy, Dyamond Jackson’s passion for theater and enthusiasm in class is contagious. Just like her Theater Academy classmates in the DM6 group, the 12-year-old travels from class to class, ready to devote 100% of her focus and energy to the day’s activities. What sets her apart from her classmates, however, is her remarkable initiative. These past two weeks—and throughout her young artistic career—Dyamond has proved that taking risks creates opportunities to shine.
|Dyamond (far right) and two of her classmates |
at First Stage
Many young people are intimidated by Shakespeare’s language because it is difficult to comprehend. Dyamond felt this way when she first learned about the bard, but then inspiration hit. “He wrote all of these plays: comedies, tragedies and histories,” she lists. “We read part of Macbeth—how did he think of those ideas?—and Sonnet 18.” This particular poem intrigued Dyamond. “Once we learned to understand the language…I read [that sonnet] all day.”
|Dyamond in Acting Theory class at First Stage|
What advice does Dyamond have for kids who want to try theater but are afraid to take such a risk? She cites a line from a poem as one of her own inspirations: “You are stronger because you wanted to be,” she recites. Dyamond encourages everyone to “take risks, no matter what people say to you…even if they doubt you. Use that to tell yourself to try.”