The Importance of Storytelling

Thespians understand the importance of repetition: in order to know a story you must repeat it. You listen to your favorite song on repeat, we commemorate holidays annually, and children delight to hear their favorite tales over and over.

I find storytelling to be at the utmost importance in measuring the effect and longevity of culture. Wives tales, ghost stories and fairy tales are all reflections of the society in which they take place, in addition to what values are carried through generations. Furthermore, it is because of storytelling that so many industries are able to have widespread success and influence. It is the expression of our legacies, lessons and histories that ensure cultural identity remains intact – akin to passing on our genetic code – because the stories that make up our development can determine what our future will be.

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