Louisville business owner teaching kids about life through performing arts
A local business owner makes hundreds of school visits around Kentuckiana.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A local business owner who makes hundreds of schools visits around Kentuckiana is teaching students about life through performing arts.
Attention to detail is one of George Halitzka's specialties. "I was a TV production major in college, but when I got out of college, I was actually like, 'I'm good with kids, I'm good with teens.' I never thought I was, but it just sort of happened that way," Halitzka said.
In 2007, he decided to use his creative side in a meaningful way. "It was really a desire to have an impact on things that I was concerned about when I was a kid like being bullied."
He started Drama by George, an educational theater company. "It's doing the performing arts in a way that also teaches students about character values, things that they need like resilience or bullying prevention or compassion and empathy or responsibility."
He recently introduced a new game show into his performance, a way to teach kids how to bounce back. "That's a really important skill to have and I think it's a skill that's really gotten attention in these last few years because sometimes even very intelligent kids, they get the message that you have to look smart all the time. You have to always be on."
Halitzka has performed hundreds of times. "I think the need for it is always going to be there because especially when we talk about things like bullying prevention," Halitzka said. "As long as kids are kids, there's always going to be a fresh generation coming up that are always going to be need those qualities."
Schools like St. Andrews Academy are thankful to have him. "Counselors go in the classrooms every day, but this, the kids get to play and learn, and that's how they learn the best," said Stephanie Blandford, Counselor and Learning Coordinator at St. Andrews Academy.
His efforts seem to be working with constant reminders from the audience on how Halitzka is impacting the next generation. "That's really what it is. It's really investing in the lives of these kids who are going to grow up to be future leaders and that's, I think, one of the most powerful things that you can do with yourself," Halitzka said.
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