(WTNH) — A Trumbull teen is passing on his passion and all its benefits.
“The inspiration stemmed from my love for theatre. I think it’s a great way to build social skills. I know that it helped me kind of break that social anxiety barrier I had,” said Anand Choudhary of Trumbull.
During his time at Discovery Interdistrict Magnet School in Bridgeport, 17-year-old Choudhary was introduced to the world of performing arts.
“Starting at such a young age I think is so important because you get to learn how to express yourself through art.”
Today, the theatre program no longer exists at the magnet school. So like a true actor, Anand got creative and is giving back.
“I was able to start a program there for kids between ages 11 and 13. They put a smile on my face every day.”
Through Bridgeport’s Lighthouse Program, he and two friends visit “three days a week for two hours each day. We do improv games and exercises, and sometimes we give them scripts and scenes and kind of re-introduce theater to the school.”
They remind students that “You’re here for the sole purpose of creating something beautiful and something meaningful that you can share with other people.”
It’s something extra special these days.
“It was a tough year for a lot of people, and I think the arts and theater especially is a nice way to slowly thaw that ice that we all built around ourselves during the past year.”
Anand, now a student at Hopkins School in New Haven, hopes that his legacy will continue come the school year and that eventually theatre will be brought back to Discovery Interdistrict Magnet School.