Humor in Action

Scholarship Entrant: Jacob from Brookfield, WI
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Jacob: 518

Oscar Wilde once said,“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.” And when (humor) combined with the performing arts and politics, the trio are a powerful force capable of bringing about real, positive change.

At my core I am many things: an actor, teacher and political scientist. That is why I plan to travel the country with a political, satirical, humor-filled performing arts troupe, to live out my passions while educating and motivating people about important issues.

To make my dream a reality, I would gather a team of playwrights, political scientists and actors to research and write a series of short plays about issues that matter. These plays could range from providing an overview of an entire issue to a very specific, detailed part of another, but all would employ elements of humor and satire to bring awareness to these important causes.

The performing arts troupe would perform anywhere people would listen including theaters, coffee shops and school cafeterias. At the end of each performance, audience members would receive a pamphlet with a list of organizations and causes they could get involved with based on issues presented in the plays.

In our current hyper-partisan political environment, it can be easy to become discouraged with politics. But by using humor, mixed with the performing arts, I am living out my passions while creating an accessible medium through which people can learn about and potentially get involved with important issues.

Vote for Jacob: 518

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