Okay - so this was right in my area! My background is in the arts, and I get to start a theater program at my school next year! Personally, I think that the arts and gifted students go hand in hand. See comments!
"Acting is not about dressing up. Acting is about stripping bare. The whole essence of learning lines is to forget them so you can make them sound like you just thought of them that instant." -- Glenda Jackson