Founded in 1573, the Jesuit School inspired sensitivity to art and science in its students. Although it was erected to house a school, the history of theatre in Poznań began in this building. The Jesuits had two reasons to use drama in their schools. Firstly, they found it to be the best way to communicate important messages in an easily understandable manner. Thus, the theatre played a role filled today by the mass media. Secondly, they sought to encourage their student-actors to become good public speakers. The school’s courtyard became one of Poznań’s first theatrical stages. Around 1782, the stage was taken by Wojciech Bogusławski, the father of Polish drama, along with his troupe.