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Date of Award

Spring 2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department

School of Theatre and Dance

Advisor(s)

Ben Lambert

Kate Arecchi

Zachary Dorsey

Mary O'Donnell

Abstract

In my research, I studied four theatrical forms: applied theatre and devising, creative drama, arts integration, and comprehensive theatre education. The purpose of studying these forms was to uncover how the forms and their corresponding pedagogies provide a Teaching Artist with skills to create an educational experience for youth. My creative project, teaching a theatre class for homeschool students, was a way to further my research by implementing what I learned while studying the forms. The goal of my creative project was to develop an environment where young people could successfully create theatre that was relevant to their life experiences. I studied these forms by reading books and articles, conducting interviews, observing classes, and engaging in participatory action research. Through my analysis of research, I found that understanding the functions of these forms helped me to uncover which contexts the forms would work best in. I also discovered that the forms all work in tandem to provide a teaching artist with the tools they need to have a holistic practice.

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