Theatre as the Essential Liberal Art in the American University (Studies in Theatre Arts v. 16)

Theatre as the Essential Liberal Art in the American University (Studies in Theatre Arts v. 16)

By: Thomas H. Gressler (author)Hardback

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This work constructs a unified theory of educational theatre and suggests ways in which that theory may apply to everything from curriculum to educational theatre design. Part One investigates learning theories and suggests that educational theatre might be a nearly perfect paradigm for those theories. Part Two offers a sample curriculum and what that curriculum requires of the theatre facility. While supporting the possibility that a minority of students might achieve a career in theatre, it stresses the reality that most will not. Preparing this majority - through theatre education - for a broader array of futures requires a reassessment of goals and resources.


Why is it essential? The liberal arts in the theatre curriculum. How does theatre provide exceptional learning opportunities?: experiential learning theory of David Kolb; experiential learning and theatre education; multiple intelligences and theatre education; emotional intelligences and theatre education; good practice in undergraduate education; integrated learning. The product versus process dilemma: product approach; process approach; excellence in college theatre; liberal arts theatre education and the real world. The liberal arts theatre curriculum and its learning/performing facility: curriculum - performance; design, history, specialty courses, integration; electives; practica; facility - purpose, main spaces, stage, acting/directing classroom; design classroom; make-up classroom; business/promotion classroom; other; semiotics of educational theatre spaces. Obstacles and challenges to educational theatre: prejudice; ignorance; materialism; difficulty of making cognitive judgements; challenges; hope for the future; burnout. So why do we do it?

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  • ISBN13: 9780773471825
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9780773471825
  • ISBN10: 0773471820

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