ERIC Number: ED162356
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Professionalism in Theatre for Young Audiences: Definition, Training, Working Conditions, Standards.
Oaks, Harold R.
Interviews with representatives from ten foreign countries offer a base for the comparison of professionalism in children's theatre programs and indicate specific differences that exist in the United States and in each of the other countries. The United States differs from the other countries in its definition of professionalism, its lack of selectivity and specificity in theatre training, and its lack of program control and communication due to the number of schools offering undergraduate degrees in theatre. Countries that have permanent children's theatre groups include England, Yugoslavia, the German Democratic Republic, the Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Switzerland, South Africa, Australia, and Japan. The majority of these countries have professional companies where the participants are selected by audition and where the repertoire is aimed at a specific audience. Many countries have permanent theatres for the children's companies; however, in Switzerland, the companies tour the schools and have no theatres. Many participants indicate a need for standards regarding script quality, the quality of production, the training of performers, government financial support, and artistic integrity. (MAI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Theatre Association (New Orleans, Louisiana, August 13-16, 1978)