ERIC Number: ED272959
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-May-3
Reference Count: 0
Present Status of Theatre Programs in the Community College.
Carroll, Cyril J.
Forty-two community colleges and one four-year college responded to a survey requesting information about theatre programs. The colleges ranged in size from a low of 395 students to a high of 30,000. The results of the survey indicated that theatre courses were required of communication majors at only one college, and were electives at the remaining 41. Thirty-one stated that they offered theatre as a major or a concentration, while 11 had no theatre major. Theatre class size ranged from 4 to 46, with most in the 15 to 20 student range. Most theatre departments had one to three instructors on the faculty, while two departments offered no tenure for theatre faculty. Thirty-six departments indicated that the teaching load for full-time faculty was either 12 or 15 hours, 18 departments offered no release time for directing or technical work on theatrical production, and a very large number of departments reported receiving no compensation for directing or designing a production. A proscenium stage theatre was available on 34 campuses; 10 had thrust stages, and 8 had arena stages. Audience seating capacity ranged from 100 to 1,700. Most departments reported that the majority of their audience came from the local community. The number of productions varied from two per year to four per semester, while 16 colleges produced plays during the summer session. Publicity appeared to be the most neglected budget area. Curricula included international studies, music theatre, mime, children's theater, acting for television, puppetry, and theater history. (Tables of data are included.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association (77th, Atlantic City, NJ, April 30-May 3, 1986).