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ERIC Number: ED309466
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Pages: 11
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Managing a Responsive and Responsible Theatre Production Program in a Small College.
Buzza, David T.
In dealing with a small college theater production program the first thing to consider is the aim and purpose of the program and how this fits in with the goals and mission of the department and the college. The main goal of the program should be the education of students--both those involved in the production, and those who will see performances--and this education should be part of the overall liberal arts experience, while also providing an education in the practical work of staging a production. Theater professionals have the responsibility of convincing colleagues and administrators of the validity and educational value of the production experience by providing information, granting academic credit for production work, and making others aware of the teaching involved in many stages of every production. A small theater department requires staff with skills balanced between the classroom and the stage, and workloads balanced between teaching and production. Administrators should be kept informed of rising show expenses, and departments should do finished productions, whether expensive or cheap. Selection of plays for a season must consider many factors. Wise and thoughtful play selection can enhance the educational respect of the department, build an audience, attract students to participate, and accomplish the major goal of education through production. (Suggested sources for program assistance are attached.) (SR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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