ERIC Number: ED416536
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Nov-21
The Training of Undergraduates in Theater Technology and Design: What the Industry Expects.
Because technology has changed entertainment, what was once simply a humanistic art form has turned into a large industry. Everyone from politicians to corporate executives is using theater technology to get his or her message out in the most powerful way possible. Two primary points in preparing theater graduates to enter this industry should be: (1) that they have a broad knowledge base in liberal arts and (2) they must be able to synthesize everything from a passage from Shakespeare, to conflict resolution, to understanding federal and state regulations, to programming an automated lighting system, to negotiating with a teamster. While there may be specialists in all these areas, theater graduates will need to communicate and understand a variety of knowledge and be able to synthesize it in service of the successful event. This requires not just information, but the ability to learn and adapt for the duration of their careers. The mastering of change will be the key to success in the future of the industry. (CR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association (83rd, Chicago, IL, November 19-23, 1997).