Date of Award

Fall 1969

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Communication

First Advisor

Sokolnicki, Alfred

Second Advisor

Jones, Leo

Third Advisor

Siettmann, James P.

Abstract

In order to have art we must have artists. Although this is a simple, logical statement, the author feels that its implication are either being lost or ignored by society today. In order to have artists in the future, there must be time in the present that will allow the potentially talented young person to go more into depth in areas of interest that are his. The author feels that from knowledge gained during years of teaching drama that this in-depth study is impossible during the secondary school years. This impossibility stems from three reasons. 1. Students are continually faced with course requirements that allow for little work on an elective basis. 2. Time allotments per class period are generally geared to subjects that can be taught within a fifty-five minute period. Time periods such as this do not allow the teacher working in the creative arts the needed time to discover the talents of his students, much less allow those students time to experiment with their talents. 3. Because of the structured learning process prevalent in today's secondary schools, the training that exists in the area of the arts, and for the purposes of this paper, especially the area of drama, is at best on a piecemeal basis. It is for this reason that we propose to establish a developmental training program in drama that will stimulate the young person to and prepare him for a continuing commitment in that field. This program would operate during the summer months and would provide for an accurate understanding of all the theatre arts. Students would thus be enabled to form a realistic concept of the demands of a career in the theatre. The goal of this project is to find the most efficient structuring of theatre activities to meet the above objectives.

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