Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Theatre & Dance

First Advisor

Beth Osnes

Second Advisor

Marcos Steuernagel

Abstract

The present study investigates the impact of interactive theatre on the University of Colorado at Boulder (UCB) community, using ITP (Interactive Theatre Project) – an UCB ensemble on campus from 1999 to 2015 – as a case study. Arranged to immerse the reader in a typical ITP week, the chapters of this thesis delineate my observations and experiences as an ensemble member and graduate student. This study explores the impact of ITP on the participants and ensemble members. From my narrative – coupled with previous knowledge about ITP and a strong applied theatre foundational framework – I defend that interactive theatre is beneficial to the University campus by fostering collaboration, democratic participation, and a sense of belonging within the ensemble, as well as by addressing social issues that invite critical dialogue from audience and community members. I make recommendations to establish an interdisciplinary, research-informed, interactive theatre group on our campus.

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