Modern Theatre Company Formation: A Fundamental Paradigmatic Shift in the Theatre
Greene, Tyler James
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The culmination of my research is a specific plan detailing suggestions for confronting the static theatre. Hopefully, the research will serve as a conduit for conversation. It is not fail safe, nor is it a set-in-stone guideline for success. It is informed by four of the top theatre professionals in the country and a careful attention to the trends and developments in the industry over the past four years of my personal involvement. I am making some fairly drastic claims and, at first, they are based on personal conjecture and experience. In order to give a broader context, I will preface the conjecture with a detailed analysis of the path that I've followed and attempt to trace the downfall of my faith in the industry. I entered Kalamazoo College as a freshman, young, impressionable and open in my "quest for divine understanding." I received a scholarship from the college for my acting ability. I had plans on becoming the next big college theatre star. And that lasted for about two days. I quickly realized that theatre is a business, a very social business. It is not all about "Drama Parties" and cast outings at Denny's. It is about long hours, tough commitments and a ridiculous attention to detail. I saw glimpses of my future projected through my advisors plans for my academic pursuits. It was a positive but completely foreign realization. Over the next year and a half, I studied dramatic literature, honed my acting ability in classes and productions, performed improvisational comedy and worked within the theatre administration office. I trusted that theatre extended into the professional and non-academic world and I craved for an opportunity to become a part of it.
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