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Re-hear-sing Performative Traditions: Engaging With Cultural Practices in College Devised Theatre, 2020

Identifier: te_2020spring_thiel_john.pdf

Scope and Content Note

From the Series:

The series contains digital Master's theses perdominately from 2018 to present, however there are some older theses from 2010 and 2016. The theses consist of either a production book and a media component or solely a production book. The media components were originally submitted on CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays and changed to digital submissions in 2020.


  • 2020


Conditions Governing Use

The thesis is restricted due to FERPA, permission from the author is required before you can view the thesis.


104 pages (104 pages)

Language of Materials

From the record group: English

From the record group: Chinese

From the record group: Spanish; Castilian


"This thesis documents the methodology, findings, and theoretical underpinnings of a qualitative research study that investigates how a small sample of Emerson College undergraduate and graduate students engaged with cultural traditions from their upbringings in the devised theatre project 'What Moves Us,' which I directed in the spring of 2020. Recognizing in devised theatre the potential for intervention in college-level theatre practices that can privilege hegemonic cultural values and marginalize cultural practices from diverse communities, I examine the successes and challenges of creating space within 'What Moves Us' for the celebration of and critical reflection on performative cultural traditions through a process of mapping cultural assets. In contextualizing findings that indicate that participants' engagement with cultural traditions promoted ensemble unity and connection with home communities, I argue for increased engagement with cultural traditions in devised theatre practice and equitable engagement with culture in the systems and structures of higher education." -- Abstract

Physical Location

RG 010.01D Performing Arts

Physical Description

104 pages

Repository Details

Part of the Emerson College Archives and Special Collections Repository

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