Composing Ourselves: The Little Theatre Movement and the American Audience (Theater in the Americas)
Dorothy ChanskyISBN: 0809325748;
Book DescriptionWhen movies replaced theatre as popular entertainment in the years 1910?20, the world of live drama was wide open for reform. American advocates and practitioners founded theatres in a spirit of anticommercialism, seeking to develop an American audience for serious theatre, mounting plays in what would today be called "alternative spaces," and uniting for the cause an eclectic group of professors, social workers, members of women?s clubs, bohemians, artists, students, and immigrants. This rebellion, called the Little Theatre Movement, also prompted and promoted the college theatre major, the inclusion of theatre pedagogy in K?12 education, prototypes for the nonprofit model, and the notion that theatre is a valuable form ofself-expression. Composing Ourselves: The Little Theatre Movement and the American Audience argues that the movement was a national phenomenon, not just the result of aspirants copying the efforts of the much-storied Provincetown...
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