Defense Date


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

Noreen Barnes


At the turn of the twentieth century vaudeville was the most prevalent form of theatrical entertainment. With more than 1,500 houses across the country, vaudeville reached in excess of 30 million audience members each year. It directly led to the advent of film and radio. Yet barely one hundred years later vaudeville has been forgotten by the once loyal masses. This guide is meant to help counter vaudeville’s fall. By adding together a basic script consisting of comedy and dramatic sketches, original works and classic vaudeville acts with music and information on the how and whys of vaudeville, this guide will assist others in creating a vaudeville performance with the hope that vaudeville may once again reach the heights of its popularity.


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Date of Submission

August 2010

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