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Master of Fine Arts


Theatre Pedagogy

First Advisor

David Leong

Second Advisor

Pattie D'Beck

Third Advisor

Joe Obermuller


Leadership is often ascribed as a quality one either possess or doesn’t. We often hear phrases like “She is born leader” or “All eyes are on you”, these are thrown around without discretion in the classroom, conference rooms, social gatherings, and business meetings. This work contends that leadership and in particular leadership that grows and transforms its participants is less an inherent character trait, than an outlook and set of core principles that lead to transformation. Through the application of current and developing business leadership theory and its effect on creativity and a cross analysis of “Best in Class” theatre directors and choreographers that I have worked with, I intend to show that the surest way to a theatrically innovative and engaging production is through a dedication to collaboration, selflessness, and directorial clarity.


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