Defense Date


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

Aaron Anderson


Applied theatre is an umbrella term describing the practice of borrowing concepts from the conventional theatre and applying them to different disciplines. This thesis focuses on the use of applied theatre in teaching effective communication skills. Using the work of the Ariel Group and personal experiences working with the VCU da Vinci Center as examples, this paper demonstrates ways that underlying theatre concepts are used to teach communication skills. Additionally, this paper argues that there are many advantages for using theatre professors to teach communication skills to non-theatre students in other disciplines through the use of applied theatre methods. To support this argument examples are taken from the Critical Communications Group and my experiences teaching Public Speaking.


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Date of Submission

May 2010

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