Theatre at Work: The Characteristics, Efficacy and Impact of Participatory Actor-Based Applied Theatre in the Workplace

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Theatre at Work: The Characteristics, Efficacy and Impact of Participatory Actor-Based Applied Theatre in the Workplace

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dc.contributor.author Feltham, Richard Mark en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-08T15:55:56Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-21T12:21:27Z
dc.date.issued 2012-01-06 en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines the use of actor-based Applied Theatre methods within the workplace. Typically such methods are employed for behavioural skills training with the intention of enabling staff to effectively perform their work roles in a context of rapid and fundamental change to work practices and structures. This research uses case studies and mixed methods and finds that whilst work-based Applied Theatre may be commissioned for reasons of efficiency, in practice there is also the potential for individual efficacy. Whilst competitive forces drive the imperative for increased efficiency, the practice opens a space where the human consequences of this pressure can be explored. Studies of Applied Theatre have ignored or excluded the workplace as a site of research and consequently applications of these methods are under researched and little understood. This thesis questions the exclusive assumptions of the academic field, presenting a more complex picture of the practice than currently appears in the literature. Whilst the workplace presents many tensions that must be negotiated, this research finds that the participative, embodied and dialogic qualities of the practice can enable a space for catharsis, negotiation, expression and learning not possible through other methods. These dialogic and participatory qualities are found to promote a social model of leadership and interaction that is progressive, facilitating a shift away from pervasive mechanistic command and control approaches to management and leadership. A central quality of this efficacy and impact was found to be the role of the workplace actor which has evolved beyond the delivery of performance and into innovative approaches that aim to increase the actor’s contribution to learning. This emerging hybrid role is defined here as the ‘pedagogical actor’, drawing on skills of calibration, feedback and facilitation in addition to delivering a credible performance. Case Studies include an examination of the use actor-based role-play within financial services company Friends Provident and Forum Theatre used by the multi-national 3M, in addition to numerous case examples. en_GB
dc.description.sponsorship Arts & Humanities Research Council en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/3573 en_US
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher University of Exeter en_GB
dc.rights.embargoreason I need time to arrange publication of my research en_GB
dc.subject Applied Theatre en_GB
dc.subject Applied Drama en_GB
dc.subject Role-Play en_GB
dc.subject Forum Theatre en_GB
dc.subject Experiential Learning en_GB
dc.subject Adult Education en_GB
dc.subject Leadership Development en_GB
dc.subject Applied Acting en_GB
dc.subject Simulation en_GB
dc.subject Role play en_GB
dc.subject Theatre in Business en_GB
dc.subject Business role play en_GB
dc.title Theatre at Work: The Characteristics, Efficacy and Impact of Participatory Actor-Based Applied Theatre in the Workplace en_GB
dc.type Thesis or dissertation en_GB
dc.date.available 2013-12-06T04:00:08Z
dc.contributor.advisor Schaefer, Kerrie en_US
dc.description AHRC full time postgraduate award en_GB
dc.publisher.department Drama en_GB
dc.type.degreetitle PhD in Drama en_GB
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en_GB
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en_GB


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