The role of interpersonal communication on the socialization of student-actors in a collegiate theatrical production

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2003-01-01
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Burgmaier, Amy
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Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
The Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication offers two majors: Advertising (instructing students in applied communication for work in business or industry), and Journalism and Mass Communication (instructing students in various aspects of news and information organizing, writing, editing, and presentation on various topics and in various platforms). The Department of Agricultural Journalism was formed in 1905 in the Division of Agriculture. In 1925 its name was changed to the Department of Technical Journalism. In 1969 its name changed to the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications; from 1969 to 1989 the department was directed by all four colleges, and in 1989 was placed under the direction of the College of Sciences and Humanities (later College of Liberal Arts and Sciences). In 1998 its name was changed to the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication.
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This study aimed to identify the ways in which an instructor-director socialized student-actors during a collegiate theater production in order to facilitate the socialization of new student-actors into a group of existing performers. The results of this study indicated the instructor-director utilized all twelve socialization tactics during the rehearsal process as her directorial concept dictated the usage. Results of this study also revealed that the instructor-director and student-actors communicated in certain ways in particular situations and that is unnecessary to determine a "one size fits all" socialization strategy. According to this study's findings, all tactics had value depending on the instructor-director, the actors involved in a given production, and the production itself. This study is socially significant because it can enable future instructor-directors to better understand the effects of socialization tactics in a theater setting. Furthermore, the results of this study might provide suggestions to prospective directors about how to improve the socialization of new actors into a cast of veteran performers. Finally, this research may equip new student-actors with ammunition against expected uncertainty associated with entering an unfamiliar theater environment.

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