Producing and managing university performances abroad for U.S. study abroad programs
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This thesis is an exploration of information and theory relative to the development and management of performances within university level theatre and dance study abroad programs. Only U.S. theatre and dance study abroad programs in foreign countries are examined. This research is focused on programs that not only include performance, but also the entire creative and production process within the duration of their time abroad. Even with these constraints, the information provided is applicable to programs of non-U.S. institutions and programs that tour a performance abroad. The core of this thesis is an examination of the 2011 cycle of the University of Texas Theatre in Italy study abroad program. Through online research and e-mail I will also research similar study abroad programs, presenting information on curricula, program host city, program duration abroad and program website. Supporting literature is found in several fields; study abroad program creation, theatre management, production and administration. A synthesis of this knowledge is essential to the success of producing and managing in an abroad academic setting. This research will be a resource for current or potential study abroad program directors interested in integrating a performance in their own program. An introduction of common study abroad models and theatre curricula will be presented to provide context and vocabulary for the remainder of the research. I will define my own role as production manager and describe the responsibilities thereof. The following chapters will cover the management and logistics involved in selecting a performance piece and students, budgeting, travel, and production. For myself, this thesis is only the beginning of my own exploration in producing performances in an international setting. This experience and study was an opportunity for me to encounter some of the challenges common to producing abroad and touring internationally. In addition to this, I believe producing internationally is a positive way to share our own rich culture as well as an opportunity for Americans to discover and appreciate the cultures of others. I hope this to be my first step on a long career path of international collaboration.