In the unique world of a play, dramaturgy provides the essential multi-dimensional foundation for comprehensive exploration. As the identity of dramaturgy is complex and continues to evolve, the artistic value discovered through practice positively contributes to the theatrical experience for both artists and audience members. This substantial element is mostly absent from theatrical experiences for youth, usually making a meaningful appearance in professional and collegiate theatre productions. To promote the importance of dramaturgy, I attempt to construct and explore a learning opportunity at Long Lake Camp for the Arts, a summer performing arts camp for youth artists and performers. This theoretical framework will provide the foundation for possibly implementing a dramaturgical experience to enrich the theatre program in the near future. I will consider the following questions: How do you introduce dramaturgy and make it accessible to young artists? What will serve as foundational theories in practice? What methodologies will prove most effective? To build a fundamental pathway into the world of dramaturgy at Long Lake Camp for the Arts, I will investigate the emergence and history of dramaturgy through the works of Aristotle and Gotthold Ephraim Lessing and uncover its evolution and practice through the contributions of Elinor Fuchs and other contemporary artists and scholars. I look to utilize Inquiry-Based Learning methods to empower youth with agency to analyze the scope and practice of modern dramaturgy. As I engage with Inquiry-Based Learning methods, I will ask: What are the intersections of Inquiry-Based Learning and dramaturgy? What essential questions will prove most effective? This thesis will generate explorative, dramaturgical and educational framework through the lenses of scholar, artist, and educator. It is my intent that such substructure will provide a contemporary experience for educating young artists about dramaturgy, thus inspiring arts organizations, such as Long Lake Camp for the Arts, to expand their educational programming for youth.
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Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
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DiRosa, Sam, "Artistic Science: An Exploration of Dramaturgy through Inquiry-Based Learning for Youth Artists" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 672.