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Barnstorm: Improving Communication Through General Theater Education

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In this thesis, I analyze the effectiveness of using communication as a tool to educate the theater practitioner in UCSC’s Barnstorm Theater Company. I continue past research of Barnstorm’s laboratory from previous Barn Directors to study student improvement through questionnaire’s, feedback, and the more casual channels. The continued research led to new course designs implemented in the 2021 Winter Quarter syllabus. By using communication as theatrical tool for students, the education goal of Barnstorm Theater, collaboration, can flourish. Using research collected, I aim to find a clear correlation between the Barnstorm course content and perceived student improvement as theater practitioners.

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