Award Date

5-2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Theatre Arts

Department

Theatre Arts

First Committee Member

Jeffrey Koep, Chair

Second Committee Member

Robert Brewer

Third Committee Member

Michael Tylo

Graduate Faculty Representative

Dean Gronemeier

Number of Pages

54

Abstract

Environmental psychologists, like Robert Gifford who study transactions between individuals and their physical settings, maintain that as an individual's environment is changed, the environment also changes his/her behavior and experience. (Gifford, 2002) Like other segments of a theatrical setting, manipulation of the environment can enhance or constrain a broad range of audience actions from traditional theatre audiences to shoppers in a mall or guests at a wedding. Physical elements, as well as other ambient factors such as lighting, color, and quality of materials, set design, music, fragrance, and room temperature are a sample of the dramatic elements used to orchestrate the environment. This paper explores the relationship between the elements utilized to create enhanced experiences in these different types of theatres and audiences through the introduction of incidental music to dramatic performance.

Keywords

Ambient music; Emotion; Incidental music; Music in the theater; Theaters stage-setting and scenery

Disciplines

Music | Theatre and Performance Studies

Language

English


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