Master of Arts in Theatre Arts
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Jeffrey Koep, Chair
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Graduate Faculty Representative
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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.
Ambient music; Emotion; Incidental music; Music in the theater; Theaters stage-setting and scenery
Music | Theatre and Performance Studies
Nelson, Daniel Edward, "Incidental music: Enhancing the emotional experience of the audience" (2010). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 353.