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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
This phenomenological case study explored the lived experiences of performing arts-makers, who participated in the engagement practices utilized in Prometheus Bound, the rock musical produced by the American Repertory Theater in 2011. Engagement practices are actions employed to deepen the impact of the artistic experience, which may involve the creative use of physical space, choreography, physical contact, social justice, community collaboration, and other aspects of a live performance. Engagement practices occur in the liminal zone; the neutral space between performing arts-makers and audience members that is conducive to deep empathetic reflection since the boundary between arts-maker and audience is transformed and sometimes removed. Conceptual models developed by artist, Suzanne Lacy and artist and educator, Charles Garoian informed this study, which found that performing arts-makers demonstrated behavior that one might consider to be other-oriented and self-reported reflective learning experiences, following their participation in the engagement practices of Prometheus Bound.
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Cormier, Peter J., "The Engagement Practices of Performing Arts-Makers: A Phenomenological Case Study of Prometheus Bound, the Rock Musical: A Dissertation" (2011). Educational Studies Dissertations. 39.