Date of Award

5-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

Robert Heasley, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Valerie Gunter, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Melanie Hildebrandt, Ph.D.

Abstract

This research project assessed the effects of involvement in a theatrical production on the beliefs and behaviors of participants in regards to the social issue that the performance piece created by participants centered on. Participants were college students who worked together to create and perform an original piece of theater about discrimination and prejudice on their campus. Their beliefs and behaviors in regards to discrimination and prejudice on campus were assessed prior to the beginning of the creation of the piece of theater and following the performance of the piece for a live audience. Collected data was analyzed to determine what changes, if any, had occurred in the beliefs and behaviors of participants, the extent of these changes, the extent to which these changes could be associated with involvement in the project, and participants' perception of these changes and their causes.

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