Date of Award

5-1970

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Theatre Arts

First Advisor

Mr. Dennis Holt

Abstract

Readers Theater or Theater of the Mind, as it is sometimes called, has a varied nature and a dual origin. Basically, Readers Theater is a medium in which two or more oral interpreters through their oral reading cause an audience to experience literature. Definitions of Readers Theater vary somewhat, yet agree on basic principles. Johnny Akin of Denver University has called it "a form of oral interpretation in which all types of literature may be projected by means of characterized readings enhanced by theatrical effects." Keith Brooks of Ohio State University has said, "Readers Theater is a group activity in which the best of literature is communicated from manuscript to an audience through the oral interpretation approach of vocal and physical suggestions.

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