Thesis Title

The Dynamics of Social Power in a Theatrical Production Company

Date of Graduation

Spring 1977

Degree

Master of Arts in Theatre

Department

Theatre and Dance

Committee Chair

Carl D. Flaningam

Subject Categories

Theatre and Performance Studies

Abstract

The study investigated the role of social power in the small-group context of a theatrical production company. A methodology which consisted of participant observation and interviewing was utilized. Observation data were analyzed according to three categories of communicative behavior: Interpersonal Relations, Communication Content, and Non-Verbal Behavior. Interview data were analyzed according to specific characteristics of the social system which was studied. The study revealed that the social power system of the environment within the theatre department was a potent factor in determining the task and socio-emotional climate of the production group which was studied.

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© Nancy L. Ruppenthal

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