Kinesics as Applied to Interpreters Theatre

Date of Graduation

Summer 1973


Master of Arts


Theatre and Dance

Committee Chair

Leslie Coger


The purpose of this study is to investigate kinesics as it relates to Interpreters Theatre, and to illustrate its usefulness by the application of selected kinesics principles to an Interpreters Theatre production of the novel, A Separate Peace, by John Knowles. The Interpreters Theatre production of A Separate Peace utilized many principles of kinesics to enhance the imaging capacity of the audience. Only a few examples of the body movements used in the production to aid communication were discussed. Further examples can be discovered with an examination of the script included as an appendix. This paper has established the usefulness of kinesics to Interpreters Theatre. Communicating the meaning beneath the mere words of a work of literature necessitates that body movement be used. Yet, the protection of the audience's creative participation demands that selectivity of kinesic behavior be practiced. Kinesics research has already contributed a body of principles that can provide a rationale for the body movement cues selected by the participant in Interpreters Theatre. As the young field expands and matures, students of Interpreters Theatre must be prepared to increasingly integrate kinesics with their art.

Subject Categories

Theatre and Performance Studies


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