The art of theatre is unique in its manner of focusing and reflecting the concerns of the society in which it exists. At the same time, it is composite in its materials and means: bringing together speech and acting skills, literature, dance, music, and visual and plastic arts, as well as the technologies of lighting, recorded sound, mechanics, electronic communications media, computer technology and acoustics. It is, in fact, a builder of bridges among many arts and crafts, and likewise between the fine arts generally and the humanities and behavioral sciences: critical and historical studies, social studies, rhetoric and psychology. For students concentrating in theatre, the discipline is thus a flexible “home base” for a true liberal arts education. For undergraduates in general, it is a productive training field in creative and practical rhetoric, image-making and cooperative action—useful preparation not merely for the stage but also for the law court, the legislature, the classroom, and the marketing or sales office.
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