He Challenges Involved in Directing a Minority Play in a Theatre Department Composed of Predominantly Eurocentric Students: A Case Study

By Judith M. Babnich.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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When mid-western US university theatre departments consist predominately of white, middle class faculty and students, producing minority-based plays, even when character-specific actors are available and willing, challenges the white majority to accept non-participatory roles. Over the last 23 years of directing plays at a mid-western theatre department only ten percent have been minority based. This lack of acceptance of minority-based productions has kept both interested and talented minority students from declaring theatre as a major. Thus, the abundance of benefits from embracing diversity in theatrical productions is affected with deleterious consequences.

Keywords: Minority Based Plays, Embracing Diversity, Challenging the White Majority

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp.15-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 601.024KB).

Dr. Judith M. Babnich

Professor of Theatre, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA

I have directed over 30 plays including six Original Plays. I have been to the American College Regional Festival twice. I have published over 10 articles as well as given paper presentations nationally and internationally.

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