Event Title

Theatre Works*

Major

Theatre

Faculty Mentor

Amy M. Pinney

Keywords

coplac, theatre, federal theatre project

Abstract

In this Theatre Works presentation, I will discuss the 1935 Federal Theatre Project program, that was established in the New Deal during the depression of the United States and show how this program can work in today's age. During its four year life span the Federal Theatre Project brought employment opportunities to over 30 million Americans in 200 different theatres across the country. The program was written by Hallie Flanagan, a theatre professor at Vassar College. Her aim for the program is a goal that is still strived for today, Òto lay the foundation for the development of a truly creative theatre in the United States with outstanding producing centers in each of those regions which have common interests as a result of geography, language origins, history, tradition, custom, occupations of the people.Ó I have studied the original provisions of the program and will state solutions as to how an improved version of the program, I have called Theatre Works, can be passed today. America currently faces two different problems, a high unemployment rate from the Great Recession and many college graduates leaving school with a degree in the arts, no money in their pockets and no job to call their own. Theatre Works is the creative solution to these problems formed from a past idea into the dream of the future.

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SPOTLIGHT PANEL: ENGAGE

Start Date

10-4-2015 10:15 AM

End Date

10-4-2015 11:15 AM

Location

HSB 304

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Theatre Works*

HSB 304

In this Theatre Works presentation, I will discuss the 1935 Federal Theatre Project program, that was established in the New Deal during the depression of the United States and show how this program can work in today's age. During its four year life span the Federal Theatre Project brought employment opportunities to over 30 million Americans in 200 different theatres across the country. The program was written by Hallie Flanagan, a theatre professor at Vassar College. Her aim for the program is a goal that is still strived for today, Òto lay the foundation for the development of a truly creative theatre in the United States with outstanding producing centers in each of those regions which have common interests as a result of geography, language origins, history, tradition, custom, occupations of the people.Ó I have studied the original provisions of the program and will state solutions as to how an improved version of the program, I have called Theatre Works, can be passed today. America currently faces two different problems, a high unemployment rate from the Great Recession and many college graduates leaving school with a degree in the arts, no money in their pockets and no job to call their own. Theatre Works is the creative solution to these problems formed from a past idea into the dream of the future.