Title page for ETD etd-11162006-175114

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Heinlein, Kurt Gerard
Author's Email Address kurtheinlein@missouristate.edu
URN etd-11162006-175114
Title Green Theatre: Proto-Environmental Drama and the Performance of Ecological Values in Contemporary Western Theatre
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Theatre
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Leslie Wade Committee Chair
Femi Euba Committee Member
Jon Cogburn Committee Member
Leigh Clemons Committee Member
Robin Roberts Dean's Representative
  • green theatre
  • environmental theatre
  • social theatre
  • blue man group
  • koko
  • playmakers of baton rouge
Date of Defense 2006-11-03
Availability unrestricted
The aim of this study is to illustrate the purpose and potential of theatre that promotes a proto-environmental agenda, or Green Theatre, in re-orienting Western behavior and mores in a direction that creates positive socio-environmental change. In correlation, this dissertation will examine the objectives and performance modes of several educational and professional theatre entities that house a distinctly unique Green agenda. The primary performances featured will include Peter Schumannís Bread and Puppet Theatre, Blue Man Groupís Tubes, performances by Koko the signing lowland gorilla, and Playmakers of Baton Rougeís production of Habitat Cats.
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