Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The economics of a young audience
by Bosley, Cicely Jo, M.F.A., University of Central Florida, 2010, 59; 1485157
Abstract (Summary)

As a theatre for young audiences’ (TYA) teacher, artist, and administrator, I seek to explore where and how TYA fits into business and economic models to open a dialogue between TYA practitioners and business administration professionals. Through this qualitative study, I endeavor to foster a new language for TYA practitioners to enhance fundraising and audience development. By its own definition, TYA is a hybrid field that strives for both artistic form and educative function. With a dual focus of form and function, administrators struggle to advocate for TYA organizations within existing models. To move through this challenge, I look to analyze select extant models in an effort to address a new hybrid model that better suits a hybrid field. This project arises from the persistent challenges found within the TYA field of defining and valuing our work for and with young people, so I approach this research as a TYA practitioner seeking tools for advocacy. Through my work as a teacher and artist moving into a business office, I observed marketing and development directors from the non-TYA fields challenged by the nature of our work. Paralleling that challenge, I struggle to articulate the necessity of my work with young people as equal to the importance of artistic excellence. My research leads me to believe that TYA does not neatly affix to any business model, but an analysis and marriage of several models may create a working model which TYA practitioners can employ.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Weaver, Earl
School: University of Central Florida
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: MAI 48/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Arts Management, Performing Arts, Theater
Publication Number: 1485157
ISBN: 978-1-124-10833-9
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