1st Edition

Impacting Theatre Audiences Methods for Studying Change

Edited By Dani Snyder-Young, Matt Omasta Copyright 2022
    250 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    250 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited collection explores methods for conducting critical empirical research examining the potential impacts of theatrical events on audience members.

    Dani Snyder-Young and Matt Omasta present an overview of the burgeoning subfield of audience studies in theatre and performance studies, followed by an introduction to the wide range of ways scholars can study the experiences of spectators. Consisting of chapter-length case studies, the book addresses methodologies for examining spectatorship, including qualitative, quantitative, historical/historiographic, arts-based, participatory, and mixed methods approaches.

    This volume will be of great interest to theatre and performance studies scholars as well as industry professionals working in marketing, audience development, and community engagement.

    1 Contemporary Spectatorship Research

    Dani Snyder-Young and Matt Omasta

    2 Key Methodological Concepts in Spectatorship Research

    Matt Omasta and Dani Snyder-Young

    3 Participant Observation in Practice and Techniques for Overcoming Researcher Insecurity: A Case Study at the Deutsches Theater

    Caroline Heim

    4 Prioritizing Black Experience, or the Inevitability of Educating White Audiences: A Discourse Analysis

    Claire Syler

    5 Interviewing Children about Theatre Performance

    Johnny Saldana

    6 Hashtag Networks, "Live" Musicals, and the Social Media Spectator: Digital Theatre Audience Research Methods

    Kelsey Jacobson

    7 Drafting Harlem, Revising Melodrama: Archival Insights into Audience Expectation

    Christopher Corbo

    8 The Gaze Turned Inward: A Reflexive Autoethnographic Approach to Theatre Research

    Signy Lynch

    9 The Stony Silence: Negotiating Empathy and Audience Expectations in Solo Autoethnographic Performance in Audience Research

    Michelle Cowin Gibbs

    10 Touching Past Lives: The Limits of Evaluating Immersive Heritage Performance Audiences

    Holly Maples

    11 Playing Ethnography: Participant Engagement in Role/Play

    Celia Pearce

    12 Public Facing Dramaturgy as Audience Research: An Interview with Martine Kei Green-Rogers

    Martine Kei Green-Rogers and Dani Snyder-Young

    13 Theatre for Relationality: A Relational Approach to Design Research

    Lisa Aikman, Jennifer Roberts-Smith, and Stan Ruecker, with Kate Crozier, Jessica Hutchison, Carin Lowerison, Signy Lynch, May Nemat Allah, Julie Thompson, Matt White, and Hannah Watts

    14 Key Questions in Evaluating Audience Impact: A Mixed Methods Approach in Research-Based Theatre

    Jennica Nichols, George Belliveau, Susan M. Cox, Graham W. Lea, and Christina Cook

    15 (Ac)Counting for Change: A Quantitative Approach to Recognizing and Contextualizing Shifts in Spectatorial Thinking

    Scott Mealey

    16 Poetic Inquiry and/as Theatre Audience Research

    Monica Prendergast

    17 Playful Research

    Matthew Reason


    Dani Snyder-Young is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Northeastern University, USA, and the author of Privileged Spectatorship: Theatrical Interventions in White Supremacy(2020).

    Matt Omasta is Professor of Theatre Arts and Associate Dean of the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University.