Approved by the Tennessee State Board of Education
August 31, 2001
, Arts Education Director
The process of creating roles and characters in dramatic context. (see Characterization).
The branch of philosophy that deals with theories of art and beauty.
The perspective of a member of the audience in relation to performance. A work is
"distanced" so that it can be seen aesthetically and not confused with reality. Aesthetic distance permits
objective response even in the face of subjective experiences.
Those characteristics of a work that place it somewhere on the scale of beautiful to
A person's reaction to the emotional values and cognitive meanings of a work of
art (e.g., a theatre experience).
Adherence to beliefs, values, and behaviors deemed accepted in the artistic field.
One or more persons who observe actors in a scene or play in a classroom or a theatre. In
theatre education, audience is sometimes loosely used to mean the reflective performer as well as
classmates, other students, faulty, or the public.
A person, animal, or entity in a story, scene, or play with specific distinguishing physical,
mental, and attitudinal attributes.
Physical aspects (e.g., sex, age, external traits), social aspects (e.g., family,
occupation), and psychological aspects (e.g., attitudes, motivation, values) of a character.
The process of exploring the physical, social, and psychological aspects of a role in
order to create a believable character. (see Acting)
Verbal or nonverbal interaction between persons to share meaning.
The ability to focus and maintain attention upon an object, image, idea, action, or
experiences while excluding distracting factors.
The designer's interpretation of the director's vision in scenery, properties, lighting,
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