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Karin Magaldi

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communication Studies and University Honors




Theater -- Pacific Northwest, Theater audiences -- Pacific Northwest, Theatrical companies -- Pacific Northwest, Theatrical companies -- United States




This paper seeks to explore the state of Pacific Northwest theatre and how successful theatre companies in this region are at promoting diversity and inclusion. This will first be accomplished by an extensive literature review and analysis. This will include sections discussing the current state of theatre in America and its importance, an introduction to the people, pieces and companies setting the example for diverse and inclusive theatre practices, the national theatre versus regional theatre debate, and successful integrative strategies used by companies and by specific individuals. After this is established, there will be a report on interviews that have been conducted with local PNW theatre companies. Finally, after looking to strategies used across the country and examining it in relation to PNW voices, I will propose suggestions as to how the PNW can grow with presenting and fostering theatre that is diverse and inclusive.


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