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Theater and the Law: The Cross-Disciplinary Integration of Theory and Practice in the Theatrical Arts and the Art of Advocacy

  • Kevin S. Marshall
  • Sean Dillon
  • Michael O’Connor
  • Placido Gomez
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Part of the The Arts in Higher Education book series (AHE)

Abstract

The cross-informing relevancy of the theatrical arts and the art of legal advocacy are identified and illustrated through a pedagogical comparative analysis of the two disciplines. This chapter (1) identifies fundamental theatrical theories and practices relevant to communicating facts and influencing perceptions; (2) describes the theatrical dimensions (and constraints) of the courtroom as a stage, as well as analyzes the component parts of a jury trial illustrating its parallel structure to the theatrical arts; (3) demonstrates the reciprocating value-added to both arts and their respective actors and litigators through cross-disciplinary study and application; (4) proposes an integrated course model that crosses the disciplines of both theater and law, as well as crosses undergraduate and graduate student populations and experiences; and (5) provides an illustrative, robust conclusion that the integration of the theater arts and the law provides undergraduate and graduate educational experience that prepares both populations for adaptability in their careers and engaged citizenship.

Keywords

Advocacy Plot Rhetoric Diction Staging 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin S. Marshall
    • 1
  • Sean Dillon
    • 1
  • Michael O’Connor
    • 1
  • Placido Gomez
    • 1
  1. 1.University of La VerneLa VerneUSA

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