No “Bullshit”: Rigor and Evaluation of Applied Theatre Projects

  • Dani Snyder-Young
Part of the Landscapes: the Arts, Aesthetics, and Education book series (LAAE, volume 22)


Applied theatre practitioners embark on projects with goals of transformation. Given that these projects are explicitly framed as intervention, practitioners need to be able to demonstrate that projects have achieved their stated goals. Often, this leads to evaluation discourse steeped in, as Frankfurt puts it, “bullshit” (On bullshit, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005), as practitioners articulate goals that are vague and/or abstract, eliding the problem of proving if transformation has or has not actually occurred. This chapter will examine rigor and specificity in the evaluation of applied theatre projects, offering specific strategies practitioners can use in organic, rigorous assessment of projects.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dani Snyder-Young
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  1. 1.Department of TheatreNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA

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