Design and Technology Concentration

Welcome to the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies' Design and Technology concentration at Kennesaw State University, conveniently located near metro Atlanta. We are glad you are here! 

As scholar artists, we embrace the study and creative practice of design and technology from an analytical and reflective perspective. Whether it is Design, Stage Management, or Theatre Technology, we are committed to helping you thrive and achieve your professional goals. 

On this page, you will find essential information regarding our concentration, including course requirements, four-year roadmap, and faculty and staff credentials. This page will also connect you to important industry resources and our Alumni Club of TPS graduates who are working professionally in design/tech.  

Choosing a Design and Technology concentration for your B.A. degree in Theatre and Performance Studies will afford you many exciting opportunities during--and  beyond--your career here at Kennesaw State University.


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Performance Studies Concentration

Performance studies examines and interrogates both conspicuously staged artistic performances and everyday cultural performances. Artistic performances are performances marked and understood as art: solo performance, performance art, performances of literature, theatrical storytelling, plays, and performance poetry are all examples of this sort of performance. This category considers performance as an art form. 

Cultural performances include those events embedded in everyday life in which a culture's values are displayed for their perpetuation: rituals such as parades, religious ceremonies, and community festivals as well as conversational storytelling, performances of social and professional roles, and individual performances of race, gender, sexuality, and class. This category considers performance as a way of studying how people move through the world as individuals, construct identity, and build community together.

Performance Studies is also keenly interested in the intersection between these categories. For instance, one might study the performances of a particular culture and turn that study into a staged performance about that culture. Cultural performances influence the kinds of artistic performances that a culture creates and, in turn, those artistic performances influence cultural performances. Therefore, Performance Studies embraces the creative process of making art as well as the critical process of analyzing performances. Performance Studies first emerged as its own field of study in the last decades of the twentieth century informed by insights from anthropology, sociology, theatre, oral interpretation, communication studies, literary criticism, cultural studies, ethnography, folkloristics, mythological studies, and psychology.

Today, performance scholars contribute to these diverse fields of study.  The program in Theatre and Performance Studies here at KSU features performance as an art form, as a field of study, and as a method of inquiry (or a way of knowing) in classes throughout the major. The entire program embraces the idea of performance praxis, embodying theory through performance.

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