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Intergenerational Theatre, Seniors' Theatre, Community Theatre, Popular Theatre
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University of Alberta
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Gusul, Matthew
Supervisor and department
Selman, Jan (Drama)
Barnet, David (Drama)
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Chapman, Sherri Ann (Extension)
Hawkins, John (Drama)
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Master of Arts
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The GeriActors and Friends is a company of intergenerational actors that is directed by Professor David Barnet of the University of Alberta. The GeriActors was a senior’s theatre group creating original theatre since 2001 in Edmonton. The GeriActors and Friends was created as a result of Barnet’s course Intergenerational Theatre 407/507, first offered in the fall 2006. The company is made up of two groups: university students and senior citizens. This thesis is an exploratory analysis of the GeriActors and Friends’ 2006/07 and 2007/08 seasons. Using these seasons as a case study, the theories of specific cultural theorists are used to analyze play and playfulness as it exists in the rehearsals and performances of the company. The analysis of playfulness is presented using autoethnographic research techniques that analyze the personal history of the researcher and a variety of qualitative methods which consider the two seasons of the community-based theatre company
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