Community Musical Theater as a Human Flourishing Project

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This chapter analyzes how local community musical theater contributes to well-being. Amateur theater-makers volunteer to participate during their leisure time outside of work and school and homemaking, so they’re intrinsically motivated. Local community theater enables self-efficacy, social integration, and positive life outlook. Using the human flourishing framework constructed by positive psychologists and methods of participant observation and in-depth interviews, the chapter presents the entire theater-making process-from season selection to auditions to early and later rehearsals to performance and beyond-to examine why people, including the director, actors, and technicians, elect to participate in community musical theater and why it matters to them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTheater and Human Flourishing
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780197622308
ISBN (Print)9780197622261
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


  • amateur
  • Broadway
  • community musical
  • community theater
  • local theater
  • musicals
  • self-efficacy


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