Improvising a future in the performing arts: The benefits of reframing performing arts entrepreneurship education in familiar terms

Hadley, Bree J. (2015) Improvising a future in the performing arts: The benefits of reframing performing arts entrepreneurship education in familiar terms. Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, 11(4), pp. 1-17.

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Abstract

Improvisation is a central concept in any drama, theatre or performance studies degree. It is a critical skill, which helps performers learn to ‘make it up as they go along’, apply existing skills to new situations and environments, and, of course, adapt find the
most effective or creative pathway towards a their aims. As such, the fact that improvisation is rarely listed as a core career competency — even for performing arts graduates, who can struggle to engage with entrepreneurial skill sets they will need to learn to manage their unpredictable portfolio careers when they are couched in business terms — is somewhat strange. This paper examines the benefits of reframing the administrative, management and entrepreneurial skills arts graduates need to navigate a complex, uncertain, constantly changing industrial landscape in terms of improvisation, play, and playful self - performance. It suggests that adding improvisation to our career training arsenal may be worthwhile, not just because it may assist graduates in navigating their way through a portfolio career, but because it may offer a more familiar, user- friendly terminology to assist graduates in understanding the need to develop administrative, management and entrepreneurial as well as artistic skills, and, in a sense, understand the similarities between the two sets of skills.

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ID Code: 94388
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Performing Arts, Education, Enterpreneurship, Improvisation, HERN
ISSN: 1557-2935
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Drama Theatre and Performance Studies (190404)
Divisions: Current > Schools > Drama
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Bree Hadley
Deposited On: 05 Apr 2016 04:02
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2016 01:37

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