About

The Digital Theatre History Museum brings numerous theatrical items into one online location, serving as a living archive, curated over time by both beginning and advanced student theatre historians at The College of Wooster. The purpose of the Digital Theatre History Museum includes challenging students to treat each artifact as a materialization of specific modes of thinking. Beyond a comprehension of historical context, students will be required to analyze each relic and theatrical paradigm as extensions of political ideologies, epistemologies, and behaviors. They will explore the social dimensions of theatre, including how theatre brings people together and how it keeps people apart. Finally, the intersectionality of race, gender, class, ableism, sexuality, etc. will be encountered as mediums through which artifacts have found expression for a very long time. Our hope is that the Museum provides a unique way for communicating to our audience the value of theatre history in general and the major role it plays in how and why we bring theatre to life on stage (our laboratory). It is critical that artists learn to build a bridge between theory and praxis, and often historical research serves as at least one way to do just that. However, theatre history, or history in general, is not merely a list of dates, names, or ideas as many assume. In fact, it is in the application of critical and creative thinking that theatre history comes alive. Therefore, while the curation of such a museum may follow a traditional path (selecting a relic and researching its past significance), the Digital Theatre History Museum will move beyond that traditional path and, through student research, also demonstrate how meaning is made by the relic that influences the making of theatre as an art form today.