Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Theatre Arts


Theatre Arts

First Advisor

Ervin, Kathryn

Second Advisor

Smith, Johann

Third Advisor

Smith, Terry D.


This study will explore ethnic and cultural theater history offering a point of view of theater from the African American, Chicano Latino American, Asian American, and Native American experience; as well as a view by international theater artists who influence many artists and educators of color, and who influence cultural arts and diversity programs. information about student persistence and perseverance in attaining and education is explored ans evidence supporting the notion that cultural arts and diversity programs do in fact help students to achieve their goals.