Faculty Research Series — Rhetorical Criticism of Musical Theatre: Communication Theory in 'Chicago,' 'Dear Evan Hansen,' and 'Six'

12:20 p.m., to 1:10 p.m. Wednesday, October 21

Penn State Schuylkill's Faculty Research Series provides an opportunity for faculty to discuss their current research projects. Seminars will be held monthly and delivered via Zoom.

Rhetorical Criticism of Musical Theatre: Communication Theory in "Chicago," "Dear Evan Hansen," and "Six"

Presented by Valerie Schrader, Courtney Weikel, and Adam Moyer

Join the presentation via Zoom

In this interdisciplinary research presentation, Valerie Schrader, associate professor of communication arts and sciences, and corporate communication honors students Adam Moyer and Courtney Weikel will discuss their work applying communication theories to musical theatre texts using rhetorical criticism as a method.

All three presenters will be presenting papers that were selected as top papers in the National Communication Association's Theatre, Film, and New Multi-Media Division for the 2020 virtual conference in November. Moyer's work explores relational dialectics in the musical "Chicago," Weikel's paper examines Burkean identification in the musical "Dear Evan Hansen," and Schrader's research project applies public memory, feminism, and Burkean identification to the musical "Six. "