Web Page Title: Leadership Theatre:

Purpose & Process

Author: David M. Boje, Ph.D.

Date: December 21, 2001


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Page Index: | Purpose | Assumptions | Forming Teams | Scheduling | Evaluation Explained | Evaluation by Spectators | Team Mate Evaluation |

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Purpose of Leadership Theatre


  • Learn how a particular leadership character would behave in a situation with other leader characters.
  • Design an experience of how a team of leader characters, portrayed by you, would handle a particular situation.
  • Be commentators who make reflective connections between Leadership Theatre event and the course web readings.
  • Give team members experience in 360 degree evaluation methods

Assumptions of Leadership Theatre

  • Life is Theatre; we are all actors every day, in every situation.
  • As Shakespeare says, All the world is a stage
  • In life and organizations, we play many parts, some of which involve leadership.
  • Rehearse now, or do bad leadership acting in your career.
  • More fun than hearing a lot of lectures
  • More meaningful than memorizing abstract terms you will forget after the term is over
  • Beats the alternative of taking a lot of dumb multiple-choice quizzes (that usually are so ambiguous, who cares).

 There are three types of Leadership Theatre we will rehears and perform in this course. They are described in the TEAM EVENT study guide.

Forming Teams of Leadership Theatre

  • Each person in the class will pick a different leader to portray or a change the world project.
  • Teams (minimum 5, maximum seven people) will form in the first class period as combinations of those studying dead/live leader and at least one change the world person (if there are enough go go around).
  • You will take one of three roles in the Leadership Theatre

1.      Be an Actor based upon leader you study this term (does not write).

2.      Be a Director (good role for Change the World folks); can also do commentary.

3.      Be a Commentator (Rule: must be fewer commentators than actors). Commentators create the script, write script outline and write up, and deliver commentator remarks.

  • Choices of Roles:
    • Those who have leader projects will be either actors who act out a script or expert-Commentators on the script and performance.
    • Those who are Change The World will be directors and coaches of the script.
  • The entire group will write out their script (min, of 6 pages typed, single space & entered into Web CT before the event).



Schedule of your of Leadership Theatre Event


  • 10 Teams will be formed at random (for class size range, 50 to 75).
  • Each team will be assigned date to perform their script and commentary.
  • Each team will select one type of Theatre of Leadership to perform (image, invisibility, or forum): 3 choices described in your TEAM EVENT study guide
  • The date you draw determines the Theme of your Script (Must relate to the Assignment Schedule topic for the week you will present; Must incorporate Leadership Theatre Resources relevant to that week’s topic.
  • Each team will develop a 20-minute script (minimum of 6 pages typed, single spaced, and entered into Web CT 24 hours before the event) that includes interaction and dialog between all team members (each one acting as they imagine their leader to act).
  • Following the 20-minute acted out script, is a 15-minute, lively Commentator discussion led by the Director, about what the team was going for in their acting.
  • At the end or each 35 minute Leadership Theatre Event, four things happen.

1.      Instructor leaders a class discussion, and if the muse strikes, a follow-on Leadership Theatre event where all members of the audience act out a scene using their own leadership characters in a situation similar to what the presenting team has acted out.

2.      All team members will do 360-degree performance review.

3.      All audience members will evaluate the performance of the team.

4.      Instructor will evaluate the written work of the presenting team.


Evaluation of Leadership Theatre

1.      What is 360? – Each teammate evaluates all other teammates and themselves.

2.      How is it done? – You will be handed a form, where you write in Grade and Comment for each team based upon criteria.

3.      What are the criteria?

·        Mate pulled their share of team load

·        Mate showed up to each meeting we held

·        Mate did great job on the script

·        Mate did great job in the class event

·        I would choose this person again as a team mate

  • Audience Evaluation of the Team presentation of Script and Commentary.

1.      How is it done? - You will get an index card and write a grade (A+ to C- or D if it is a dud). You will write at least 20 words of constructive comment.

2.      What are the criteria? (Press here for Spectactor Evaluation Form).

·        Script presentation kept us awake (they were lively).

·        They acted it out (did not stand like dead posts, animated their scenes); good direction.

·        It was obvious that rehearsals had taken place.

·        The theme and plot of the script was evident in delivery and explained in Commentary following the acting.

·        The Commentary brought out points relevant to our course readings on the web that week.

·        The Commentary added value to my life.

  • Instructor Evaluation of Script and Commentary

1.      Who does the evaluation? – Instructor

2.      What are the criteria?

·        Script is typed

·        Script was entered into Web CT 24 hours before the event took place.

·        Script had well-developed character roles for each leader presented

·        Plot of the script is worked out.

·        Theme of the script connects to course assignments that week.

·        Commentary following the script makes directed, referenced connections to the web-resources for that week (extra credit if it goes beyond that).

·        Commentary includes voice of each of the commentators (that means each commentator enters their own commentary).

·        Instructor reserves the right to give actors and commentators different grades.


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