The history field often overlooks the art of theater when developing historic interpretation.
Dale Jones makes a case for the skills taught in theater as effective forms of thinking for historic interpretation and audience engagement.
Explaining the benefits of theater through HIPP–heart, imagination, planning, and physicality–Jones shows how employing theater techniques in museums can inform and engage visitors.
Jones focuses on using imagination as a way to think creatively when planning and writing interpretation. Imaginative interpretation will help museum staff avoid the Ten Commandments of Museum Theater: Thou shalt not be boring and thou shalt always deliver information.
Technical Leaflet #227 (2004)
For more information on similar topics, please refer to Technical Leaflet Bundle 18, Programs for Your Public, and Technical Leaflet Bundle 23, Interpreting History.