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Online Undergraduate Certificate in
Ethnodramatology in Context

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Ethnodramatology in Context?


A growing awareness of the richness and beauty of non-western theatrical performance has led Missional University to develop the Undergraduate Certificate in Ethnodramatology in Context. Ethnodramatology is the academic discipline that formally studies world theatrical traditions. The certificate program offers students a culturally-based perspective where indigenous forms of drama are understood and practiced. Students conduct analyses of diverse cultural theatrical styles and traditions and develop performance through global theatrical theory and history coursework.

While biblical Christianity is rooted in eternally universal truths, the ways in which people understand and appropriate those truths in their daily lives are conditioned by their sociocultural context expressed in a specific time, place and people. Missional leaders understand that authentic Christian living grows out of the soil of indigenous forms - expressions that come from within that culture. Through the Undergraduate Certificate in Ethnodramatology in Context, students explore how to discover and understand a culture's drama forms. In addition, students practice performing indigenous theatre and learn to appreciate cultural expressions of theatrical performance.

Today, good theatrical citizenship requires knowledge of one’s own theatrical cultures, as well as those of the others with whom we share our world. This program enhances philosophical, political, and theatrical dimensions, while simultaneously developing practical, hands-on skills. Involving class work, performance, and independent research, the program equips students to enter today’s job market, as well as to continue graduate study in ethnodramatology.

Program Features

  • Integrated practicums allow you to gain valuable real-world experience
  • Learn from academic practitioners from around the world
  • Credits earned in this certificate program can apply to a Missional University Bachelor degree program

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What Will I Study?

We offer the most comprehensive approach to contextual dramatic performance in the mission of God.

Will introduce students to the Biblical basis for storytelling as an effective way to communicate. Both Old and New Testaments examples will be explored and compared. Oral cultures will be examined. The student will then be able to develop a theology of storytelling that is culturally appropriate.

This course explores communications as the study of culture. It will focus on some of the key methodologies of cultural analysis and primary themes of cultural study, with an emphasis on how they intersect with central issues in the field of communication.

An introduction to the varied histories of world drama and theater as an art form, as a profession, as a social event, and as an agent of cultural definition through the ages and in the present. The course examines select theatrical cultures and performance practices in global cultural history.

A tour through models of dramatic structure in Western and non-Western contexts, from the Greeks through the present day, with discussion of their legacies and uses today. Theories of theater and performance are considered. Theoretical lenses from other disciplines are employed as treatises, manifestos, and theoretical texts are read against plays and other evidence of performance activity.

The course teaches a notation system for recording and analyzing human movement that enables students to analyse choreographic movement. Students gain experience in using a set of abstract symbols to define the direction and level of movement, part of the body doing the movement, duration of the movement, and dynamic quality of the movement as a means of comparative analysis of dramatic performance across cultures.

An introduction to the study of the drama forms and expressions of global cultures that analyzes these forms in light of their cultural worldview and how that worldview shapes the drama of that cultural setting. Creating a culturally relevant drama piece in a Christian context requires the creator to have an understanding of the culture, an understanding of the audience and an understanding of the Bible. From this base of understanding, script content can be formed. Once content has been determined, the drama can be created and performed. The performance is expressed through a variety of signal systems, each of which communicates a part of the drama’s intent. The response of the audience to the drama is a result of this process of analysis and presentation, as well as additional factors that affect response, such as the context of the performance, audience needs, existing beliefs and values (as conditioned by the culture), familiarity with the art form and perception of the players.

Optional Additional Courses

Introduces students to the role of oral traditions in various cultural contexts. Special attention is placed on the process of meaning making and addressing ongoing cultural challenges through oral tradition.

Builds upon the concept of the collective unconscious and provides theories, practices, and approaches to community-based theater as a tool for social change and therapeutic change with individuals, groups, and communities. Examines various playback forms, and other forms of transformative drama such as Sociodrama and Theater of the Oppressed.

This course examines and evaluates the historical and contemporary use of theatre as an instrument of social change. Throughout the course students will be asked to examine their own place within the context of their society, while learning how theatre works to provoke personal and societal change. An in-depth look at how theatre works with a range of readings and reflections including Aristotle, Brecht, and Boal. Topics include satire, theatre of the oppressed, theatre and poverty, performance and emotional impact, conflict resolution, and biblical story and narrative."

When Can I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates each year to give you flexibility in your education, life and work schedules.






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Producer, Director, Playwright, Dramaturge, Choreographer, Movement director, Actor, Charge Artist, Playbill Writer, Production Manager, Artistic Director, Theater Manager, Director of Production, Marketing Director, Director of Public Relations, Literary Manager



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How Much Will it Cost?

We offer tuition based upon country of residence.  According to the Human Development Index, all countries around the world fall into one of four categories:
  • (Tier 1) - Very High Human Development
  • (Tier 2) High Human Development
  • (Tier 3) Medium Human Development
  • (Tier 4) Low Human Development
Our tiered global tuition makes higher education affordable for everyone world wide.


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Tiered tuition based on country of origin and scholarships available.  Find your country of residence here for more information.
Tuition may be further reduced by participating in the Sponsorship Program.