Studying the Relationship between Artistic Intent and Observable Impact


  • Dani Snyder-Young Northeastern University


This essay is about studying the relationship between artistic intent and observable impact under conditions that do not allow the researcher's embodied presence at the theatrical event under study. It focuses on the premiere production of Antoinette Nwandu’s Pass Over, mining the details of the archive of published performance reviews alongside a research assistant's reports from two performances for evidence of the production’s impact on its audiences, with a particular eye to the closing moments of the play.

Author Biography

Dani Snyder-Young, Northeastern University

Assistant Professor

Department of Theatre