Applied theatre in corporate training

Sheng Tao Fan*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose: This article aims to be a synthesis among the latest learning and development books as well as academic journals across organizational behaviour, educational theatre, drama therapy, and performance studies. It pinpoints five management-related competencies that the new trend of applied theatre in corporate training can facilitate. Design/methodology/approach: This briefing is prepared by an Asian practitioner-performer-scholar who identifies and distils knowledge in Western interdisciplinary contexts. Findings: This article concludes that applied theatre can be a new concept and methodology for corporate training to enhance the main competencies in business settings - leadership, communication, creativity, team building, and emotion management. Practical implications - This study provides a conceptual foundation and practical language for human resource and training professionals as well as company directors who choose and evaluate training methodology. Originality/value: This briefing links theory with practice as well as connecting academia to industry. It saves busy businesspeople's and researchers' time to integrate multiple-fielded knowledge by presenting it in an insightful and single-minded format.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-18
Number of pages4
JournalDevelopment and Learning in Organizations
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jun
Externally publishedYes


  • Communication
  • Corporate training
  • Creativity
  • Drama
  • Emotion management
  • Leadership
  • Performance
  • Team building
  • Theatre

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Library and Information Sciences


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