Darian Alexander Watson


Presentation: 3:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom

This project reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process.

Course: THR 250



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The pursuit of money is the singular driver in a lot of industries. Neoliberalism and capitalism are what drive the upper sectors of almost every performing arts industry and have done so for a long time. It can be seen everywhere from whitewashed musicals, to getting the rights to songs, to the endless unimaginative saga of reboots. There is a dearth of creative drive, in a pursuit of endless money which crushes and dehumanizes everyone who isn't useful in that pursuit; it goes directly against diversity and the common good. My sources will include the Vox article on the In The Heights Controversy, The ASCAP price margins for buying songs for Music, Money, Success & Movies, and the New York Times article for how reboots have created an End of Endings.

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Course Project

Primary Advisor

R. Darden Bradshaw, Michelle Hayford

Primary Advisor's Department

Theatre, Dance and Performance Technology


Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

The Pursuit of Happiness... in cash