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Considering with respect to Dissertation topics, a report of a particular Production Process is a highly specific topic. It comes under the broader hat of Performance studies having some influence from literature studies as well.
Such a dissertation aims to study the processes involved in making of performative productions. Films, short films, choreographies, skits, plays etc. are the kind of performances that such a dissertation usually covers. Any form of art taken on stage is known as a performance. However, a dissertation cannot be written about all kinds of performances. It depends on the production process of the performance and the relevant literature available. For example, an act majorly characterised by improvisation cannot be the central idea of a dissertation.
A dissertation in performance studies is usually an outcome of a single or several productions. Thus, a topic isn’t chosen but adopted. Similar to any other dissertation, it begins with identification of the Thesis Statement; which captures the central message of the dissertation. The thesis statement is the string around which the production gets wrapped. The introduction is a comment on the reason of pursuing the dissertation. It builds on the purpose of the performance. The purpose of a performance may be determined as; Entertainment or Political. Performances meant for entertainment, only seek to provide recreation to the audience. On the other hand, a political performances aims to influence people and change their perspectives.
The introduction is followed by the literature review. Every performance is characterised by a performance theory. Literature review explains the readers the source from where the inspiration of this particular art form has been drawn. The literary source often includes prescribed performance and workshop techniques for the performers.
The methodology is described after mentioning the literature review. It includes the actual methods adopted by the performers for workshops and training. It also has details about how individual performers adapted into the role assigned to them. Finally, this section presents the rehearsal required and other physical entities used in the creation of the production.
The findings are an inquiry into the final performance of the production. It points the differences between the preparation and the final performance. It has details on the errors committed, improvisation used, on-stage impact and several other parameters. For a reader this section is guideline to improve their existing performances. In case of the same production performed on more than one occasion, it also states the changes made and the improvements done.
This is followed by the discussion which states in detail about the intention of each segment of the performance. In other words, its purpose is to share what message the director intends to give and what stage during the performance.
The last yet most important section is the conclusion and recommendations. The conclusion is a detail on the measure of effectiveness of the performance; if the performance achieved its purpose or not. This is determined by the reaction of the audience. For example, if a particular section of the performance aimed to make the audience laugh, what percentage of audience laughed is an impact parameter. Through the former section of the dissertation the writer realised the limitations in the performance; in its literature, methodology, impact and so on. Thus, suggestions and recommendations are proposed for improving similar types of performances and to make the production process more efficient.
Thus, a dissertation on a production process itself forms a literature for reference by other performers in future.