When in residence at a university, the process of writing and producing history-based plays becomes a vehicle for an interdisciplinary educational experience. These residencies are a means for theater students to look beyond the footlights to the world from which their art emanates, whether it be the community where the school is based, or some country whose history and circumstance inspires art. Because the plays created are research driven, they provide opportunities for students from other areas of study to engage in the process of theater. More often than not, the plays created lead to even further intellectual pursuits such as oral history collections, seminars, guest artists, cultural exchanges, and study abroad opportunities. When the subject matter for the plays are in close proximity to the college or university, the residency can leave a lasting legacy in the community that promotes cultural tourism. Through the inherently public nature of theater, the plays help generate publicity for the school. Because their subject matter is most often recognizable and addresses specific interest groups, the plays tend to generate resources for the school as well. Residencies are often executed through World Communities Theater Company which brings a broader array of intellectual resources to the school. The following describes three such residencies that differ in scope, duration, and form: Ongoing Employment at Georgia Southwestern State University, Writer in Residence at the University of South Pacific, and Guest Artist at Fairmont State University.