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Drama As A Tool For Addressing Cultural Stereotypes, Elizabeth Smoak 2018 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Drama As A Tool For Addressing Cultural Stereotypes, Elizabeth Smoak

Honors Theses

In children’s drama and literature, Native Americans are rarely represented fully and accurately. Generalizations and stereotypes have lead to severe misunderstandings and an underappreciation for Native American cultures, even in areas rich with their history. This research study sought the efficacy of classroom drama strategies on classroom learning, particularly using storytelling to further children’s understanding of Native American culture. The results show that drama and storytelling can be effective ways to teach children about other cultures by keeping students engaged, promoting participation, and allowing students to make connections and explore learning on their own.


Worlds With Words: Discourse And Frame Analysis Of Performance Storytelling, Chelise Fox 2018 East Tennessee State University

Worlds With Words: Discourse And Frame Analysis Of Performance Storytelling, Chelise Fox

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

In this thesis, I explore how performance storytellers create intense focus on imaginal realities through language—a phenomenon sometimes called “transport” or “realm-shift.” To this end, recordings of performances by two professional storytellers were transcribed and examined through the lens of frame theory and discourse analysis. Examination of these transcripts shows that storytellers employ clusters of linguistic involvement strategies around frame transitions, facilitating realm-shift. Additionally, it shows that throughout a telling, tellers shape discourse around frame shifts that draw attention to significant elements, particularly those that establish a story’s relevance to the occasion of its telling and those that ...


Written With Love: An Interpretation Of Love Stories Through Movement And Emotion, Olivia Crawford 2018 Otterbein University

Written With Love: An Interpretation Of Love Stories Through Movement And Emotion, Olivia Crawford

Distinction Papers

What is love? People all over the world have different stories pertaining to this phenomenon, but do the experiences in our personal lives stop us from understanding the experiences of others? Although it may be difficult to see other points of view besides, it is possible to connect to stories that are not our own. The purpose of this study is to assess how people perceive and connect to different love stories, and how these perceptions differ between those in the fine arts and those in the arts & sciences. Participants in this study will be exposed to a dance show ...


Girl Power: Recovering The Female Stage Voice In Ben Jonson’S The Masque Of Queens, Sara Severens 2018 Lynchburg College

Girl Power: Recovering The Female Stage Voice In Ben Jonson’S The Masque Of Queens, Sara Severens

Student Scholar Showcase

The Masque of Queens by Ben Jonson was written in 1609, and is a play about chaos and order. My research focused on the significance of royal women as lead roles in a play when society did not allow females to be employed as actors, the juxtaposition of royal high class and the witches who open the play in an “anti-masque,” and the role masques played in the greater order of the literary canon.

I chose this topic because masques are a neglected genre of English literature and theatre that could be better utilized in classrooms, as well as in ...


Art Infested Water, Nova Southeastern University Department of Performing and Visual Arts 2018 Nova Southeastern University

Art Infested Water, Nova Southeastern University Department Of Performing And Visual Arts

Department of Performing and Visual Arts Newsletters

Art Infested Water Volume 13


The Picture Of Dorian Gray: An Immersive Experience, Natalie Love 2018 Otterbein University

The Picture Of Dorian Gray: An Immersive Experience, Natalie Love

Honors Thesis Projects

This project studied the effects of immersive theatre on an audience using a script adapted from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. This project explored how to best adapt a literary work into a performance piece, and rather than creating a traditional piece of theatre, creating an immersive work. The process included research in literature, new work creation, and theatre devising as well as the rehearsals and preparation necessary for the production. Using a small cast of Otterbein performance students, the piece was performed four times in one day with different audience groups in so that I could ...


A Causal-Comparative Analysis Of Performance-Based Music Classes And Act Scores, Russell Courson 2018 Liberty University

A Causal-Comparative Analysis Of Performance-Based Music Classes And Act Scores, Russell Courson

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

Educational leaders at the state and district level are struggling to provide adequate funding for schools due to the uncertainty of the economic outlook throughout the country. Although several states have requested and received waivers for the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), many school systems still find themselves in the difficult position of providing enough instructional time dedicated to the four primary core content areas (language arts, math, science, and social studies) to allow students to be successful in high stakes standardized testing. While NCLB stated the fine arts, including performance-based music classes, such as band, choir ...


Empathizing With “The Other”: Visualization And Perspective Taking, Lisa Spitz, Liv Cummins 2018 Lesley University

Empathizing With “The Other”: Visualization And Perspective Taking, Lisa Spitz, Liv Cummins

Lesley University Community of Scholars Day

As today’s youth blossom into adulthood, they will simultaneously be challenged to develop their sense of self/identity and to cultivate their ability to embrace differences, all while being bombarded by visual media and messaging. Research literature on perspective taking provides a framework by which students can develop an understanding of their own perspective, imagine the world from an “other” perspective, and make connections that link to productive actions (Selman, 1971). Perspective taking as a concept has been linked to greater empathy, compassion, and prosocial behavior (Hardwood and Farrar, 2006). Yet the mechanism for enabling productive perspective taking is ...


̶T̶H̶E̶ ̶ A Possibility For Light, Daniel Burmester 2018 Lesley University

̶T̶H̶E̶ ̶ A Possibility For Light, Daniel Burmester

Lesley University Community of Scholars Day

How can an educator help young people feel a reverence for and connection with the world? I asked myself this three years ago as I began thinking about how, as an educator, I could better the world. I believe that harmful action on our world can occur when reverence for and connection with it erodes or has never given a chance to flourish. Researchers in cognitive psychology have suggested that experiencing the emotion awe allows people to feel greater connections with elements of our world. (Keltner, 2016; Shiota, Keltner, & Mossman, 2007) My work at Lesley focuses on the emotion awe ...


Session Ii, Panel 1. Performing Women's History: Time-Traveling With Caryl Churchill's Top Girls, Victoria Lewis 2018 University of Redlands

Session Ii, Panel 1. Performing Women's History: Time-Traveling With Caryl Churchill's Top Girls, Victoria Lewis

the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Student Conference

No abstract provided.


The Voices Of Native Guard: From The Page To Performance, Corrie Claiborne, Aaron Carter-Enyi, Cliff Miller 2018 Morehouse College

The Voices Of Native Guard: From The Page To Performance, Corrie Claiborne, Aaron Carter-Enyi, Cliff Miller

Africana Digital Ethnography Project

Published in 2006, Native Guard received the Pulitzer Prize in 2007, and the book's author, Natasha Trethewey, went on to become the US Poet Laureate in 2012 and 2014. Trethewey emphasizes that Native Guard is a book of poetry, not a collection of poems that were gathered together for publication. This one among many reasons it was an excellent source for a theatrical production by the Alliance Theatre (in Atlanta) in 2014, in restaged in 2018. Actors January Lavoy (the poet) and Anton Neal (the native guard) breathe new life into Trethewey's work, expressing the deep musicality of ...


Pitch Polarity In Praise Singing And Hip-Hop: Evidence For An Underrepresented Poetic Feature, William S. Dula, Aaron Carter-Enyi, David Oludaisi Aina, Nathaniel Condit-Schultz 2018 Clark Atlanta University

Pitch Polarity In Praise Singing And Hip-Hop: Evidence For An Underrepresented Poetic Feature, William S. Dula, Aaron Carter-Enyi, David Oludaisi Aina, Nathaniel Condit-Schultz

Africana Digital Ethnography Project

Tonal counterpoint is a common device in the oral improvisatory tradition of Yorùbá oríkì (praise-singing), first documented by Ọlátunji (1984). Both tonal and counterpoint are terms familiar to musicians, but the meaning here is the linguistic tonal, not the harmonic, and the rhetorical counterpoint, not polyphonic. Ọlátunji describes couplets in which each phrase is parallel if not identical in terms of phonic content and the first sets up a tonal expectancy for the second. The contrast might also be between words within a single phrase. There are three primary categories of tonal counterpoint in Yorùbá oríkì: parallelism of similar words ...


Choreopoems: Augmenting Textuality With Movement, Aaron Carter-Enyi, Zari McFadden 2018 Morehouse College

Choreopoems: Augmenting Textuality With Movement, Aaron Carter-Enyi, Zari Mcfadden

Africana Digital Ethnography Project

In 1975, Ntozake Shange debuted For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf establishing a new intermedia genre: the choreopoem. A choreopoem is a unique approach to storytelling that departs from Western poetry by incorporating emphases on movement and nonverbal communication, using embodied emotion to connect with audiences. Shange’s innovation is continued through the work of Jessica Care Moore (poet) and Aku Kadogo (choreographer, Spelman College) who has developed a techno-choreopoem entitled Salt City. The work celebrates Black culture in Detroit: “the African-American presence in the city … [and] techno-music that was pioneered by African-American men ...


Promenade Locale: Walking Practice As Performance, Georgia M. Snowball 2018 Federation University Australia

Promenade Locale: Walking Practice As Performance, Georgia M. Snowball

PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research

This article develops and narrates concepts of participant-spectator encounters with place, as outcomes of the practice-led-research performances of Promenade Locale. The Promenade Locale series was performed over three consecutive years from 2014-2016, in a regional country town in Australia. Following on from the ‘mis-guided tours’ of Wrights & Sites, the author/performer embodies the persona of Ms Guide, to take participants on night tours. Methods of the performance making and live process are discussed, which aimed to provoke participants to engage with aspects of their own town in an altered and potentially more dynamic way. Addressing themes of participation and performativity ...


The Flâneuse In The Virtual City: Exploring "Lost Angeles", Zena Bibler 2018 University of California, Los Angeles

The Flâneuse In The Virtual City: Exploring "Lost Angeles", Zena Bibler

PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research

In this essay, I contemplate the role of video gamer as flâneur in Lost Angeles, a three-hour video work by Lee Tusman that captures the wanderings of gamer Derm McGuigan within the virtual world of Los Santos. With the help of Lena Hammergren’s “The re-turn of the flâneuse” I will consider how the video, originally conceived of as a project of “virtual flânerie,” might fall more accurately under the domain of the flâneuse, who uses the kinesthetic as a way to enter previously inaccessible spaces. As McGuigan moves his avatar through Los Santos, he integrates stimuli from the game ...


Toward A Workshop In Theatre Phenomenology, Daniel W. Johnston 2018 Sheffield Hallam University

Toward A Workshop In Theatre Phenomenology, Daniel W. Johnston

PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research

This text and accompanying audio-visual files document a theatre workshop aimed at investigating how philosophical phenomenology might be useful in the creative process. Phenomenology is understood here as the study of the way the world shows itself to conscious experience through practical engagement with the world. The workshop involved five professional actors and four undergraduates working on Act II of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard over two days. Basic concepts of phenomenology were introduced including Worldhood, Being-with-others, Moods, and Temporality. Each participant used a digital voice recorder to reflect on a series of exercises and tasks aimed at focusing ...


A Review Essay: Rendering "Staging Wittgenstein", Rebecca B. Warzer 2018 New York University

A Review Essay: Rendering "Staging Wittgenstein", Rebecca B. Warzer

PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research

Blair Simmons’ performance Staging Wittgenstein was born from a text—Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus—and this review renders it textual again. Staging Wittgenstein takes the logics of language developed in the book and plays them out on stage in physical and dialogical acts. In the transformation from philosophy text to performance, the brilliant, puzzling text is made live and funny, but its curious, inventive logic is retained. The review considers the nature of this transformation, and what it means to “enact” theory, using Natasha Myers’ notion of a “rendering” to frame the performance as a productive criticism of fundamental assumptions ...


Writing The Collaborative Process: Measure (Still) For Measure, Shakespeare, And Rape Culture, Nora J. Williams 2018 Independent Scholar

Writing The Collaborative Process: Measure (Still) For Measure, Shakespeare, And Rape Culture, Nora J. Williams

PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research

To what extent can a process of collaborative creation unseat Shakespeare as a source of cultural authority?

In February 2016, a group of professional performers gathered in an abandoned shop front in Exeter’s city centre to formally begin a devising process with Shakespeare and Middleton’s Measure for Measure that had been incubating in my mind for almost a year. Nearly a year later, in January 2017, an unrelated group of secondary school students began a similar process, with the same text.

What began as a persistent sense that these long-dead writers had omitted an important perspective in their ...


I, Thou, And The Sphere Between: Reflections On Dancing Difference In One Direction, Hannah S. Schwadron 2018 Florida State University

I, Thou, And The Sphere Between: Reflections On Dancing Difference In One Direction, Hannah S. Schwadron

PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research

This paper addresses the subjects of dance and exile in relation to diverse cultural histories in Germany and their resonances across distinct time periods. As my central example, I introduce Dancing Exile, an ongoing improvisation and performance project developed across borders, cultures, and experiences. The project underscores the work of political and artistic representation past and present in Hamburg, by looking at the lives of contemporary refugees alongside earlier Jewish holocaust histories tied to the cityscape. Sharing the collaborative work of performers from Afghanistan, Germany, and the US, including myself, I discuss the aesthetic and social dynamics of this ongoing ...


Women’S Literacy In Early Modern Spain And The New World, Ed. By Anne J. Cruz And Rosilie Hernández, Kirsten Schultz 2018 Seton Hall University

Women’S Literacy In Early Modern Spain And The New World, Ed. By Anne J. Cruz And Rosilie Hernández, Kirsten Schultz

Kirsten Schultz

No abstract provided.


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