Say “Yes And” To Improv: It’S Good For Your Brain, 2020 Trinity University
Say “Yes And” To Improv: It’S Good For Your Brain, Anthony F. Tresca
The Macksey Journal
Everyone improvises from the moment life begins, but few know what exactly happens when you improvise. Neuroscience shows the biological basis, and thus, the universality and practical application of improvisation. This recent research on the subject of improv shows why—for centuries—humans have been drawn to improv. The paper begins by offering historical antecedents to contemporary improvisation; then, moves on to discuss the rich history of American improvisation and the move towards integrating spontaneity into improvisational performances. Through close analysis of what makes something spontaneous, the effects of spontaneity on individuals have shown the “naturalness” of improv and its ...
Dance Artists’ And Choreographers’ Financial Sustainability In New York City Under The Createnyc Cultural Plan, 2020 State University of New York College at Brockport
Dance Artists’ And Choreographers’ Financial Sustainability In New York City Under The Createnyc Cultural Plan, Jolie Saltiel
Senior Honors Theses
New York City is brimming with a plethora of diverse art, performances, exhibits, and communities, sparking many people to regard it as the Cultural Capital of the World. The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) has been a longtime supporter of the arts in New York City. In 2017, the DCLA released the CreateNYC Cultural Plan, which was intended to increase equity and sustainability in the art and culture sector of New York City.
Desegregation Through Entertainment: Rodgers And Hammerstein’S South Pacific As An Instrument Of Military Policy, Leana M. Sottile
The Macksey Journal
American musical theatre has served as a composite of historical and cultural memory through its history but has also been an instrument of supporting changing American military policy and culture. The most notable example of this is Rodgers and Hammerstein's critically acclaimed musical South Pacific. Set during the Second World War II, the musical was celebrated by the American public for upholding Greatest Generation nostalgia and its progressive views on racial tolerance. Its depiction of the war was acclaimed by veterans and service members alike, prompting the shows heavy usage by the military to assist in the cultural changes ...
Communist Deus Ex Machinas: The Brechtian Epic And Its Influence Today, 2020 Florida State University
Communist Deus Ex Machinas: The Brechtian Epic And Its Influence Today, Hannah G. Hopke
The Macksey Journal
How did The Threepenny Opera, a sparsely-set musical theatre work with unsympathetic characters and borderline nonsensical songs draw popular acclaim, critical distaste, Nazi disdain, and musical covers by some of the top singers of the 20th and 21st century? A new type of modernist theatre emerged between the First and Second World Wars, pioneered by Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), who believed that the significance of a stage work lay not in its emotional appeal to the audience, but its frank depiction of social issues and moral imperative to reform a problematic society. The style was massively disruptive, partially for its divergence ...
A Reflective Practitioner Case Study Approach To Researching Verbatim Theatre, 2020 Flinders University
A Reflective Practitioner Case Study Approach To Researching Verbatim Theatre, Sarah Peters
The Qualitative Report
The Reflective Practitioner Case Study (RPCS) methodology, as defined by John O’Toole in Doing Drama Research (2006), is situated within the broader category of qualitative practice-led research, with a focus on inducing practice based data for analysis and research. This article details my application of the RPCS methodology when researching the process and impact of verbatim theatre practice within the context of writing and performing the verbatim play bald heads & blue stars. I provide examples of the triangulated documentation of the creative process, demonstrate strategic planning for the induction of data in order to research the values that influence ...
Use Of Mathematics In Costume Design And Construction, 2020 State University of New York College at Brockport
Use Of Mathematics In Costume Design And Construction, Ryan Dipaola
Senior Honors Theses
My journey at Brockport did not follow the typical mathematics major’s path; as a student in the adolescent education program, I focused on topics of mathematical literacy, including conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and mathematical reasoning. As an Honors student, I supplemented my learning experience by contracting courses in stage makeup and costume construction. This thesis combines what I’ve learned across the disciplines, and demonstrates the importance of teaching for mathematical literacy, and the benefits of recognizing underlying mathematical concepts and making informed decisions based on them.
Recalling The (Afro)Future: Collective Memory And The Construction Of Subversive Meanings In Janelle Monáe’S Metropolis-Suites, Anders Liljedahl
Focusing on the intersection of collective memory, technology, and African American popular music, this paper use aspects of the sonic narratives in Janelle Monáe’s Metropolis-Suites I–V to introduce core concepts of Afrofuturism. The paper challenges the positioning of collective memory as being exterior to the sphere of individual cognitive memory. By inhabiting past, present, and future at once, Afrofuturism is able to critically revisit collective memory not only as a social framework but also as actual individual memory. Afrofuturist discourse questions the status of the human being by examining African Americans as always already robotic, and posits ...
Annotated Bibliography - Grace Jones, Slave To The Rhythm, 2020 Boston Public Schools
Annotated Bibliography - Grace Jones, Slave To The Rhythm, Bennett Brazelton
Annotated Bibliography entry for Grace Jones' album, Slave to the Rhythm (1985).
Exploring Inclusion In A Therapeutic Theater Production, 2020 Lesley University
Exploring Inclusion In A Therapeutic Theater Production, Angelle Cook
Expressive Therapies Dissertations
The purpose of this study was to investigate the lived experiences of participants in an inclusive therapeutic theater production. This study was approached through a post-intentional phenomenological lens, informed by critical dis/ability theory. Ten participants with various dis/abilities took part in semi-structured interviews and eight of the ten participated in a focus group. The researcher followed a post-reflexion plan during the data collection and analysis process to bridle her biases and assumptions. Data were analyzed using the phenomenological method of thematic analysis. An art-based research process was undertaken, and a script, using direct quotes from the participant’s ...
Composing The Performance Of Ōto Shōgo’S The Water Station, 2020 University of Massachusetts Amherst
Composing The Performance Of Ōto Shōgo’S The Water Station, Vishnupad Barve
This written portion of my thesis documents my process as a director in composing the Performance of Ōto Shōgo’s The Water Station in collaboration with a creative team of designers, dramaturgs, stage managers and performers.
I share with the reader my processes toward fostering cohesion and collaboration among a team while composing a theatrical experience that departs from many theatrical conventions. I discuss significant learnings from several areas of dramaturgical and performance research that dovetail within the performance: aesthetics of divestiture, dramaturgy of simultaneity and composition of psychophysical score, and how I used this research to support the communication ...
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Dramaturgical Concerns): Re-Centering Dramaturgy And Comedy As Feminist Tools For Social Change, 2020 University of Massachusetts Amherst
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Dramaturgical Concerns): Re-Centering Dramaturgy And Comedy As Feminist Tools For Social Change, Shaila Schmidt
Titled as a play on Mindy Kaling’s 2011 book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), this thesis highlights the obstacles women, the genre of comedy, and dramaturgs face in order to be taken seriously in the arts. Using the work of Mindy Kaling, I explore how she uses comedy as a means of defying the expectations put upon her as an Indian American woman in order to provide context for the ways in which the marginal statuses of women of color and comedy overlap.
In an effort to demonstrate the ways in which comedy can be ...
Prosthetic Ontology Into Pedagogy: Applying Garoian’S Theory To The Performing Arts, 2020 Florida State University
Prosthetic Ontology Into Pedagogy: Applying Garoian’S Theory To The Performing Arts, Elise Lael Kieffer
International Journal of Lifelong Learning in Art Education
Prosthetic pedagogy, as developed by Charles Garoian, provides a framework for using artificial-real worlds created by the arts to influence and impact teaching practice. The prosthetic space is artificial, separate, from the artist and audience, yet it is felt authentically, as if it were part of their being. Garoian explored prosthetic pedagogy through visual arts and museum experiences. This research further examines prosthetic pedagogy by applying it the Theatre. The art of theatre builds worlds onstage and through performance that allow performers to be and exist apart from their physical selves in the realm of prosthetic reality. The artist and ...
Assassin In The Crescent City: The Untold Story Of John Wilkes Booth On His Only Visit To New Orleans In The Spring Of 1864, 2020 Loyola University, New Orleans
Assassin In The Crescent City: The Untold Story Of John Wilkes Booth On His Only Visit To New Orleans In The Spring Of 1864, Alex Christian Lucas
The Macksey Journal
Was Booth fully radicalized into the Confederate cause during his time in New Orleans? John Wilkes Booth’s three weeks in New Orleans in the spring of 1864 occurred during a pivotal time of turbulence and change in his life in the year preceding his assassination of President Lincoln and brought several major issues to the forefront of his consciousness: his constant public comparison to his family and its legacy, his faltering stage career, his financial troubles, and his perceived oppression of the Confederate South, which he loved. Existing literature has established that 1864 was a pivotal year in which ...
"Yes And": Exploring And Heightening The Positive Psychology In Improvisation, 2020 University of Pennsylvania
"Yes And": Exploring And Heightening The Positive Psychology In Improvisation, Bridget Erica Elam
Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Capstone Projects
This capstone contains a brief introduction to positive psychology and the art of improvisation, including a review of the literature that supports improvisation’s potential well-being effects. Also included in this capstone is a description of an exploratory study on improvisation and well-being. In this study, positive and negative affect, resilience, loneliness, and perceived life satisfaction was measured among a group of actors and improvisers from all over the United States. The study also features qualitative data, collected from the same participants, coded for positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishment (PERMA) in order to consider whether working without a ...
The Good War?: Reinterpreting The Second World War In Contemporary Musical Theatre, 2020 Chapman University
The Good War?: Reinterpreting The Second World War In Contemporary Musical Theatre, Leana Sottile
SURF Posters and Papers
For years, American musicals have contributed to the mythologization of the Second World War and upheld ‘Greatest Generation’ nostalgia in mainstream war memory. For example, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific is effectively silent on the brutality and dehumanization of the Pacific Theater and exoticizes the experience of service members. In the past five years, the New York theatre scene has seen three shows that portray the Second World War more accurately and less romantically: Allegiance, Bandstand, and Alice by Heart. While none of these shows ran for longer than a few months in New York, in that short time ...
In The Wake Of Medea: Neoclassical Theater And The Arts Of Destruction [Table Of Contents], 2020 Fordham University
In The Wake Of Medea: Neoclassical Theater And The Arts Of Destruction [Table Of Contents], Juliette Cherbuliez
In the Wake of Medea examines the violence of seventeenth-century French political dramas. French tragedy usually appears as a passionless, cerebral genre that refused all forms of violence. In the Wake explores the rhetorical, literary, and performance strategies through which violence persisted. The mythological figure of Medea, foreigner who massacres her brother, murders kings, burns down Corinth, and kills her own children, can serve as a paradigm for this violence. Paradigmatic also of the refugee who is welcomed yet feared, who confirms our concept of the social while threatening its integrity, Medea’s presence is this book’s organizing principle ...
10 Theses On Feminist Economics (Or The Antagonism Between The Strike And Finance), 2020 Universidad de Buenos Aires,
10 Theses On Feminist Economics (Or The Antagonism Between The Strike And Finance), Luci Cavallero, Verónica Gago
CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture
In their article, “10 Theses on Feminist Economics (or the antagonism between the strike and finance),” Luci Cavallero and Verónica Gago are interested in a feminist economics that is able to redefine, based on the bodies and territories in conflict, labor and exploitation, communal and feminized modes of doing and resisting, and popular innovation in moments of crisis. They write from the position of having formed part of the organizing for the feminist strike that, since 2016, has driven what they characterize as a massive, radical, and transnational movement. They root the theses that they synthesize here in that dynamic ...
Readymade Or Made [To Be] Ready, Replicant Or Surplus: Social Reproduction And The Biopolitics Of Abstraction Prefigured In Contemporary Art, Jaleh Mansoor
CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture
The artist may be one of the last subject-positions within capitalism to determine their own labour under the sign of “creativity,” and to be held at an oblique angle to value productive labour; they are dialectically “free” to be creative (Adorno, Vishmidt, Stakemeir, Beech). But since 1973 if not 1915, artists mark this creative capacity as a process whereby reification has migrated from that of the object to that of the subject, to the artist-subject, now heightened in a post-industrial era of “feminized” and immaterial labour where service eclipses production. Artists in the “post medium condition” elaborate practices that track ...
Detroit’S Water Wars: Race, Failing Social Reproduction, And Infrastructure, 2020 University of South Alabama
Detroit’S Water Wars: Race, Failing Social Reproduction, And Infrastructure, Brian Whitener
CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture
In this essay, I theorize an emergent urban power dynamic of infrastructural resource grabs or the use of state power to transfer infrastructural resources away from marginalized, racialized, and/or precariously documented populations. As a transfer, rather than a set of cuts or privatizations, I argue this dynamic is distinct from those of neoliberal or “shrinking” states and is a direct attack on the social reproduction capacity of communities and individuals. Focusing on the case of Detroit, where predominantly white suburban elites succeeded under the cover of Detroit’s 2013-14 bankruptcy proceedings to pry the possession of the water and ...
The Female Leadership Experience In Pre-Professional And Professional Ballet, 2020 Northern Michigan University
The Female Leadership Experience In Pre-Professional And Professional Ballet, Jill Grundstrom
All NMU Master's Theses
THE FEMALE LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE IN PRE-PROFESSIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL BALLET
The purpose of this qualitative, narrative research study was to explore the experiences of current female leaders in pre-professional and professional ballet. These stories often remain untold, as leadership in ballet has been largely male-dominated. The study examined the stories of four female leaders in ballet, including their journey to leadership, leadership philosophy and protocol, and thoughts regarding the future of female leadership in ballet. This study collected data using in-person, phone, and email interviews. The collected data was analyzed and coded for themes and conclusions using ...