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Changing Through Laughter With “Laughter For A Change”, Laurel J. Felt, Ed Greenberg 2016 University of Southern California, Annenberg

Changing Through Laughter With “Laughter For A Change”, Laurel J. Felt, Ed Greenberg

Occasional Paper Series

This paper describes systematic observation, research, and analysis of Laughter for a Change (L4C)’s 2011–2012 after-school improv workshop, revealing the program’s multiple impacts. Our data suggest that improvising creates a “safe space,” a supportive context in which participants feel empowered to take risks and play freely.


The Effects Of Politics And Media On America: Creating The Role Of Lainie Wells In Lee Blessing's Two Rooms, Arielle B. Brown, Arielle B. Brown 2016 University of New Orleans, New Orleans

The Effects Of Politics And Media On America: Creating The Role Of Lainie Wells In Lee Blessing's Two Rooms, Arielle B. Brown, Arielle B. Brown

University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations

Two Rooms, by Lee Blessings, was selected for performance at the University of New Orleans during the fall of 2015. I studied and portrayed the role of Lainie Wells as my thesis project. The purpose of my thesis was to research a character physically, psychologically, and emotionally as an actress and create a character through the eyes of Lainie Wells.

The following is a brief breakdown of the structure of my written thesis: biography of Lee Blessing, hostage families and their mental state as it relates to the Iranian hostage crisis, mass media effects on Syria, The Hunt for Bin ...


More Than A Pretty Face: An Exploration Of Célimène In Molière’S The Misanthrope, Sarah E. James 2016 University of New Orleans

More Than A Pretty Face: An Exploration Of Célimène In Molière’S The Misanthrope, Sarah E. James

University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations

Molière’s The Misanthrope explores themes of hypocrisy, love, and the elusive nature of the truth. The play centers on the effects of unapologetic honesty in a society overflowing with pretense.

Célimène serves as the supreme example of this society, but is more complicated than the shallow follies she represents. She walks the tight rope between truth and survival and must keep the balance without leaning too heavily one way or the other – lest she fall.

This thesis endeavors to articulate the creation of a multi-dimensional character that connects with today’s audience and facilitates an understanding of the intentions ...


How To Be A Misanthrope: Creating The Title Role In Moliere’S The Misanthrope, David Cleveland Brown 2016 University of New Orleans, New Orleans

How To Be A Misanthrope: Creating The Title Role In Moliere’S The Misanthrope, David Cleveland Brown

University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations

This thesis documents my research, rehearsal, and performance of the role of Alceste in Moliere’s The Misanthrope, which includes, a biography of Moliere, character analysis, role development, a rehearsal journal, character research, acting process, evaluation of my performance, and script analysis. The Misanthrope was produced by the UNO Department of Film and Theatre, under the direction of David W. Hoover. The play was performed in the Robert E. Nims Theatre of the Performing Arts Center September 17 - 19, 24 - 26 at 7:30pm, and September 27, 2015 at 2:30pm.


Becoming Ellen Van Oss In Lee Blessing's Two Rooms, Tiffany S. Anderson 2016 University of New Orleans, New Orleans

Becoming Ellen Van Oss In Lee Blessing's Two Rooms, Tiffany S. Anderson

University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations

This thesis documents the process implemented in creating the character of Ellen Van Oss in Lee Blessing’s Two Rooms. It includes research, character analysis, script analysis and an evaluation of my performance. Two Rooms was produced by the UNO Department of Film and Theatre and directed by Erick Wolfe. The play was performed at the Robert E. Nims Theatre in the UNO Performing Arts Center November 7, 12, 13, 21, 2015 at 7:30pm and November 8 and 22, 2015 at 2:30pm.


Addiction: Physiology In Performance, Opioid Pharmacology In Character Development For The Theater, Lacey M. Smith 2016 Loyola Marymount University

Addiction: Physiology In Performance, Opioid Pharmacology In Character Development For The Theater, Lacey M. Smith

Honors Thesis

Actors inquire into the physical, mental, and emotional impulses of their respective characters in the effort to develop a cohesive persona for the stage. The goal of this research is to determine whether a more thorough, scientific understanding of the physiopyschological phenomena a character experiences, specifically opioid withdrawal, will aid in the depiction of symptoms on stage. The project began with a research period and culminated in physical dissemination through theater performance. Both video, audio, and text media were utilized to establish a thorough comprehension of the physiological mechanisms in opioid addiction. Further profiling of the characteristics and symptomatic episodes ...


An Actor’S Approach To Claire In Proof By David Auburn, Kathryn Patterson 2016 East Tennessee State Universtiy

An Actor’S Approach To Claire In Proof By David Auburn, Kathryn Patterson

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The areas of study in the Proof thesis contain research on the play, the playwright, and the acting style utilized in the performance and character analysis. The acting style in this process focuses on the actor’s creative work in preparation of portraying a female character. This character is a controlling woman that is unable to manipulate others. By using relaxation techniques involving the Alexander Technique, the actor was able to transition into the character with honest emotions and motives. Finding similarities to the character by using personal relationships gave the actor the ability to discover connections with the character ...


An Actor’S Growth: From Student To Professional, Tackling Collegiate Theatre With Michael Lee, Michael B. Lee 2016 East Tennessee State University

An Actor’S Growth: From Student To Professional, Tackling Collegiate Theatre With Michael Lee, Michael B. Lee

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis includes the journey of Michael Lee becoming a professional actor by performing several characters within two contrasting productions. The first, "The Trojan Women", by Euripides, Michael portrayed Poseidon, Talthybius, and The Guard in ETSU's very own Bud Frank Theatre. Michael's second production included the character of Charles in the modern drama "Race" by David Mamet, which was held in the newly renovated Studio 205. Michael documented his growth as an actor through daily journal entries and analyzing the final performances.


Behind The Stakes, Between The Lines, Beyond The Pun: A Critical Deconstruction Of Humor In William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, And Other Popular Comedies, Jaime Libby 2016 Dominican University of California

Behind The Stakes, Between The Lines, Beyond The Pun: A Critical Deconstruction Of Humor In William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, And Other Popular Comedies, Jaime Libby

Master's Theses and Capstone Projects

Humor is a powerful rhetorical device employed at all levels of human discourse—from casual banter to political debate. Still, despite humor’s global prevalence, its historical transgressiveness, and its distinct potential both to neutralize and critically engage highly fraught issues, humans do not often pause to ask how humor works. And what does its working tell us about our humanness? This thesis explores the operation of humor in literature and performance, using tools provided by structuralist, deconstructive, and postmodern critical arenas, to reveal how humor’s fundamental structures invite humans to entertain new perspectives and practice empathy. The study ...


The Process Of Empathetic Bonding With Berniece Charles., Candice Renee Handy 2016 University of Louisville

The Process Of Empathetic Bonding With Berniece Charles., Candice Renee Handy

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The rehearsal process of theatre art entails several steps leading up to performance. Traditionally, the ensemble will discuss together what is needed to produce the theatrical piece, the director will work with each scene individually, and eventually the ensemble will be able to perform the entire piece, with only polishing left to do before performance. This process varies depending on the type of genre that will be performed. The rehearsal process to produce plays that are written with realistic settings and plot lines often, but not always, involve these steps. In order for this process to be productive, as an ...


Presence And The Actor's Craft., Casey Richard Moulton 2016 University of Louisville

Presence And The Actor's Craft., Casey Richard Moulton

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this thesis is to establish that Presence is essential to an actor’s craft. This thesis makes considerable mention of my own work on Naomi Iizuka’s Polaroid Stories, playing the part of SKINHEADboy, as well as making mention of the theoreticians and practitioners of Acting who have dealt with the subject of Presence. The parallels I draw between actor training and the sources from outside of the field of Acting feed not only into an understanding of how consequential Presence is for the actor, but also how Presence can affect the lives human beings. This thesis ...


Sweeney Todd, Jay Cranford, Michelle Crouch 2016 Augustana College, Rock Island Illinois

Sweeney Todd, Jay Cranford, Michelle Crouch

2010-2019: All Shows

Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to 19th century London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up, and the carnage has only just begun!


Ouachita To Present One-Act Play Festival May 5-6, Ali Robinson 2016 Ouachita Baptist University

Ouachita To Present One-Act Play Festival May 5-6, Ali Robinson

Press Releases

Ouachita Baptist University’s Department of Theatre Arts will host its student-directed One-Act Play Festival on Thursday and Friday, May 5-6, at in Verser Theatre. Thursday’s performances will begin at 8 p.m., and Friday’s performances will begin at 7 p.m. The festival is free and open to the public.

The One-Acts are a project for students enrolled in a directing course who are working to complete a theatre degree. Ten one-act plays will be performed over the two-day festival.


Exploring Femme Fatale Through Lady Macbeth, Tori Hidalgo 2016 Otterbein University

Exploring Femme Fatale Through Lady Macbeth, Tori Hidalgo

Honors Thesis Projects

I performed the role of Lady Macbeth at a common hour presented to Otterbein University’s Department of Theatre and Dance students. The concept involved presenting a cut of Shakespeare’s Macbeth that highlighted the development of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s relationship. In scripting and performing this adaptation, I sought to fully incorporate my body into my acting style and to expand and apply my knowledge of the femme fatale archetype to a well known literary character: Lady Macbeth. Another goal of this project was to determine how and if the femme fatale fits into feminist ideologies.


Transgender Issues In Film, Eulalah R. Prater Mx 2016 East Tennessee State University

Transgender Issues In Film, Eulalah R. Prater Mx

SEWSA 2016 Intersectionality in the New Millennium: An Assessment of Culture, Power, and Society

The question of gender inequality in film has been widely debated, both within the industry as well as within gender studies, with scholars such as Dr. Stacy L. Smith, Marc Choueiti, Elizabeth Scofeils, Dr. Katherine Pieper and Melissa Rigney arguing about gender inequality in modern popular films. However, these critics ignore the issue of trans-inclusive representation. My paper addresses the issue of trans* representation in modern film through comparative analysis with Greek theatre and early American film. I argue that in order to better understand lack of non-cis-gendered representation, it is instructive to connect this phenomenon to blackface in early ...


Wit, Diane C. Merchant, Tim Phipps 2016 Director and Dramaturgy Coordinator

Wit, Diane C. Merchant, Tim Phipps

Theatre Productions

A brilliant and respected university professor, known for her teaching of the difficult and metaphysical poems of John Donne, is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Throughout the course of her experimental treatments, she comes to an understanding of her work, and her life, with profound humor. Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the New York Times called WIT a “brutally human and beautifully layered new play…you feel both enlightened and, in a strange way, enormously comforted.” Presented in an intimate staging atmosphere, WIT is sure to move you.


Risd Cabaret 1987-2000 Retrospective Poster, Agnieszka Taborska, Bill Newkirk 2016 Rhode Island School of Design

Risd Cabaret 1987-2000 Retrospective Poster, Agnieszka Taborska, Bill Newkirk

RISD Cabaret 1987-2000 Retrospective

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Risd Cabaret 1987-2000 Retrospective Program, Agnieszka Taborska, Bill Newkirk 2016 Rhode Island School of Design

Risd Cabaret 1987-2000 Retrospective Program, Agnieszka Taborska, Bill Newkirk

RISD Cabaret 1987-2000 Retrospective

No abstract provided.


Stanislavski And Csikszentmihalyi On Inspired Acting And How It Is Achieved Through Concentration And Imagination, Anna R. Gallucci 2016 Kent State University - Kent Campus

Stanislavski And Csikszentmihalyi On Inspired Acting And How It Is Achieved Through Concentration And Imagination, Anna R. Gallucci

Undergraduate Research Symposium

In An Actor’s Work, Konstantin Stanislavski examines the concepts of concentration and imagination and how they are essential components of an actor’s ability to effectively pursue an objective. The purpose of having an objective is so that the actor might live in the moment by being fully absorbed in the given circumstances of the play. Objectives must be sufficiently specific to inspire this kind of subconscious absorption and therefore inspired acting that is exactly as in nature. Similarly, in Flow, Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi states that focus and concentration in pursuit of a complex goal balanced against an individual’s ...


The Fabulous Lunts: A Biography Of Alfred Lunt And Lynn Fontanne, Jared Brown 2016 Illinois Wesleyan University

The Fabulous Lunts: A Biography Of Alfred Lunt And Lynn Fontanne, Jared Brown

Jared Brown

Foreword by Helen Hayes. Biography of the best loved and most successful acting team in American theatrical history.


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