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The Mary Wigman Book, Mary Wigman 2017 Wesleyan University

The Mary Wigman Book, Mary Wigman

The NEH/Mellon Open Book Program, Dance Titles – open access Ebooks

The final testament of a great creative artist, whose genius as a dancer and choreographer was well matched by her verbal gifts. In this volume, Walter Sorell, her longtime friend, brings together a rich selection of her writings: warm letters, poems, anecdotes of her early years, witty cartoons, essays on the art of dance, and on some of her own works. Included are her reminiscences of her first compositions and performances, of the dancers who flocked to her company and school at Dresden, and of her triumphant American tours in 1930–1933. The Mary Wigman Book was originally published by ...


Forum On The Art Of Participation: A Curated Collection Of Reflections, Explorations, And Instructions, Astrid Breel, Hannah Newman, Robbie Wilson 2017 University of Kent, UK.

Forum On The Art Of Participation: A Curated Collection Of Reflections, Explorations, And Instructions, Astrid Breel, Hannah Newman, Robbie Wilson

PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research

This section of the journal collates articles and other content arising from The Art of Participation Forum, which took place on the 7th & 8th of May, 2016, at the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK. The event brought together an international group of artists and academics who are involved in participatory arts in a variety of ways and who hail from the many corners of this wide field of activity. We wanted to explore the inherently practical phenomenon of participatory arts by doing as well as discussing, which meant that the Forum took a practice-as-research approach. To this end, we ...


Participatory Theatre As A Practice As Research Tool For Engaging With Young Men To Interrogate Masculinity And Hiv In Malawi, Zindaba Chisiza 2017 University of Malawi, Chancellor College

Participatory Theatre As A Practice As Research Tool For Engaging With Young Men To Interrogate Masculinity And Hiv In Malawi, Zindaba Chisiza

PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research

This article is about a series of participatory theatre-based workshops that I conducted with a group of male students from the University of Malawi between February and June 2015. In Malawi, young men are at high risk of acquiring HIV because of pressure to perform sexually risky behaviours (not using condoms and having multiple sexual partners) in order to assert themselves as men. The failure to engage men in challenging and changing dangerous constructions of masculinity will continue to leave women vulnerable to infection and perpetuate the spread of HIV. Using workshop and performance vignettes I illustrate how theatre-based methodologies ...


Embodying Rhythm Nation: Multimodal Hip Hop Dance As A Site For Adolescent Social-Emotional And Political Development, Lauren M. Roygardner 2017 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Embodying Rhythm Nation: Multimodal Hip Hop Dance As A Site For Adolescent Social-Emotional And Political Development, Lauren M. Roygardner

All Graduate Works by Year: Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

This exploratory study employed qualitative methodology, specifically values analysis, to learn more about how being involved within Hip hop dance communities positively relates to adolescent development. Adolescence was defined herein as ages 13-23. The study investigated Hip hop dance communities in terms of cultural expertise (i.e. novice, intermediate and advanced/expert) to look specifically at dance narratives (i.e. peak experience narratives and “I dance because” essays) and hip hop dance performances. The primary purpose of this dissertation was to (1) explore how adolescents use multimodal Hip hop dance discourse for social-emotional development and critical consciousness, and to (2 ...


The King’S Daughter, Reout Essiminy Feldman 2017 CUNY Hunter College

The King’S Daughter, Reout Essiminy Feldman

School of Arts & Sciences Theses

The King’s Daughter is a spatial video installation that depicts an oversized projection of a woman’s head. Her eyes are closed, and there are necklaces with words coming out of them. The necklaces disappear into the black surface. The King’s Daughter happens in a black room, where the viewer can only view the installation through a window.


"Hippie Acid Freak Drag Queens:" Situating The Cockettes Within An Art Historical Context, Scott Dow 2017 CUNY Hunter College

"Hippie Acid Freak Drag Queens:" Situating The Cockettes Within An Art Historical Context, Scott Dow

School of Arts & Sciences Theses

This thesis situates the Cockettes – a performance group rarely referenced in art historical discourse - within Bay Area performance art, second-wave feminist art, and the Gay Liberation Movement. Contextualizing the Cockettes within their contemporary art movements provides a new understanding of the group and emphasizes their significance to art history.


Fuddy Meers: Lighting On The Edge Of Consciousness, Sheric W. Hull 2017 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Fuddy Meers: Lighting On The Edge Of Consciousness, Sheric W. Hull

Student Research, Performance, and Creative Activity: Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts

This thesis outlines the concept, research, and production process of the lighting design for the play Fuddy Meers by David Lindsay Abaire. This show took place Oct 6th - 8th and 12th – 16th 2016 in the Studio Theatre at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The creative team was comprised of the director Dustin Mosko*, the scenic designer Lisa Haldeman*, costumes/prosthetics/ puppetry designed by Rebecca Armstrong*, sound designer Araceli Ramirez, projection content Zachary Trout, and I was the production’s lighting designer. The production team was comprised of stage manager ...


Now Presenting: Uri Theatre, Allyson Schiller 2017 University of Rhode Island

Now Presenting: Uri Theatre, Allyson Schiller

Senior Honors Projects

Honors Project Abstract

In my years as a theatre student and practitioner, I have learned that the most creative people aren’t necessarily found center stage. For every actor taking a bow, there are numerous support staff who created the production that will bring actors acclaim. Without an audience, the work of these artists will remain unseen and unappreciated. Therefore, those who promote the performances are certainly an integral part of the theatrical process. Often referred to as “show business”, the ticket sales and revenue are essential to the health and well being of any theatrical organization. URI Theatre, like ...


Le Sacre Du Printemps: The First Rite (An Exploration Of Modern And Aerial Dance As Storytelling), Whitney Bates 2017 East Tennessee State University

Le Sacre Du Printemps: The First Rite (An Exploration Of Modern And Aerial Dance As Storytelling), Whitney Bates

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Le sacre du printemps, a ballet choreographed in 1913 by Vaslav Nijinsky, played an important part in changing the way the world thought about choreography. Since, modern choreographers such as Graham and Taylor have followed in the tradition of creating their own versions of Le sacre. This thesis outlines the significance of Le sacre. It also describes how Bates created a choreographic project using Nijinsky, Taylor, and Graham influences, and also combining modern dance floor techniques with aerial choreography.


Scenic Design For "The Metal Children", Joseph Bryan Farley 2017 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Scenic Design For "The Metal Children", Joseph Bryan Farley

Theses and Dissertations

A scenic design for the play “The Metal Children” by Adam Rapp was created and performed by the steps of the design process used in the design program at the University of Arkansas Department of Theatre. The Metal Children presents itself as a multi-unit set. With a script that introduces five different locations, one begins to question how we move forward with every different scene fluidly and in a quick scene shift time. When beginning the design process, I had to look at the show as if it were a musical with multiple scenic pieces that would fly in and ...


Discovering The Secrets Of The Annex: The Scenic Design Of "The Diary Of Anne Frank", Kiah Kayser 2017 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Discovering The Secrets Of The Annex: The Scenic Design Of "The Diary Of Anne Frank", Kiah Kayser

Theses and Dissertations

This thesis describes the analysis, design, and implementation of University of Arkansas’ production of The Diary of Anne Frank. The entire process is explored and analyzed with a specific focus on the challenges the production staff faced along with creative victories that we shared when creating this production. This document comments on and explores how the facts of the story and principal location of The Diary of Anne Frank influenced our more abstracted world of the play.

This thesis includes the essential design documents and support materials used in the creation of the scenic design of The Diary of Anne ...


Expressions Of Madness In Coloratura Mad Scenes Of Bel Canto Operas, Rachel G. Christenson 2017 Liberty University

Expressions Of Madness In Coloratura Mad Scenes Of Bel Canto Operas, Rachel G. Christenson

Senior Honors Theses

This thesis will explore the musical innovations in the mad scenes of the bel canto composers in the 1800s. It will analyze Gaetano Donizetti’s mad scenes in Anna Bolena (1830) and Lucia di Lammermoor (1835), and Vincezzo Bellini’s mad scenes in I Puritani (1835) to discover how each composer expresses madness through the high and virtuosic voice of the coloratura soprano. The subject of madness is not a new idea in opera. However, the mad scenes of Donizetti and Bellini are the most successful and are often performed in opera houses around the world. Specific attention is given ...


Hamlet: An Illuminating Look At Tragedy, Maxx Finn 2017 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Hamlet: An Illuminating Look At Tragedy, Maxx Finn

Student Research and Creative Activity in Theatre and Film

This thesis describes the research and production process of the lighting design of Hamlet, adapted by Wesley Broulik, performed in Howell Theatre, from November 17 through December 4 at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at the University of Nebraska. Hamlet was directed by Wesley Broulik. Maxx Finn acted as the production’s lighting designer, Kaitlyn Peterson designed the set, Haley Williams designed the costumes, Emily Callahan designed the sound, Andrea Besch acted as the properties master, and Travis Smith was the acting technical director.

This thesis contains the entire lighting design process for Hamlet, including initial meetings ...


A Fuddy Thesis: Directing David Lindsay-Abaire's Fuddy Meers, Dustin M. Mosko 2017 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

A Fuddy Thesis: Directing David Lindsay-Abaire's Fuddy Meers, Dustin M. Mosko

Student Research and Creative Activity in Theatre and Film

This thesis contains the written documentation of the process of directing a theatrical production of Fuddy Meers by David Lindsay-Abaire, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for Master of Fine Arts in Directing for Stage and Screen at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Topics addressed include play selection, script analysis, concept development, casting, production & rehearsal processes, director's reflection, and critical responses of the production.

Advisor: Virginia Smith


Rapture. Redemption. Religion. Retail. Directing Samuel D. Hunter’S, A Bright New Boise, Chadwick R. Taylor 2017 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Rapture. Redemption. Religion. Retail. Directing Samuel D. Hunter’S, A Bright New Boise, Chadwick R. Taylor

Student Research and Creative Activity in Theatre and Film

This thesis contains the written documentation of the process of directing a theatrical production of A Bright New Boise by Samuel D. Hunter, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for Masters of Fine Arts in Directing for Stage and Screen at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Topics addressed include play selection, background of the play and author, script analysis, concept development, casting, production and rehearsal process, director’s reflection, and critical responses and self-evaluation.

Advisor: Ian Borden


Cross(Ing) The Line: Leadership In Devised Theatre, Monica Furman 2017 Chapman University

Cross(Ing) The Line: Leadership In Devised Theatre, Monica Furman

Honors Papers and Posters

“Traditional" (Western) theatre focuses on the relationship between the playwright and the director. Devised theatre is a reaction to the dominant ideology; it is ensemble-created original work. A group of artists collaborate and create a play with no script and, sometimes, no initial theme or message. They use various different art forms as well as interviews and narratives to create a theatrical experience.


The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Diane C. Merchant, Robert Clements, Tim Phipps, Rebekah Priebe 2017 Director and Dramaturgy Coordinator

The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Diane C. Merchant, Robert Clements, Tim Phipps, Rebekah Priebe

Theatre Productions

The Complete Works takes us through all of Shakespeare’s Histories, Comedies and Tragedies in one hilarious show! It’s a fast-paced romp through the Bard’s well known plays. Join three actors, lots of wigs, crazy props, bona fide costumes, and iambic pentameter all rolled into this Shakespearean adventure you won’t soon forget. It’s time to get up close and personal with this in-your-face merriment staged in our black-box performance venue.


Sound Design & Composition Studio Collaboration, Stewart Blackwood 2017 Kent State University

Sound Design & Composition Studio Collaboration, Stewart Blackwood

Undergraduate Research Symposium

This project is a collaboration between theatrical sound design and music composition departments. Our goals for this are professional grade recordings of experimental compositional pieces for the underscoring of this spring’s main stage production: Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Working together we can experiment with different ways of crafting and experimenting with sounds. Through this process we hope to expand the way all parts of the team think about creating feeling within an audience. Working together will be is a way of creating something that neither team member could create individually. We can raise the level of sound design for productions ...


Signs Of Love, Abbey Matye, Joe Pine 2017 Kent State University

Signs Of Love, Abbey Matye, Joe Pine

Undergraduate Research Symposium

As theatre artists, it is our responsibility to respond to the world around us and allow our work to embody that response. As the world rapidly changes, I tried to focus in on my little part of it: The School of Theatre & Dance at Kent State University. Last semester when I started learning American Sign Language I realized that my school infrequently provides opportunities for D/deaf students on campus to experience or be involved in our productions. After investigating, I learned that the lack of participation stems from a lack of access. The project I have put together as ...


Sameena Mustafa Interview, Uyanga Chinzorig 2017 DePaul University

Sameena Mustafa Interview, Uyanga Chinzorig

Asian American Art Oral History Project

Bio: Sameena Mustafa is a stand-up comedian, actor, and writer named in the Chicago Reader’s Best of Chicago 2016 issue. She has been featured in videos by The Onion and performed on world-famous stages like the Laugh Factory and Biograph Theater. A Northwestern University graduate, Sameena is a sought-after speaker and host, praised for founding Simmer Brown, a comedy showcase featured in the Chicago Sun-Times and Redeye Chicago.


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