Sexing The Stage: Designing Sets For Queer Plays, 2022 Ursinus College
Sexing The Stage: Designing Sets For Queer Plays, Elliot Cetinski
Theater Summer Fellows
How can we design queer plays in a way that acknowledges challenging content and celebrates queer theater history? How does a set designer use the research on a play’s challenging content and its historical relevance to influence the design and aid in telling the story? What are the tools and processes indispensable to a scenic designer’s creative process? Answers to all of these questions are the goal of my project, where I am exploring the queer plays of 1920s’ playwright Mae West and designing the set for her play The Pleasure Man through a modern queer lens. As ...
Limp Wrists, Clenched Fists: An Analysis Of Queer Performance Art As A Tool For Political Resistance, 2022 Wilfrid Laurier University
Limp Wrists, Clenched Fists: An Analysis Of Queer Performance Art As A Tool For Political Resistance, Neha Verma
Bridges: An Undergraduate Journal of Contemporary Connections
This paper explores the use of queer performance art as a tool for community mobilization and resistance to socio-legal oppressions. This essay is grounded in movements for queer liberation in the Global South, racialized working-class queer communities, and queer disability justice. As queer culture and aesthetics are often misappropriated for wider cisheteronormative audiences, this work reminds the revolutionary nature of queer performance art.
Does Participation In Extracurricular Theatre Productions Influence Emotional Wellbeing?, 2022 American School Foundation of Monterrey
Does Participation In Extracurricular Theatre Productions Influence Emotional Wellbeing?, Francis V. Sada Gutiérrez
International Graduate Program for Educators Master's Projects
The purpose of this study was to research whether or not participating in extracurricular theatre productions had an impact on the emotional wellbeing of students in middle and high school. Students involved in extracurricular theatre productions during the 2021-2022 school year were surveyed and asked to rate their level of confidence, self-esteem, among others. They were also asked open-ended questions regarding their experience in the theatre department and the learnings or benefits they perceived to have gained as a result. The multiple-choice questions showed data ranging from students claiming they were very confident to not confident at all, but the ...
'Night, Mother: A Thesis Production, 2022 Portland State University
'Night, Mother: A Thesis Production, Naomi R. Bowers
University Honors Theses
This paper is my reflection on the process of directing and producing the 1981 play 'Night, Mother by Marsha Norman. Overall, the mission of this piece is to catalog the journey from pre-production to the final product. I decided on this script in particular because of my own experiences with Epilepsy and mental illness, and the ways the play raises awareness of these often taboo topics. The cast was composed of two actors of a similar age, and due to time constraints, blocking was reduced to only what was essential. With help from my advisers and team, the end product ...
An Embodied Drama Therapy Approach To Restorative School Practices: A Method, 2022 Lesley University
An Embodied Drama Therapy Approach To Restorative School Practices: A Method, Sarah Harmer
Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses
Restorative School Practices offer schools a circle structure to shift the punitive mindset and power dynamics commonly found in America’s schools, to a model that focuses on relationship, connection, and mutual respect. Drama therapy interventions utilize embodied or active work that engage the entire person. The purpose of this thesis was to create a method to explore the addition of embodied drama therapy techniques to deepen the experience of the restorative school circle process. Three community-building and social emotional learning focused circles, in a second, fourth, and sixth grade class, were compared using the traditional scripts and then the ...
Sharing Walks As A Witnessing Practice: Exploring Movement-Based Pedagogies, 2022 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Sharing Walks As A Witnessing Practice: Exploring Movement-Based Pedagogies, Catalina Hernandez-Cabal
How we walk—or our inability to do so—is telling of who we have been. I propose this simple movement practice as a pedagogical engagement with the concept of faithful witnessing, which refers to attending to modes of power unbalance that might go unnoticed, and to people's creative and resistant possibilities (Lugones, 2003; Figueroa-Vásquez, 2015). This activity is suggested to provoke reflections about how we understand and experience social difference and power unbalances. The work introduces a simple score (a creative prompt) to explore walking-with others, creating instructions to teach others our movement, learning others', and delving into ...
Reclamation: The Crown Of African American Identity, 2022 Georgia College & State University
Reclamation: The Crown Of African American Identity, Lindsey Kellogg
English MA Theses
African American voices have been the main sources of influence on society and culture. For this reason, it is important that African Americans speak up and reclaim their voices. Not only are their voices important, but the stories that lie behind the voices are what need to be amplified. With the application of postcolonial theory, this thesis takes modern stories located in North America depicting racist behavior towards African Americans from the year 1970 to present-day New York City in order to fully amplify the process of social struggle. As these narratives are passed down through generations serving as a ...
Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea: An Exploration Of Scenic Design Process, 2022 University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea: An Exploration Of Scenic Design Process, Emma Laine Hoffbauer
Student Research and Creative Activity in Theatre and Film
The purpose of this thesis is to provide research, supporting paperwork, production photographs, and other pertinent materials which document the scenic design for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln/Nebraska Repertory Theatre production of Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea by Nathan Alan Davis. This thesis contains the following: research images collected to develop and communicate ideas regarding location, shape, texture, scale, mood, and historical and architectural reference to the production team; preliminary sketches and digital renderings, and photographs of the 1⁄4” scale model; a full set of drafting plates and painter’s elevations used to communicate finished appearance of each scenic ...
Reflections: Battling Body Image As A Dancer, 2022 East Tennessee State University
Reflections: Battling Body Image As A Dancer, Erika Shaffer
Undergraduate Honors Theses
Reflections is a dance I choreographed and performed on February 25, 2022 in studio 205 Campus Center Building at East Tennessee State University. The dance explores the relationship between a dancer’s mind and body and uses mirrors and repetition to express the dancers’ perception of their flaws and insecurities. The following thesis, Reflections: Battling Body Image as a Dancer, analyzes the artistic elements of the choreographic process, my experiences as a dance student at ETSU from 2018-2022, as well as my training in my youth. My research for this thesis involves exploring the history and craft of choreography including ...
Methods In Costume And Projection Design For Theatre, 2022 Utah State University
Methods In Costume And Projection Design For Theatre, Jessica Wallace
All Graduate Plan B and other Reports
A report detailing multiple practices for theatre design in costumes and projection. It is focused on playscript analysis, the design process, and the final build of the design for production.
The Shape Of Things: A Theatrical Examination Of The Progression Of Emotional Manipulation, 2022 Bridgewater College
The Shape Of Things: A Theatrical Examination Of The Progression Of Emotional Manipulation, Kylee Lorio
In Neil LaBute's work, The Shape of Things, graduate art student Evelyn Thompson meets security guard and future muse, Adam Sorenson, in an art museum during his late-night shift. Their meeting poses the question of just how far humans are willing to go for love. In less than two hours, LaBute’s insight regarding manipulation between intimate partners calls the integrity of our own interpersonal relationships into question. This project encapsulates the materials of Bridgewater College student Kylee Lorio while directing this production during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Once In A Lifetime: Designing Hair And Makeup For The Era Of Sound, 2022 The University of Southern Mississippi
Once In A Lifetime: Designing Hair And Makeup For The Era Of Sound, Olga Goupalova
This thesis describes the design process of an undergraduate theatre student creating hair and makeup looks for a production of George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s Once in a Lifetime, presented by the University of Southern Mississippi in the Fall of 2021. This thesis involved a detailed analysis of characters, the collection of primary research from the Roaring Twenties period, and constant communication with both the production team and the performers in order to achieve the most functional yet aesthetically pleasing hair and makeup designs possible.
Keywords: Hair, Makeup, Design, Theatre, Once in a Lifetime, Roaring Twenties, George S ...
"To Control A Human Destiny:" Sound Design For Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, 2022 The University of Southern Mississippi
"To Control A Human Destiny:" Sound Design For Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, Allison Bucher
This undergraduate thesis details the sound design process for the University of Southern Mississippi’s Fall 2021 production of Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen. Through analysis of the script style of the play, research of the playwright, and collaboration with the artistic team, this student created and implemented an effective sound design for this production.
Keywords: sound, design, theatre, Hedda Gabler, Ibsen
Selected Projects In Scenic Design, 2022 Utah State University
Selected Projects In Scenic Design, Sera Shearer
All Graduate Plan B and other Reports
A selection of scenic design projects completed in fulfillment of the Master of Fine Arts degree in scenic design at Utah State University.
Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea: An Expedition Into Technical Direction, 2022 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea: An Expedition Into Technical Direction, Joseph J. Shelly Jr
Student Research and Creative Activity in Theatre and Film
The Nebraska Repertory Theatre, in partnership with the Johnny Carson School of Theater, Film, and Emerging Media Arts at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, chose to produce Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea in March of 2021. Playwright Nathan Alan Davis completed the play in 2017. He is originally from Rockford, Illinois, and a graduate of Indiana University. Dontrell was his second produced play, premiering in June 2014 at the Source Festival in Washington, DC. Several theatres since 2014 have produced the play, and ours was the third show of the 2021-2022 season. The director was Ron Himes, the Founder and ...
First Year Showcase: Producing The First Year Showcase As A Capstone To My Last Three Years At Umw Theatre, 2022 University of Mary Washington
First Year Showcase: Producing The First Year Showcase As A Capstone To My Last Three Years At Umw Theatre, Cathryn Puglia
Student Research Submissions
For the Department of Theatre at UMW, the First Year Showcase is one of the first opportunities to involve new students. It gives them an opportunity to learn more about the department in a friendly and casual environment during the fall semester. In Fall 2021 Cathryn Puglia took on the challenge of producing the show. The documentation is a journal and reflection of the entire process.
Theoretical Lighting Design: Little Shop Of Horrors, 2022 University of Mary Washington
Theoretical Lighting Design: Little Shop Of Horrors, Lou Hillman
Student Research Submissions
This senior project includes design concepts, storyboard images, a light plot, a magic sheet, three cue lists, and three videos of songs from the show cued in the EOS augmented 3D software.
Ar Fantasia: An Augmented Reality Musical Experience, 2022 Rochester Institute of Technology
Ar Fantasia: An Augmented Reality Musical Experience, Joe Geigel, Yunn-Shan Ma, Juilee Decker
In 1940, Walt Disney Pictures released their third full length animated feature film, the classic film Fantasia. The concept and challenge behind Fantasia was simple: To merge music and visuals, using the media of animation, to provide an integrated backdrop for, and interpretation of, classical music. The complete film consisted of eight such animated sequences, each providing a visual landscape as a setting for a classical musical piece (Granata 2002).
Been Set Free: A Distributed Virtual Theatre Dance Performance, 2022 Rochester Institute of Technology
Been Set Free: A Distributed Virtual Theatre Dance Performance, Joe Geigel
For Frameless 2021, we present a fully realized example of virtual theatre. We define virtual theatre as a live theatrical performance, experienced on a stage in virtual reality, with participants in different physical locations (Geigel 2018).
Jet Of Blood Vr: First Playable Demo, 2022 Rochester Institute of Technology
Jet Of Blood Vr: First Playable Demo, Elizabeth Goins, Andy Head, Mason Hayes
A VR staging of Anonin Artaud’s 1925 surrealist play, Jet of Blood. The project experiments with virtual reality as a means to reimagine performance and frame the player, the audience, as actor. Ideas from Artaud’s philosophy such as the Theatre of Cruelty are incorporated along with spatial storytelling and game design. The project also seeks to expand accessibility to deaf and hard of hearing audiences through use of particle and text effects to visually express audio and sound.