The Kids Are Driving The Bus, 2022 Hollins University
The Kids Are Driving The Bus, Kristin Lundberg
Playwriting (MFA) Theses
A full-length play with elements of music and audience participation. Ms. McShizzle has to decide how far she will go to challenge the educational system and empower her students to pursue their dreams. When confronting her nemesis, an audacious Clown with a harmful neurosis, McShizzle struggles to build the school community for good.
This Effeminate Stranger: Dionysus' Gender In Translation And Performance, 2022 Dartmouth College
This Effeminate Stranger: Dionysus' Gender In Translation And Performance, August Guszkowski
Independent Student Projects and Publications
This Effeminate Stranger: Dionysus’ Gender in Translation and Performance explores the possible interpretation of the character of Dionysus in Euripides’ Bacchae as genderqueer, specifically nonbinary. The project consists of a translation of the Bacchae from Ancient Greek into English which pays special attention to instances where Dionysus’ character is treated as somewhere between or outside of the traditional male-female gender binary, including placing emphasis on the god’s “effeminate” appearance and ability to influence other people to act across gendered lines. The groundbreaking translation refers to Dionysus with they/them pronouns rather than the traditional he/him and embraces this surprisingly well-evidenced reading …
The Velvet Ditch, 2022 Hollins University
The Velvet Ditch, Kate Leslie
Playwriting (MFA) Theses
At the party house, the door is always open.
Fiona finds herself living in her hometown after graduating from college. So she spends her weekends like everyone else: attending late night house parties after all the bars shut down. But no matter how much fun each party might be, Fiona eventually must face her past and her future.
A play about nostalgia and what it feels like to be lost.
This Is The Sky That I See, 2022 Bard College
This Is The Sky That I See, Gavin T. Mckenzie
Senior Projects Spring 2022
This is the sky that I see, a Senior Project submitted to The Division of Arts of Bard College, reflects the power we hold in defining and redefining spaces, and how ordinary places can be reimagined for the Othered body. I produced this show to allow the characters to shape and decide their worlds, centering on their relationships and feelings. This is the sky that I see establishes a completely queer world that centers Queer joy and friendship.
For As Long As The Lamp Is Burning: A One-Act Play, 2022 Emerson College
For As Long As The Lamp Is Burning: A One-Act Play, Jon Papernick
Emerson Authors, Researchers, & Creators
Miriam Bravermann, (Mama) a Holocaust survivor living in 1990’s Jerusalem believes the Nazis have stolen the mezuzah off her door post. Her adult son Avshalom is concerned that she’s beginning to lose her grip on reality and wants her to move in with him and his family. Mama has taken on the near holy responsibility of remembering, and refuses to accept that she may actually be forgetting.
The Mozart Conversation Or The Aria Of Nannerl Mozart: Drama In Three Acts And Two Tableaux, 2022 Western Michigan University
The Mozart Conversation Or The Aria Of Nannerl Mozart: Drama In Three Acts And Two Tableaux, Emmanuel M. Dubois
Emmanuel Dubois Compositions
1 play (v + 66 pages) ; includes Synopsis, Cast of characters, Setting, Costumes, Props
The full-length historic drama examines the impact of emerging feminism in the Mozart family during the Enlightenment era.
As social changes cause the rejection of sexism, Nannerl, Mozart's sister disrupts male ordained traditions as she affirms her genius as a musician. The new social trends disrupt the affectionate relationship with her brother Wolfgang, who is psychologically exhausted by the stress to perform. The parents, Leopold and Anna Maria, invoke the respect of old traditions to exploit financially the genius of their son and to minimize …
Deconstrucciones Del Hogar Hegemónico: La Familia Disfuncional En El Último Teatro Español, 2022 Ameriber (Universidad de Burdeos, Francia)
Deconstrucciones Del Hogar Hegemónico: La Familia Disfuncional En El Último Teatro Español, Ruth María Gutiérrez Álvarez
Teatro: Revista de Estudios Escénicos / A Journal of Theater Studies
El teatro español contemporáneo presenta una creciente tendencia a situar la familia en el centro de la materia dramática desde muy diferentes posturas estéticas, desde la autoreferencialidad y la autofictión del yo, procedimientos característicos de los ejercicios performativos, a la precisión de las formas de hiperrealismo. El presente artículo propone un análisis de aquellas piezas teatrales que llevan a cabo un profundo proceso de deconstrucción y desmitificación de la familia nuclear hegemónica por medio del cual, por un lado, se presenta el hogar como una convención social, política, económica e ideológica que oprime al individuo y, por otro, se cuestiona …
Love And Loss And Cake For Breakfast, 2022 Bard College
Love And Loss And Cake For Breakfast, Sydnee Nicole Kenny
Senior Projects Spring 2022
Senior Project submitted to The Division of Arts of Bard College.
A Note From The Co-Editors, 2021 Purdue University
A Note From The Co-Editors, Jada C. Johnson
Ideas: Exhibit Catalog for the Honors College Visiting Scholars Series
An introduction to the third issue of the third volume of Ideas Magazine, concerning the work and experience of Stone Soup Shakespeare.
A Virtuous Woman, Who Can Find?, 2021 Liberty University
A Virtuous Woman, Who Can Find?, Ashley Banker
Senior Honors Theses
The contemporary theatre world lacks prominent, virtuous female roles, which are needed to inspire both the actors who play them and the audience members who witness them to emulate their virtuous characteristics. Virtuous characters encourage society to strive for excellence, as well as provide excellent role models for the next generation of young women. From a Christian perspective, a virtuous female role strives to exemplify the traits in Proverbs 31: trustworthy, kind, industrious, selfless, strong, honorable, and God-fearing. The critically-acclaimed plays The Humans and Good People feature prominent female characters who do not exhibit these virtues. Although each play contains …
Marina Y Cleopatra En El Escenario Teatral, 2021 Chapman University
Marina Y Cleopatra En El Escenario Teatral, Jon Paul Lawton
World Languages and Cultures Student Papers and Posters
Cleopatra and Doña Marina come from distinct time periods in world history— respectively, the declining Ptolemaic dynasty of Egypt and the age of the Spanish conquest. Literature has been inspired by these historical figures, creating various interpretations of this Egyptian queen and Aztec translator. Fundamentally, these two personalities share similarities: both women fall in love with foreign invaders and harness influence in the political arena of their times. For this, they must rectify their romantic desires with loyalty for their home countries. The plays Todos los gatos son pardos by Carlos Fuentes and Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare reveal …
Program: Through The Looking Glass, And What You Found There, 2021 University of Dayton
Program: Through The Looking Glass, And What You Found There, University Of Dayton, Teejai Dorsey
Co-produced by the Theatre, Dance, and Performance Technology program and the Department of Music
What do you see when you look in the mirror? If you were on the other side looking back, in a land of opposites, how would your perception of reality be altered? Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There reflect the larger truths that underscore our social experience in this constantly changing nonsensical world. Journey with us through a wonderland of mystery and delight while exploring who we were, who we are, and who we are yet to become in this dramatic …
The Conscience Of Little Women: Beth's Epic, 2021 Belmont University
The Conscience Of Little Women: Beth's Epic, Mcewen Baker
Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)
From its conception, and through countless retellings, there is no doubt that Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is an American classic that has stood the test of time. Kate Hamill’s stage adaptation affirms and extends this legacy; the playwright adopts a contemporary feminist approach that defies gender norms and exclusivity in casting and encourages an actor-centered approach. This essay explains the importance of this adaptation and its influence on my portrayal of Beth March in Belmont University’s Fall 2021 production. It touches on the often overlooked significance of the second youngest sister as well as how my personal battle with …
Language As The Medium: A Literature Review. Harnessing The Prolific Power Of Dramatic Language As A Therapeutic Tool In Drama Therapy, 2021 Lesley University
Language As The Medium: A Literature Review. Harnessing The Prolific Power Of Dramatic Language As A Therapeutic Tool In Drama Therapy, Edward Freeman
Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses
Language in and of the theatre, with its palate of variegated writing styles and playwrights from throughout time, has the potential to be harnessed, focused, and systematized for use as a therapeutic tool within drama therapy – the field’s artistic medium. Drama therapy could benefit from having a specific medium germane to its artform which has the potential to provide practitioners with a common resource and means of communication, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning, as well as align the field with other creative arts therapies. Language encompasses all forms of human communication – speaking, writing, signing, gesturing, expressing facially – …
"Possessed": The Phenomenology Of Immersive Theatre, 2021 University of New Mexico
"Possessed": The Phenomenology Of Immersive Theatre, Shannon M. Flynn
Theatre & Dance ETDs
Using phenomenology as a lens of analysis, I investigate how immersive theatre engages audiences in a more direct and sensory way than traditional theatre. In a proscenium theatre the action is seen from the same angle. The theatre itself becomes a phenomenon in audience’s minds, each performance subtly influencing how the audience perceives the next. I investigate how relationships between audience and performers are altered in immersive experiences with no delineation between the space audience and actors occupy. The phenomenological idea of frontality places immersed audiences in positions where they are able to explore a constantly changing perspective of the …
La Teoría Del “Generolecto” Observada En La Llamada De Lauren De Paloma Pedrero Y Entre Villa Y Una Mujer Desnuda De Sabina Berman, 2021 Chapman University
La Teoría Del “Generolecto” Observada En La Llamada De Lauren De Paloma Pedrero Y Entre Villa Y Una Mujer Desnuda De Sabina Berman, Thomas Tsai
Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters
Created and popularized by Deborah Tannen, the Genderlect Theory explains how through social contexts, men and women have different ways of communicating. According to Tannen, men focus more on status, while women focus more on forming connections. On the other hand, there is also machismo, the behavior and attitude men partake to show that they are “manly” or “superior” to women and others they deem as inferior. Through the literary theatrical works, "La llamada de Lauren" by Paloma Pedrero and "Entre Villa y una mujer" desnuda by Sabina Berman, we can see similarities and differences in the Genderlect Theory and …
An Introduction To Theatre Of Omniscience, 2021 Cleveland State University
An Introduction To Theatre Of Omniscience, Kierstan K. Conway
The Downtown Review
Theatre is an art of infinite possibility and is created and viewed from a variety of different lenses. Throughout history, artistic movements such as realism, surrealism, naturalism, expressionism, romanticism, and many more have influenced the ideologies of theatrical artists. Theatre practitioners make a stake in their artistic beliefs in the form of manifestos, which encapsulate their understanding in an abstract or concrete way. In reading and studying these manifestos, the individual then has the choice to follow suit to a school of thought, or derive their own philosophy. Theatre, in one viewpoint, can be understood as a means of omniscience, …
Echoes Of The Past: A New Play, 2021 The University of Southern Mississippi
Echoes Of The Past: A New Play, Cayson Miles
My project is a new play titled Echoes of the Past. In this two-act full length play, two different diseases are explored: the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s, and the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. The show follows a trio of characters from each time period, and as the play progresses, the time periods begin to intersect, and the characters begin to interact with one another. I chose to write this play because as a member of the LGBT community, when I watched the response to the coronavirus pandemic unfold, I could not help but see the parallels to …
I Am, 2021 East Tennessee State University
I Am, Braylee Polson
Undergraduate Honors Theses
I Am is a creative thesis in the form of a theatrical play. This play creates a new Appalachian legend based around the Biblical Story of Moses, feminism, and the African Deity Mami Wata.
A Tough Nut Never Boils: Thoughts And Ruminations On Language And Playmaking, 2021 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
A Tough Nut Never Boils: Thoughts And Ruminations On Language And Playmaking, Lauren Ferebee
Graduate Theses and Dissertations
After an unorthodox journey through higher education ending during the coronavirus pandemic, which has made the typical theatrical thesis production and subsequent typical final year impossible, the author reflects on the body of work she has created at the University of Arkansas as an M.F.A. candidate in playwriting at the Department of Theatre, how she has reached both deeper into her own discipline and outside of it to widen her understanding of liveness, performance, and textual creation. She interrogates her own unexpected experiences, from figuring out how to make theatre without theatres, to teaching students who have never seen a …