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A Dull Engima: Historians’ Analysis Of Gilbert And Sullivan’S Impact On The Development Of The American Musical Theatre, Andrew Vorder Bruegge 2011 Winthrop University

A Dull Engima: Historians’ Analysis Of Gilbert And Sullivan’S Impact On The Development Of The American Musical Theatre, Andrew Vorder Bruegge

Andrew Vorder Bruegge, Ph.D.

Discussion of Gilbert and Sullivan's artistic practices that anticipated artistic practices in the American musical genre.


Just Let Me Fly, Jim McGovern 2011 Technological University Dublin

Just Let Me Fly, Jim Mcgovern

Other resources

‘Just Let Me Fly’ is a three act play by Jim McGovern. The underlying genre is tragedy with some dry humour and incidental music. The main theme is academic rivalry and the feeling of being repressed or bullied. The context is a department of aeronautical engineering at a university. An audio play variant is also available: ‘Fly Faster.’

The main character, Leonard Twiglet, is a middle-aged Reader in Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Selfridge. Between the spring of 2003 and the autumn of 2004 Leonard experiences a crisis that, without his realizing it, has been building up for years ...


Fly Faster, Jim McGovern 2011 Technological University Dublin

Fly Faster, Jim Mcgovern

Other resources

‘Fly Faster’ is an audio play by Jim McGovern. The underlying genre is tragedy with some dry humour and incidental music. The main theme is academic rivalry and the feeling of being repressed or bullied. The context is a department of aeronautical engineering at a university. The play also takes an irreverent look at some engineering, academic and commercial attitudes and practices. It may contain some technical terms! A full three-act stage play variant is also available: ‘Just Let Me Fly.’

Leonard Twiglet runs a propeller-propulsion research grouping, called APPEAL, from the Department of Aeronautical Engineering at the University of ...


Theatre-In-Action: Participatory Drama For Bullying Prevention, Kimberly M. Jordan 2011 Skidmore College

Theatre-In-Action: Participatory Drama For Bullying Prevention, Kimberly M. Jordan

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) Student Scholarship

As school bullying, harassment, relational aggression, and cyberbullying gain recognition for their far-reaching, negative effects on youth development, Vermont school administrators have begun to take pro-active steps toward statewide anti-bullying education. Although guidance and behavioral supports link naturally with drama, Vermont's most commonly utilized bullying prevention programs do not include practical intervention tools with which students can practice being actors, participants, and critical observers. This thesis identifies and articulates the need for practical applications of participatory theatre within anti-bullying curricula in order to strengthen prevention plans already in place in Vermont schools. The author's research has led to ...


John Ficca, John Ficca, Meg Miner 2011 Illinois Wesleyan University

John Ficca, John Ficca, Meg Miner

All oral histories

Emeritus Professor, School of Theater Arts John Ficca taught full time in the School of Theater Arts from 1956-2002 and was also Director of the School of Theater Arts.

Ficca comments on entering the Army during the Korean War and his decisions about his education afterwards. He also speaks about the Theatre and Speech programs being part of the English Department at the start of his tenure and how the programs evolved afterwards.

Other memories include performances at different theaters on campus and invited guests; curricular requirements, including a Summer Theater; and changes in campus leadership, governance and institutional benefits.


Once On The Dark Continent, Katrina Alexandria Bidwell 2011 Western Kentucky University

Once On The Dark Continent, Katrina Alexandria Bidwell

Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects

Set in the fictional village of Buguta in post-genocide Rwanda, Once on the Dark Continent follows the experiences of a young doctor working for the Doctors Without Borders Program. Dr. Erica Davis unwittingly finds herself in a country where the past has continued to repeat itself a decade after a devastating civil war, unbeknownst to most of the outside world. Their history isn’t the only thing plaguing the villagers like a parasite: Erica’s careful attention to the patients at the Buguta clinic leads her to diagnose them with toxoplasmosis, a revelation that has the potential to begin solving ...


A Turn Of The Century Lady, Grace Delahanty 2011 Western Kentucky University

A Turn Of The Century Lady, Grace Delahanty

Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects

The aim of this project is to explore the life of a turn of the century lady. In order to do so I first must examine the environment in which she would live, the social and historical framework that she lives within. This is a period of rapid social and political change especially in the lives of women. The ―New Woman‖ emerges rapidly gaining more independence through her active lifestyle. Carrie Burnam Taylor is one of these women. As one of the first female business owners in the Bowling Green area, she overcame economic and geographical challenges in addition to ...


Lessons From Gilead: Producing A Student-Directed Musical At Western Kentucky University, Stephen G. Tabor 2011 Western Kentucky University

Lessons From Gilead: Producing A Student-Directed Musical At Western Kentucky University, Stephen G. Tabor

Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects

In recent years there has been a surge of interest in directing musical theatre in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Western Kentucky University. Western’s theatre department offers three directing classes and three musical theatre classes, but no class that teaches how to direct musical theatre. The Musical Theatre History and Repertoire class, however, provides students with the opportunity to present half-hour summaries of musicals, in order to experience the process of succinctly telling a story with scenes and songs. It is because of this class that I and many other students have taken an interest in the ...


Direction Of The Play: For Black Boys Who Have Considered Homicide When The Streets Were Too Much, Cynthia Webb-Manly 2011 Central Washington University

Direction Of The Play: For Black Boys Who Have Considered Homicide When The Streets Were Too Much, Cynthia Webb-Manly

Graduate Student Projects

This project entailed the selection, background research and documentation, musical analysis, casting, direction, vocal coaching, and post-production analysis of a production of For Black Boys Who Have Considered Homicide When The Streets Were Too Much at Spooky Action Theatre Company. Documentation includes research and analysis of the play, its music, and an evaluation of the play as a production vehicle for Empowering Artists Dreams. The analysis also includes a discussion as to the non-traditional directoral vision of this production.


The Saylove Project: Conception To Fruition And Everything In Between, Jennifer Catton 2011 Virginia Commonwealth University

The Saylove Project: Conception To Fruition And Everything In Between, Jennifer Catton

Theses and Dissertations

The SayLove Project is an account of the process of developing and producing an original collaborative work, as well as a script that has been compiled and developed over the past. This is a LGBT based project and script.


Movement For The Actor: A Practical Approach To The Application Of Movement Training, Elizabeth Ressegger-Slone 2011 Virginia Commonwealth University

Movement For The Actor: A Practical Approach To The Application Of Movement Training, Elizabeth Ressegger-Slone

Theses and Dissertations

An essential tool in actor education, movement training is often viewed as esoteric and difficult to apply directly to an actor’s craft. It varies widely from institution to institution, and covers anything from stage combat to Alexander Technique. One never knows what they will encounter upon entering a movement class, and students frequently have difficulty connecting work done in the movement studio to work done in the acting studio. In order for movement training to become better integrated and more easily identifiable as a necessary part of actor training, it is important to get to the essential qualities that ...


Video Game Theatre, A Willoughby 2011 Virginia Commonwealth University

Video Game Theatre, A Willoughby

Theses and Dissertations

Video games are becoming the fastest growing and most lucrative form of entertainment across the globe. The goal of this project was to take gaming to the next level; to the theatre. I have devised an original piece of theatre using the CIC’s of video gaming: Creativity, Interaction, and Community and put on a production from members of the VCU community. Aside from the project, I have detailed why video games are growing in popularity at an alarming rate and why they belong in the category of ‘Art.’ With new technology and new stories being told, the gaming industry ...


Designing A Musical Theatre Curriculum For The Modern University, Justin Amellio 2011 Virginia Commonwealth University

Designing A Musical Theatre Curriculum For The Modern University, Justin Amellio

Theses and Dissertations

The world around us has changed so much, socio-economically, that musical theatre departments around the country are facing budget shortfalls, staff attrition and even vertical cuts leading to full departmental closings. This paper attempts to divert these measures, as well as address the new role of student as consumer, by way of proposing a new musical theatre curricular model to satisfy the needs of both student and university alike. Topics such as fiscal responsibility in academe, departmental expectations, current employment statistics in the musical theatre field and current student learning outcomes are covered. The current student learning outcomes are then ...


Doctor Faustus: Treating The Soul, Then And Now, Nathan Rosentrater 2011 Messiah College

Doctor Faustus: Treating The Soul, Then And Now, Nathan Rosentrater

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

I can remember the church camp altar calls. Sometimes I felt a guilt that I couldn't shake loose. Other times I wanted to go up front for prayer and confession to God “just in case.” In the times when guilt haunted me most, a church elder or leader would pray over me, knowing me as an upstanding youth, not guessing the weight of conviction that rested upon me. Sometimes I went away feeling a bit better. Other times nothing notably changed; I still felt that dull chill in the pit of my stomach, telling me I knew the truth ...


A Creative And Scholarly Exploration Of Edna Obrien’S Iphigenia, Danya Gee Martin 2011 Roger Williams University

A Creative And Scholarly Exploration Of Edna Obrien’S Iphigenia, Danya Gee Martin

Honors Theses

In this thesis, I will document the creative work I completed for my Senior Acting Project. I will also explore my Senior Acting Project from a more ‘conventional’ academic standpoint. I will explore various definitions of tragedy and argue my own definition; I will also investigate who Euripides was as a writer and human being. I will then apply my findings to three different versions of Euripides’ tragedy Iphigenia in Aulis: a classical translation, a more contemporary translation, and the adaptation I performed for my SAP. I will argue whether or not each meets my criteria for a tragedy, and ...


Completing The Circle: The Actor's Cool Down, Anna Kurtz 2011 Virginia Commonwealth University

Completing The Circle: The Actor's Cool Down, Anna Kurtz

Theses and Dissertations

Physically, vocally, and physiologically something happens to the actor in rehearsal and performance that can impact the actor’s everyday life. Practitioners have described this as boundary blurring, emotional hangover, and post-dramatic stress. Even acting as a profession can breed stressful situations for the actor. Actors can combat the blurring, the hangover, and the stress through awareness and process. As a part of process, actors warm-up to prepare their bodies and voices and to transition from real life to stage life. An often ignored aspect of process, but no less significant than the warm-up, is the cool down. After researching ...


Staying True To The Script: A Dramaturgical Examination Of From The Mississippi Delta: Endesha Ida Mae Holland, Margarette Joyner 2011 Virginia Commonwealth University

Staying True To The Script: A Dramaturgical Examination Of From The Mississippi Delta: Endesha Ida Mae Holland, Margarette Joyner

Theses and Dissertations

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Fine Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University.


The Actor As Vessel: A Journey Towards Citizen Artistry, Joseph Carlson 2011 Virginia Commonwealth University

The Actor As Vessel: A Journey Towards Citizen Artistry, Joseph Carlson

Theses and Dissertations

This thesis is a personal journey examining the applications of Ritual Poetic Drama Within the African Continuum as developed by my mentor Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates, to the profession of the dramatic artist whether they are actor, director, educator or producer, to the training of the dramatic artist as a means of empowering generative, self defined, self validating artists, and as a means of developing community specific dramas in the hopes of facilitating individual and personal revelation. Using the author’s personal experiences as evidence, it intends to affirm Ritual Poetic Drama Within the African Continuum as an emergent methodology for ...


Writer's Block, Elizabeth Bergman 2011 University of Mary Washington

Writer's Block, Elizabeth Bergman

Student Research Submissions

No abstract provided.


The Lab Report, Volume 04, Issue 12, Todd Ristau 2011 Hollins University

The Lab Report, Volume 04, Issue 12, Todd Ristau

Lab Reports

  • Guest Profile: Branko Dimitrijevic
  • Guest Profile: Christopher Jones
  • This is My Office by Andy Bragen
  • Wendy-Marie Foerster's adaptation of NO EXIT
  • Ernie Zulia Receives Perry F. Kendig Award
  • From the Director: New Expanded Format Coming Next Month


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