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On The Variations Of 'Occupatio' In "Richard Ii", William Kelly Reeder 2019 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

On The Variations Of 'Occupatio' In "Richard Ii", William Kelly Reeder

Theses and Dissertations

Recent scholarship of Shakespeare’s Richard II has been interested in or preoccupied with its historical relations. Particularly the plays association with the Essex Rising of 1601, and the censorship of the deposition scene, both of which seem to resonate for history with Elizabeth’s enigmatic comment expressing her identification with Shakespeare’s portrayal of Richard II.

This paper proposes to resolve the question of the play’s censorship by interpreting the deposition scene as a dramatization of transubstantiation, perhaps triggering Elizabethan censors.

Transubstantiation is the doctrine by which the Catholic Church interprets the Eucharist using the distinction between substance ...


Performing Feminism: Boy Gets Girl During The #Metoo Movement, Amanda Dayton 2019 University of Central Florida

Performing Feminism: Boy Gets Girl During The #Metoo Movement, Amanda Dayton

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Sexual misconduct is currently a very hot topic in the media. Not only has the #MeToo Movement encouraged many women to come out with their stories of sexual assault, but it has also given women of many different backgrounds an opportunity to band together in support. I will be exploring the role of Theresa Bedell in Boy Gets Girl, by Rebecca Gilman. I will use the given character relationships to build an honest portrayal of the struggles Theresa faces as a woman in the world. I will touch on the mindset behind as well as the effects of victim blaming ...


Body Dissatisfaction Among Ballet Dancers, Isabelle Fatima Barlaan 2019 Dominican University of California

Body Dissatisfaction Among Ballet Dancers, Isabelle Fatima Barlaan

Senior Theses and Capstone Projects

Athletes are required to maintain a healthy and strong physique, however they can experience pressure to look a specific way. Certain types of sports promote a thin body image which athletes are insisted to follow. As a result of this, there is a trend often seen in female athletes and body dissatisfaction because of the sociocultural and sports community pressure. Body dissatisfaction is the negative subjective evaluation of the weight and shape of one’s own body. The level of body dissatisfaction a female athlete can experience varies among the type of sport they participate in. Studies show that female ...


Dance: Music, Movement, And Performance, Elise Beal 2019 University of Nebraska at Omaha

Dance: Music, Movement, And Performance, Elise Beal

Theses/Capstones/Creative Projects

Dance is an art form that incorporates many different mediums. Music is selected to determine the quality of movement that is visualized. Movement becomes realized through repetition of listening to music and outside influences. All dances require collaboration between choreographer and dancers to construct the piece and prepare for performance. The process of development, refinement, and completion is known as the choreographic process. The methods for the process include determining the style of movement and choosing music to satisfy the inspiration. Once music is selected, movement and steps can be determined with influences from previous pieces or other choreographers. The ...


The Unsung Hero Character: A Harbinger Device Of Misfortune, Eutimio Talavera 2019 East Tennessee State University

The Unsung Hero Character: A Harbinger Device Of Misfortune, Eutimio Talavera

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This thesis introduces an obscure storytelling device, The Unsung Hero character, as one way of examining how movies function as stories. This character is often overlooked, as it frequently cloaks its idiosyncrasies, thus it lacks any apparent signs of internal conflict. This analysis foregrounds the character’s overall functionality, found only in rare instances and typically in the story of a movie. With effective implementation in a story, as a functional harbinger device, brief appearances of The Unsung Hero character demonstrate flashpoints or disclosures of a forthcoming misfortune in the story. This movie analysis shows how The Unsung Hero character ...


Broadway Bodies: Casting, Stigma, And Difference In Broadway Musicals Since "A Chorus Line" (1975), Ryan Donovan 2019 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Broadway Bodies: Casting, Stigma, And Difference In Broadway Musicals Since "A Chorus Line" (1975), Ryan Donovan

All Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

This dissertation explores how embodied identities facing social stigmatization are represented in Broadway musicals and provides histories of casting specific kinds of embodied difference. Broadway Bodies: Casting, Stigma, and Difference in Broadway Musicals since “A Chorus Line” considers the politics of representation and makes clear that casting is always a political act, situated within a power structure favoring certain bodies. Previous scholarship on casting largely centers on race and ethnicity as the central issues; this research reframes the study of casting to focus on bodies, inclusive of race and ethnicity but especially relative to ability, gender, sexuality, and size. Though ...


Gender Performance In Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Amanda Lee 2019 University of Central Florida

Gender Performance In Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Amanda Lee

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Cross-dressing is a recurrent theme in Shakespeare's comedies, and the theatrical trend of gender bending casting has added an extra layer of complexity to performing his work. How does the gender of the actor affect the performance of a role in Shakespeare? How does it affect the perception of the role, and how can an actor utilize that perception to connect more fully with the audience? How does the female perspective illuminate hitherto unexplored elements of Shakespeare's text and characters? I was inspired by Orlando Shakes' all male production of Twelfth Night to research gender theory in relation ...


Performing Bernarda: Activating Power And Identity, Ana Martinez Medina 2019 University of Central Florida

Performing Bernarda: Activating Power And Identity, Ana Martinez Medina

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The musical Bernarda Alba tells the story of a woman who is confined within the heavily patriarchal and Catholic society that was 1930s Spain. Because of this, I thought it the perfect arena to explore power dynamics on stage. My thesis will explore status, hierarchies, relationships, and identity via the stolid matriarchal character Bernarda Alba. Through analyzing the playwright's words, fleshing out the character, and exploring the character's relationships with others in rehearsal, I have studied how to activate status on stage. There are many sociology theories and psychological studies that can be applied to theatre-making in order ...


Forcing Perspective: Selected Projects In Areas Of Scenic Design And Technical Direction, Dwight Camillucci 2019 Utah State University

Forcing Perspective: Selected Projects In Areas Of Scenic Design And Technical Direction, Dwight Camillucci

All Graduate Plan B and other Reports

Selected projects in areas of scenic design and technical direction.


Uncommon Women And Others And The Story Told Without Words, Rachel Rose Burke 2019 Salem State University

Uncommon Women And Others And The Story Told Without Words, Rachel Rose Burke

Honors Theses

This project is a documentation of the scenic design process for the Salem State University production of Uncommon Women and Others by Wendy Wasserstein. The production ran between February 14th and February 24th, 2019 in the Callan Studio Theater at Salem State University and was directed by Brianne Beatrice, with assistance from Allyson Kinch. The director’s concept was to force focus on the dialogue within the play by creating a sense of realism and comfort in the environment. This would emphasize the realistic nature of the strong female characters as they attempt to plan their lifelong goals upon their ...


Contemplative Strategies In The Classroom, Delaney T. M. Jenkins 2019 Salem State University

Contemplative Strategies In The Classroom, Delaney T. M. Jenkins

Honors Theses

Contemplative Strategies are teaching methods used to increase student focus, deepen awareness, and create personal connections to the subjects they are studying. Activities such as breathing and meditation deepen learning and have the ability to allow students to learn emotional regulation, increase reflection and empathy, thus opening student’s ability see themselves as an integral part of learning. Contemplative strategies are beneficial to the theater classroom and are also a universally beneficial form of education regardless of content or age group.

In this thesis, the research of the theory, practice, current trends, and resources of contemplative pedagogy aids in the ...


Looking Backward, Moving Forward: The How And Why Of A Degree In Theatre, Stephen Zubricki IV 2019 Salem State University

Looking Backward, Moving Forward: The How And Why Of A Degree In Theatre, Stephen Zubricki Iv

Honors Theses

This paper seeks to process the usefulness and purpose, as it pertains to the author, of obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with a performance concentration by examining the production process of Poison of Choice written and directed by Professor William Cunningham (Bill) and produced during the fall 2018 semester by the Salem State University Theatre and Speech Communications Department. It identifies concrete theatrical knowledge acquired through a detailed breakdown of the production process, and the author’s personal artistic process as an actor in the production. This is followed by a reflection on the positive and negative ...


A Stage Manager Prepares, Cassidy Sullivan 2019 Salem State University

A Stage Manager Prepares, Cassidy Sullivan

Honors Theses

To continue my journey of developing my skills through the process of a production, I served as the production stage manager for SSU Theatre and Speech Department’s production of the musical Ragtime. Throughout this process, I worked with a management team, including a co-stage manager, to run rehearsals, generate the necessary paperwork to develop a stage manager’s prompt book and, come performance, call the show. To give myself an opportunity to respond to my individual process, I also kept a personal journal. Throughout the rehearsal process I maintained the journal with my thoughts from the week in response ...


Under Construction : Acting, Creativity, Collaboration, And Siti Company., Carol Stewart 2019 University of Louisville

Under Construction : Acting, Creativity, Collaboration, And Siti Company., Carol Stewart

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation is a case study of New York’s Saratoga International Training Institute (known as SITI Company), one of the most innovative American theatre companies of the last twenty-five years. Research for this study was based in part on the author’s experience with the work of SITI throughout those years, including participation in intensive training with the company and observations of rehearsal and performance of the 2014 world premiere production of Steel Hammer at the Humana Festival of New American Plays, at Actors Theatre of Louisville. SITI Company is defined by their dedication to actor training, and to ...


"Gentlemen With Brains" : The Use Of Historical Figures In The Development Of The Character Of Hortensio In An Adaptation Of William Shakespeare's The Taming Of The Shrew., Terry Tocantins 2019 University of Louisville

"Gentlemen With Brains" : The Use Of Historical Figures In The Development Of The Character Of Hortensio In An Adaptation Of William Shakespeare's The Taming Of The Shrew., Terry Tocantins

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

In 2018, I played Hortensio in a production of The Taming of the Shrew that took place among the businessmen in the America of 1963. This thesis centers on the strategies and tactics I employed in the portrayal of Hortensio, a moneyed, middle aged, single man who impersonates a music tutor to seduce the much younger Bianca. In my research I investigated the archetype of the advertising executive of the era. The world views of these men upheld the post-war conception of American exceptionalism, and in their occupations were adept at manipulation free of the fear of consequences. Hortensio is ...


The Actor’S Rhythm, Internal Beat., Lashondra Cherell Hood 2019 University of Louisville

The Actor’S Rhythm, Internal Beat., Lashondra Cherell Hood

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This thesis is a conversational document that will examine the manifestation of the auditory(hearing) and motor(physical motion) cortex of the cerebrum and how this connection influences character physicality in theatre. In this thesis, The Mountaintop, written by Katori Hall, is used as a gateway to conduct research on music and rhythm as it affects the body and creating physical character choices. By reflecting on personal musical exploration,that of my peers, and students, its concluded that this method can be used for all stages of character building and performance experiences. The various backgrounds of the subjects — students and ...


Changing Internal Identity Through Physical Crafting In Performance., Lauren Elizabeth Dobbs 2019 University of Louisville

Changing Internal Identity Through Physical Crafting In Performance., Lauren Elizabeth Dobbs

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This thesis is an analysis of my process in my thesis performance of Tronia in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, adapted by Dr. J. Ariadne Calvano and Dr. Janna Segal. I break the process down into contextual, historical, and textual considerations, as well as my physical, vocal, and emotional process crafting Tronia. I analyzed my process as a means to achieving an end. My goal with this performance was to find and show how changing the body changes the mind. The main tools I used to achieve this goal were Laban Movement Analysis, action, and contextual and historical ...


An Intimate Portrayal Of Madame Armfeldt In A Little Night Music, Mollie Armour 2019 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

An Intimate Portrayal Of Madame Armfeldt In A Little Night Music, Mollie Armour

Theses and Dissertations

This thesis contains documents supporting my thesis role, my personal statement of artistry, a script for my one person show, and materials used in my professional career.


Baptizing Shakespeare, Na'Tosha De'Von Barron 2019 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Baptizing Shakespeare, Na'tosha De'von Barron

Theses and Dissertations

In this thesis I will be discussing my process in preparing and performing the role of Lady Macbeth, and how I used the parallels of the King James Bible to approach the text. I will show how this method will allow theatre people to teach Shakespeare to African Americans in a way that will become second nature to grasp. I will include the events of the play, my character analysis, intake on the rehearsal process, production photos, resume, headshot, program, and a link to my website.


Embodied Nostalgia: Early Twentieth Century Social Dance And U.S. Musical Theatre, Phoebe Rumsey 2019 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Embodied Nostalgia: Early Twentieth Century Social Dance And U.S. Musical Theatre, Phoebe Rumsey

All Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

In this dissertation, I claim the collective emotional connections and historical explorations characteristic of musical theatre constitute a nostalgic impulse dramaturgically inherent in the form. In my intervention in the link between nostalgia and musical theatre, I look to an area underrepresented in musical theatre scholarship: social dance. Through case studies that focus specifically on how social dance in musical theatre brings forth the dancer on stage as a site of embodied history, cultural memory, and nostalgia, I ask what social dance is doing in musical theatre and how the dancing body functions as a catalyst for nostalgic thinking for ...


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