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Acting The Author: Observations On Authority In Collective Performance, Max Tapogna Jan 2020

Acting The Author: Observations On Authority In Collective Performance, Max Tapogna

Summer Research

Authorship in theatre is divided – and divisive. The focus of this essay is on actors, and how actors engage with authorship in the theatre. In contemporary Western theatre, the division of authorship is composed of three primary fields: playwrights, directors, and actors. This essay challenges the hierarchy inherent to commercial theatres and advocates for actors who think like authors, not as the creators of solely characters, but as the co-authors of the theatrical event as a whole. In result, theatres and theatre-makers might be fortified by a shared sense of authorship, enriched by a steadfast sense of collaboration and a ...


Something Rotten! Poster, Providence College, Trevor Elliott Oct 2019

Something Rotten! Poster, Providence College, Trevor Elliott

Playbill and Promotion

Providence College Department of Theatre, Dance & Film

Angell Blackfriars Theatre

Something Rotten!

October 25-27 & November 1-3

Directed by Jimmy Calitri

Musical Direction by Lila Kane

Choreography by Jennifer Hopkins

Music & lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick & Karey Kirkpatrick

Book by Karey Kirkpatrick & John O’Farrell

Artwork by Trevor Elliott


Something Rotten! Playbill, Providence College Oct 2019

Something Rotten! Playbill, Providence College

Playbill and Promotion

Providence College Department of Theatre, Dance & Film

Angell Blackfriars Theatre

Something Rotten!

October 25-27 & November 1-3

Directed by Jimmy Calitri

Musical Direction by Lila Kane

Choreography by Jennifer Hopkins

Music & lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick & Karey Kirkpatrick

Book by Karey Kirkpatrick & John O’Farrell

Associate Director/Asst. Choreographer: Caprial Harris

Asst. Director: Rachel Beth Beauregard

Sound Design: Gabriel Luxton

Vocal Coach: Megan Chang

Scenic Design: Renée Surprenant Fitzgerald

Costume Design: Anna Grywalski

Lightning Design: Jessica Winward

Props Specialist: Meri Madden

Cast: Nick Bottom - Daniel Jameson; Bea - Emily Smith; Nigel Bottom - Nolan; Donato Portia - Halle Pratt; Shakespeare - Steven Sawan; Nostradamus - Thomas Edwards; Brother Jeremiah - William Oser Francis; Flute - Teddy Kiritsy; Peter Quince - Nicholas Bullock; Robin Starveling - Michael Henshaw; Tom Snout - Ethan Descoteaux; Snug the Joiner - Stephen Scully; Minstrel - Alexander Cannon; Ensemble - Katelyn Salvato Emma Lowrey Sydney Cahill Kelly Slader Katie Vennard Kate Fitzpatrick Kaleigh Liebler Ailish Egan Claire Mulvey Chris Schettino Aidan Benjamin


When The Smoke From The Battle Has Cleared, T. Fulton Burns Oct 2019

When The Smoke From The Battle Has Cleared, T. Fulton Burns

T. Fulton Burns

I can recall the time that followed my first national workshop. All of the excitement of new friends and new skills still went through me like a child on Christmas morning considering all of the possibilities of fun with my new toys. I thoroughly enjoyed having my college friends ask me to show them what I had learned. Eventually I was approached by a former professor to choreograph the fights for a production of Hamlet at my undergraduate program. With excitement and great pride I happily accepted.


What A World – What A World: Scene/Script Analysis For Fight Plays, T. Fulton Burns Oct 2019

What A World – What A World: Scene/Script Analysis For Fight Plays, T. Fulton Burns

T. Fulton Burns

“While perfection is a wonderful goal, there comes a point where you have to let your creation out into the world or it isn’t worth a tinkerer’s damn.” This is a fantastic quote by Twyla Tharp from her book The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It For Life: A Practical Guide. So what does this have to do with you, the stage combatant? Well you are working hard but you are being told not to strive for perfection because perfection can never truly be achieved in the arts, so naturally itwarrants the question “then for what exactly ...


Throwing Down The Gauntlet: Finding The Best Partnership For Fight Scene Work, T. Fulton Burns Oct 2019

Throwing Down The Gauntlet: Finding The Best Partnership For Fight Scene Work, T. Fulton Burns

T. Fulton Burns

Over the past few years I have written my perspective on the Skills Proficiency Test process. Earlier this year I thought that my process was complete but then an issue continued to creep up in my mind over and over again. It was that I had not addressed how best to find a partner for one's scene work. The reason for finding a good partner relates to my first workshop in stage combat. Discovering with whom to partner and with whom not to partner for scene work was the most valuable lesson I learned. Rather than focusing upon the ...


The Games People Play: Rehearsal Games & Approaches For Fight Scenes, T. Fulton Burns Oct 2019

The Games People Play: Rehearsal Games & Approaches For Fight Scenes, T. Fulton Burns

T. Fulton Burns

There are as many approaches to the rehearsal period as there are directors, actors and acting texts combined. Rehearsals are the time that we all look forward to because we truly get to do what we do best in theatre, which is “play.” The games and approaches in this article are intended to spice up the life of your stage combat scene and enhance the time spent in rehearsal; following the initial time period of learning choreography and discovering initial acting choices. Many people see the rehearsal process as the time to work. I couldn’t agree more but, as ...


Review Of Physical Theatres: A Critical Introduction, And: Physical Theatres: A Critical Reader, T. Fulton Burns Oct 2019

Review Of Physical Theatres: A Critical Introduction, And: Physical Theatres: A Critical Reader, T. Fulton Burns

T. Fulton Burns

Simon Murray (Director of Theatre at Dartington College of Arts) and John Keefe (Senior lecturer at the London Metropolitan University Undergraduate Centre) offer the theatre world two movement analysis texts. These well written books, which focus on techniques from the Western world of physical theatre, would serve graduate level or highly focused classes in movement pedagogy or practice. With their identical six-chapter breakdowns (“Genesis, Contexts, Namings”; “Roots: Routes”; “Contemporary Practices”; “Preparation and Training”; “Physicality and the Word”; “Bodies and Cultures”), the books may be used in relation to one another or stand alone as individual texts.


Just Before Dawn: Pre-Test Rituals And Preparation For Test Day, T. Fulton Burns Oct 2019

Just Before Dawn: Pre-Test Rituals And Preparation For Test Day, T. Fulton Burns

T. Fulton Burns

In Asian martial arts films there are usually beautiful moments that reveal the fighters in deep meditation before they are to meet on the field of battle. The process appears to center and calm the individual while preparing them for the final moments of their lives. The day of a skills proficiency test (SPT) can feel the same way. The day of the test can be frustrating for the testers as well as those around them. Nerves can run high during this stressful time. I can still recall the excitement and nerves of my first test day at the 2000 ...


Random Acts Of Violence: Bringing John Cage’S Chance Techniques To Fight Choreography And Stage Combatant Acting, T. Fulton Burns Oct 2019

Random Acts Of Violence: Bringing John Cage’S Chance Techniques To Fight Choreography And Stage Combatant Acting, T. Fulton Burns

T. Fulton Burns

The concept of chance utilized by John Cage is a frightening, exciting, and liberating process for any artist. It was so effective that other musical artists such as Morton Feldman, Earle Brown and Christian Wolff used it. In the world of theatre these concepts are constantly used today by the Neo-Futurists in Chicago and New York in their production of Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind and by Improv Troupes throughout the country.


Dueling With Spt Questions: Members Of The College Of Fight Masters Share Their Ideas For Skills Proficiency Tests, T. Fulton Burns Oct 2019

Dueling With Spt Questions: Members Of The College Of Fight Masters Share Their Ideas For Skills Proficiency Tests, T. Fulton Burns

T. Fulton Burns

As the rehearsal process grows closer and closer to the Skills Proficiency Test (SPT) common questions arise regarding what is needed in order to pass. Many of these questions involve the same basic idea – “What are the Fight Masters looking for so that I can pass the test?”, but the most important question that is asked is – “Do you think I will pass?”


...And Scene: A Guide To Locating Fight Scenes, T. Fulton Burns Oct 2019

...And Scene: A Guide To Locating Fight Scenes, T. Fulton Burns

T. Fulton Burns

It is one of the most daunting tasks: trying to find a strong fight scene for a Skills Proficiency Test or even a class project. The truth of the matter is that your main focus is to pass your skills test while hopefully leaving an impression on your peers(especially the adjudicator!). Passing, and hopefully receiving an Examiner’s Award for Excellence, is the best result; or if you are at a National Stage Combat Workshop, you could possibly receive a Certificate for Best Actress or Actor. At the very heart of the issue, you need a scene that will ...


Beating The Punches: Scene And Fight Break Down Techniques, T. Fulton Burns Oct 2019

Beating The Punches: Scene And Fight Break Down Techniques, T. Fulton Burns

T. Fulton Burns

As a fight choreographer it is my responsibility to sit down with the director and discover her/his vision for the production. Similarly, actors need to serve the script and work with the choreographer in connecting the action to the playwright’s words. Each preceding article, relating to the exploration of the skills proficiency tests (SPTs), has offered tools for connecting the scripts, stories, and characters with the language of the choreography. We are now ready to move deeper into directly linking fight choreography with the script and vice versa.

Some actors see pre-planning objectives for a scene and rehearsal ...


Fighting The Elements: Determining The Best Scenes For Skills Proficiency Tests, T. Fulton Burns Oct 2019

Fighting The Elements: Determining The Best Scenes For Skills Proficiency Tests, T. Fulton Burns

T. Fulton Burns

In the last edition of The Cutting Edge I provided tips for locating fight-specific scenes. Now let’s narrow our search from the vast quantity of scenes to a playing field of only the best quality. For a Skills Proficiency Test (SPT), choreography comes first to ensure that the proper techniques are included within the fight. Following these lessons in technique and choreography, the scene selection process begins. In a traditional acting class, the scene selection occurs first and is followed by the explored action. So even though the cart may be before the horse, as it were, with an ...


I Can’T – I Have Rehearsal: Rehearsal Guidelines And Techniques With Fight Scene Work, T. Fulton Burns Oct 2019

I Can’T – I Have Rehearsal: Rehearsal Guidelines And Techniques With Fight Scene Work, T. Fulton Burns

T. Fulton Burns

The rehearsal process often contains excitement, uncertainty, and, at times, stress for all involved. It is at this stage of the process where the culmination of skills acquired (research, character study, and embodying choreography) all come together. The following guidelines and techniques are aimed toward helping the actor address and conquer both acting and fight needs during the rehearsal process


A Violent Character: Stage Combat Character Analysis, T. Fulton Burns Oct 2019

A Violent Character: Stage Combat Character Analysis, T. Fulton Burns

T. Fulton Burns

It is so deceptively easy stating who your character is but it is over looked more often than you may think. A good character analysis is important in the actor/character relationship and here we will look at the key elements of character research and their specific relationships to the stage combatant.


Fair To Middlin’: How The Mediocre White Male Trope As The Exemplar Of Human Experience And Universal Truth Fails To Adequately Prepare The Diverse Field Of Contemporary Actors And Audiences In Film, Television And Theatre Today, Shanda Quintal Aug 2019

Fair To Middlin’: How The Mediocre White Male Trope As The Exemplar Of Human Experience And Universal Truth Fails To Adequately Prepare The Diverse Field Of Contemporary Actors And Audiences In Film, Television And Theatre Today, Shanda Quintal

University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations

Non-traditional casting has been a controversial practice in film, television and theatre that was implemented to offer people of color and women opportunities which had previously been available to white or male performers. The following is a case study documenting the process by which I have discovered that non-traditional casting as a practice contributes to the oppression of people of color as well as supports the status quo of the white patriarchy. This case study is analyzed from the historical, sociological, psychological and philosophical theories and ideologies relevant to the unsuccessful attempt of a female actor of African-American descent at ...


Blackting: The Inseparable Act Of Being Black And Acting: For The Magical Negro, Austin Dean Ashford Aug 2019

Blackting: The Inseparable Act Of Being Black And Acting: For The Magical Negro, Austin Dean Ashford

Theses and Dissertations

I am honored to present my Thesis for my M.F.A. in Theatre, in the form of a multidimensional project, drawing inspiration from the structure of Moby Dick by Herman Melville. As an undergraduate, the structure of Moby Dick intrigued me as it defies the form we call “a novel.” The book includes traditional prose, an entire play, verses of poetry, and even an essay. The structure of Moby Dick further influenced my love for Speech and Debate, especially around the event of Program Oral Interpretation (POI). POI places multiple genres of literature in conversation with each other and ...


Wake With Me, Sarah Nansubuga Jul 2019

Wake With Me, Sarah Nansubuga

LSU Master's Theses

This thesis outlines my research, writing, and performance process, leading up to and reflecting on the final product of my MFA Solo Thesis project. The project is entitled Wake With Me, and its performance is a shamanistic portrayal of a folklore story from my native place of origin; Kampala, Uganda. It is an exploration of the metaphorical loss of cultural identity through the literal loss of a family member, and the journey through story telling as a method to reclaim or preserve what was lost. Throughout the piece, the performer plays the role of narrator, using voice, body and mind ...


Dwight Sora Interview, Jay Lee Jun 2019

Dwight Sora Interview, Jay Lee

Asian American Art Oral History Project

Artist Bio: Dwight Sora is half-Japanese (father) and half-Korean (mother) actor who grew up in the Chicago suburb of River Forest. He has studied the Japanese martial art of aikido since 1993, when he was an exchange student attending Waseda University in Tokyo. He holds a rank of sandan (third degree black belt).


Smoke On The Mountain, Otterbein University Department Of Theatre And Dance May 2019

Smoke On The Mountain, Otterbein University Department Of Theatre And Dance

2019 Summer Theatre

n this delightful tale of the Sanders Family Singers, the audience is invited to go back to 1938 and pull up a pew for an evening of more than two dozen songs, many of them vintage pop hymns. The more-or-less devout members of the family don’t just sing, but also have hilarious stories, which are delivered despite the mild protestations of the Reverend Oglethorpe.


Dmt And “The Man Box:” Provoking Change And Encouraging Authentic Living, An Arts-Based Project, Steven Reynolds May 2019

Dmt And “The Man Box:” Provoking Change And Encouraging Authentic Living, An Arts-Based Project, Steven Reynolds

Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses

This thesis explores the mind-body experience through an arts-based research approach to examine, and redefine the emotional capacity and usefulness of males through societal determinants that limits and hinders men from living their authentic selves. Through the lens of a metaphoric “Man Box” 112 men participated in a workshop recreating their personal narratives of socialization through, style of dress, coping mechanisms, belief systems and who they should be as men through society's standards. In the “Man Box,” male bonding, and emotional feelings are discouraged, while the objectification of women, material property and physical/emotional strength are encouraged. This research ...


A Literature Review On Substance Related Grief And Expressive Art Therapy Support Groups, Holly N. St. Cyr May 2019

A Literature Review On Substance Related Grief And Expressive Art Therapy Support Groups, Holly N. St. Cyr

Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses

In the year of 2017, 18.7 million Americans aged 18 years or older were reported to have a substance use disorder and the pervasiveness of substance related deaths escalated (McCance- Katz, 2017). Researchers have examined how grief experienced by substance users and their loved ones is often disenfranchised by social stigmatization, loss of support, and feelings of regret, blame, humiliation, and shame. According to Valentine, Bauld, and Walter, (2016) “bereavement following a drug or alcohol related death has been largely neglected in research and service provision, despite its global prevalence and potentially devastating consequences for those concerned,” (p. 283 ...


Embodied Nostalgia: Early Twentieth Century Social Dance And U.S. Musical Theatre, Phoebe Rumsey May 2019

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 ...


An Intimate Portrayal Of Madame Armfeldt In A Little Night Music, Mollie Armour May 2019

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.


Privileged Eyes: How A Look In The Mirror Informed The Creation Of Marilyn And Desiree, Halley Electra Mayo May 2019

Privileged Eyes: How A Look In The Mirror Informed The Creation Of Marilyn And Desiree, Halley Electra Mayo

Theses and Dissertations

This thesis is for the performance of Desiree in A Little Night Music, by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler; the development, writing, and performance of the one-person-show Privileged Eyes; and development of a website and statement of artistry.


What It Means To Be A Man: A Character Study Of Macduff, Justin Alexander Mackey May 2019

What It Means To Be A Man: A Character Study Of Macduff, Justin Alexander Mackey

Theses and Dissertations

In this thesis I will be discussing my process as an actor when approaching a role, specifically the role of Macduff in William Shakespeare’s, Macbeth. I will include a character/script/event analysis as well as a journal of my experiences during the rehearsal process. I will also include production photos, programs, a link to my website, and my headshot and resume at the end.


Acting Styles Of Caryl Churchill Performance, Mischa Hutchings May 2019

Acting Styles Of Caryl Churchill Performance, Mischa Hutchings

Theses and Dissertations

This thesis contains materials pertaining to my thesis performance and one-person show. This thesis also includes my headshot, resume and link to my website.


To Be Thus Is Nothing, But To Be Safely Thus: Applying The Michael Chekhov Technique To The Character And Fight Direction Of "Macbeth", Scott Nicholas Russell May 2019

To Be Thus Is Nothing, But To Be Safely Thus: Applying The Michael Chekhov Technique To The Character And Fight Direction Of "Macbeth", Scott Nicholas Russell

Theses and Dissertations

This thesis is an exploration of the Michael Chekhov technique as it was applied to the role of Macbeth, as well as the Fight Direction of the play. This production of Macbeth ran from February 1, 2019 to February 10, 2019 at the Global Campus Theatre at the University of Arkansas in downtown Fayetteville; this thesis includes documentation of the show. Additionally, this thesis includes documentation on my self-created one-person show, Forte and Foible, my headshot and resume, and link to my website.


Baptizing Shakespeare, Na'tosha De'von Barron May 2019

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.