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From Head To Toe Creating The Look, Akeem Amire Celestine Aug 2019

From Head To Toe Creating The Look, Akeem Amire Celestine

Theses and Dissertations

As a costume designer, I begin looking at who and what a character is. I then look at how they relate to other characters in the play. Costumes and hair have the ability to help the audience understand time, location, emotional, and physical aspects of a character. The process of a costume designer begins with analyzing a script and characters, researching the time and fashions of the show, creating a visual rendering of what characters wear in the world. Rendering is a tool of communication, a working document that will often change as the production develops. It is the costume ...


A Stage Manager's Cosmic Experience, Marguerite Angela Sugden May 2019

A Stage Manager's Cosmic Experience, Marguerite Angela Sugden

Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Finding My Fun Home: Reflections On Stage Managing A Modern Musical, Aubrey Jean Near May 2019

Finding My Fun Home: Reflections On Stage Managing A Modern Musical, Aubrey Jean Near

Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Three Completely Distinct Duets With Absolutely Nothing In Common, Meredith Stapleton Jan 2019

Three Completely Distinct Duets With Absolutely Nothing In Common, Meredith Stapleton

Theses and Dissertations

To study pairs of people is to study how individuals establish senses of self, other, and us. Every time two individuals meet, they confront their intersections; they align, collide, refract, reflect, and maybe even absorb one another. I am interested in a third element of betweenness created at the intersection of one-to-one interactions, and how that betweenness holds relationships between individuals in constant dialogue. In choreographing and directing Three Completely Distinct Duets with Absolutely Nothing in Common (TCDDwANiC), I investigate contradictions in the duet form in order to mine and frame a betweenness loaded with awkward aesthetics. In a world ...


They Say They See Me, Christine Howe Jan 2019

They Say They See Me, Christine Howe

Theses and Dissertations

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Unearthing Edges : Constructing Gaps, Ailey Rose Picasso Jan 2019

Unearthing Edges : Constructing Gaps, Ailey Rose Picasso

Theses and Dissertations

In questioning the complexity of human identity, the multiplicity of the self is uniquely grounded within embodied experience. Unearthing edges : constructing gaps is the result of creative research centered on investigation of the following questions: What can practices of collaborative movement making bring to the process of illuminating, excavating, and perhaps reconciling these alternate versions of the self? In practices supporting the development of individual movement vocabularies and physical agency what can be learned of the complications of the self and identity? What can be revealed of self and community in collective movement practice and in sharing solo practice? How ...


Undermining Process "S", Eduard Forehand Jan 2019

Undermining Process "S", Eduard Forehand

Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Cmd+Fn, Marc Macaranas Jan 2019

Cmd+Fn, Marc Macaranas

Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Filtered And Forward - Rewind: Finding A New Artistic Voice Through Collaborative Dance-Making Processes, Angella Betina Asuncion Carlos Aug 2018

Filtered And Forward - Rewind: Finding A New Artistic Voice Through Collaborative Dance-Making Processes, Angella Betina Asuncion Carlos

Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Revisionist Spectacle? Theatrical Remediation In Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Birdman And Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, Florian Zitzelsberger, Sarah E. Beyvers Jul 2018

Revisionist Spectacle? Theatrical Remediation In Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Birdman And Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, Florian Zitzelsberger, Sarah E. Beyvers

Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies

Revisionist Spectacle? Theatrical Remediation in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman and Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight

This article argues that the remediation of theatrical elements in film, i.e. the ample employment of non-systemic signs through the cinematic filter, facilitates a critical engagement with the medial properties of film. While theatrical production has expanded into the realm of film in recent years through mediatization and live broadcasting, a similar, yet inverse, development can be observed in film: Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) and Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight (2015) are just ...


Tracing. Imprinting. Being., Ashley Bassett May 2018

Tracing. Imprinting. Being., Ashley Bassett

Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Cosmos In Chaos: The Acting Process, Zach Twardowski May 2018

Cosmos In Chaos: The Acting Process, Zach Twardowski

Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Embracing Failure: The Life Between Polite And Pushed, Greg Delany Walker May 2018

Embracing Failure: The Life Between Polite And Pushed, Greg Delany Walker

Theses and Dissertations

My name is Greg Delany Walker. I’m an MFA candidate in Theatre Arts with a specialization in Acting at the University of Iowa. The following is my thesis that addresses my artistic process as an actor. My main focus in this thesis is to unpack my beliefs about what makes good acting and how I personally achieve that. I detail many schools of thought that pair well together to seek out vulnerability in actors. Vulnerability is my chief struggle as an actor given that I have a tendency to overthink things and rely more on intellect than on passionate ...


Crucible The Musical? Stage Managing The Crucible At The University Of Iowa, Katy Brooke Mcglaughlin May 2018

Crucible The Musical? Stage Managing The Crucible At The University Of Iowa, Katy Brooke Mcglaughlin

Theses and Dissertations

Arthur Miller’s The Crucible was produced in the fall of 2017 as part of the University of Iowa’s Department of Theatre Arts’ Mainstage season. Director Doug Scholz-Carlson took an innovative approach to the production adding an octet of singers singing Sacred Harp hymns.

This thesis explores the production process from the stage manager’s perspective. Because leadership, communication, and organization are essential attributes of stage manager, Katy McGlaughlin’s personal leadership, communication, and organization goals and outcomes for this production are addressed. McGlaughlin concludes her exploration with final thoughts on the production and her development as a Graduate ...


Stage Managing Seed, Lindsay Warnick May 2018

Stage Managing Seed, Lindsay Warnick

Theses and Dissertations

Seed, written by Scott Bradley and directed by Patrick Du Laney, is a play that was written to explore the legacy of suicide in the Midwest Region and its specific correlation to the disappearance of the family farm. The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts selected Seed to appear as a part of the annual Iowa New Play Festival in May of 2017.

This thesis examines the specific challenges faced during the production process as relates to the production as a whole and those faced from the stage management perspective. This was an influential production to the stage manager ...


The Age Of Innocence, Nina Morrison May 2018

The Age Of Innocence, Nina Morrison

Theses and Dissertations

My work as a queer, feminist playwright is centered around reimagining the presentation of women and other marginalized people on stage. I write highly theatrical comedies meant to highlight and satirize aspects of presentation and representation related to gender, race and power. This play is titled The Age of Innocence, like the Edith Wharton novel which I have never read. I learned from the internet that Wharton wrote the novel in 1920 when she was 50 years old and thinking about her childhood days in New York City in the 1870’s long before the horrors of WWI. The novel ...


Belladonna, Arianna Russ May 2018

Belladonna, Arianna Russ

Theses and Dissertations

In this collection of choreographic and performative work, I aim to investigate themes of femininity, feminine identity and the navigation of power within socially constructed gender rules. I investigate these broader themes across three separate artistic works, wherein each piece offers an alternative perspective from which to confront relevant theoretical questions and challenges. Commencing with studio-based movement research, I rely on rehearsal processes and performances to provide particular and contrastive contexts of looking at issues relating to feminine identity and female ownership of power. My research consists of three separate group, trio, and solo works. Within the group work, I ...


I Have No Process: A Detailed And Required Explanation Of My Process, Miles Miles Gatrell May 2018

I Have No Process: A Detailed And Required Explanation Of My Process, Miles Miles Gatrell

Theses and Dissertations

This is William Miles' Gatrell's relatively short diatribe about the inherent flaws in theatre academia followed by an examination of how fear stifles art. It concludes with a cliffhanger.


Shoe, Marisela Treviño Orta May 2018

Shoe, Marisela Treviño Orta

Theses and Dissertations

Shoe examines the family dynamics and gender roles within a dysfunctional Mexican American family led by a matriarch who manipulates her grown children to remain under her roof as a way to deal with the enormous grief created when her spouse abandoned her and her children twelve years ago. Drawing inspiration from the nursery rhyme There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, the play creates an atmosphere of confinement and constriction as the protagonist yearns for a life outside of the family’s double-wide trailer in Texas. The play calls for an all-Latinx cast. While the characters ...


Creating Character: A Costume Design Portfolio, Hayley Melissa Ryan May 2018

Creating Character: A Costume Design Portfolio, Hayley Melissa Ryan

Theses and Dissertations

The role of a costume designer in a theatrical production is influential in creating

character, time, and space. Costumes are the way in which a costume designer expresses a

character’s personality, emotions, social status, and other personal idiosyncrasies. The job of a costume designer is to know how a character’s identity influences how they dress themselves. As a character develops throughout the performance, so must their clothing. Costumes show how a character ages, transforms, or regresses over the arc of a production. Not only do costumes show character details, they help clue the audience into time of day ...


Daedalus (A Screenplay), John Ver Mulm Jan 2018

Daedalus (A Screenplay), John Ver Mulm

Honors Theses at the University of Iowa

This screenplay is an adaptation based on the mythological inventor, Daedalus. Most audiences are less familiar with who Daedalus is compared to what he accomplished (designed and built the Labyrinth) or who he is associated with (his son, Icarus). For the most part, as found in Apollodorus’ The Library, Daedalus’ story weaves throughout the background of better-known heroes and villains. That is not to say his story is any less interesting, or – as many myths end – tragic. In my script, I attempt to flesh out the brief origins of the great inventor. This tale is found in The Library and ...


Towards A Rhetoric Of Translation For The Postdramatic Text, Madeleine L. Campbell May 2017

Towards A Rhetoric Of Translation For The Postdramatic Text, Madeleine L. Campbell

Poroi

For the literary translator, the question arises as to how she might approach the delicate task of migrating texts that resort largely to “a purely intensive usage of language,” while acknowledging that such texts share a mode of expression that transcends historical or critical periodization. If one is to focus on fidelity or equivalence, the aim should not be the production of a text that translates some underlying meaning or sense where signification and representation are fixed. Rather, the aim should be the meticulous rendering of its surface expression so that the text’s performative capacity can be realized anew ...


...Among Other Things..., Michael Tisdale May 2017

...Among Other Things..., Michael Tisdale

Theses and Dissertations

Essay about the play by the author

Production Notes

Acknowledgements

Full Text of "...among other things..." by Michael Tisdale


Unlimited Passion: The Opposing Schools Of Stage Violence In Shakespeare And Kane, Lukas Brasherfons May 2017

Unlimited Passion: The Opposing Schools Of Stage Violence In Shakespeare And Kane, Lukas Brasherfons

Theses and Dissertations

William Shakespeare and Sarah Kane are playwrights who for drastically different reasons have left indelible impacts upon the theatrical world. A key factor in each of their plays is the presentation of violence. Shakespeare uses violence for observable, orthodox reasons of driving the plot forward, while Kane uses it for sensory effect, social commentary, and for subverting traditional narrative expectations. This study examines how violence and fighting work as dramaturgical tools in these playwrights’ work, by individual examination, juxtaposition, and the use of other pieces of drama to inform these two differing schools of theatrical violence.


Dance Gala 2016: Navigating Stage Management In Dance, Nathan Brauner May 2017

Dance Gala 2016: Navigating Stage Management In Dance, Nathan Brauner

Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Look Forward In Anger: Non-Orthodox Structure In The Works Of Kane, Parks, And Morrison, Alison Ruth May 2017

Look Forward In Anger: Non-Orthodox Structure In The Works Of Kane, Parks, And Morrison, Alison Ruth

Theses and Dissertations

This thesis examines the relationship between dramatic structure and women's responses to oppression. By looking at Blasted by Sarah Kane, Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts 1, 2, & 3 by Suzan-Lori Parks, and Feminaal by Nina Morrison, I examine the ways that questions of structure become questions of gender. I argue that these plays’ forms are purposeful embodiments of resistance and aggression and that the energetic connection between these plays is a current of anger.


Shakespeare, Hip Hop, And Politics: Stage Managing Rome Sweet Rome At The University Of Iowa, Samantha Lynn Paradis May 2017

Shakespeare, Hip Hop, And Politics: Stage Managing Rome Sweet Rome At The University Of Iowa, Samantha Lynn Paradis

Theses and Dissertations

Rome Sweet Rome, written, directed, composed, and choreographed by the Q Brothers Collective, is a hip-hop musical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts produced Rome Sweet Rome in the fall of 2016 as part of the Mainstage season and the 2016-2017 Partnership in the Arts production.

This thesis explores the unique production process of Rome Sweet Rome from the stage manager’s perspective. Since leadership, communication, and organization are essential attributes of stage managers, Samantha Paradis’ personal leadership, communication, and organization goals and outcomes for this production are addressed. Because theatre ...


The Pirate Queen, Guadalupe Flores May 2017

The Pirate Queen, Guadalupe Flores

Theses and Dissertations

Five women actors working during the Golden Age of Hollywood vie for the lead role in a sprawling epic movie titled “The Pirate Queen.” Alliances and rivalries form among the women with the impending involvement of America looming in the background, and the struggle between democracy and fascism form a thread running through the action on the film set.


Impetus And Execution: A Lighting And Scenic Design Portfolio, Alexandra Rose Casillas May 2017

Impetus And Execution: A Lighting And Scenic Design Portfolio, Alexandra Rose Casillas

Theses and Dissertations

We are currently living in a society in which interactivity is at an all-time low. People are glued to their cell phones, tablets and computers, preferring to communicate with pixels and images than other human beings. It often leads to one feeling alone, even amongst a sea of people. This is also true outside of interpersonal relationships.

There is a growing lack of engagement in narrative and the design of that narrative. We see Rocky: The Musical, Amelie: The Musical and Shrek: The Musical. There are playwrights re-hashing the living room drama over and over again, afraid to venture into ...


Theatre Scenic Design, Nicholas Wilson May 2017

Theatre Scenic Design, Nicholas Wilson

Theses and Dissertations

This document will journal the theatre scenic design work of Nicholas Wilson at the University of Iowa from August 2014 through the spring of 2017. Largely, the images included will be production photos of realized productions put on at the University of Iowa. Both large scale mainstage shows as well as smaller, low budget productions will be showcased as well as digital renderings and scale models to illuminate the design process.