Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Theatre Arts

Committee Chair

Vandenbroucke, Russell

Author's Keywords

Shakespeare; Women; Acting; Gender; Process; Sexuality


Acting; Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Much ado about nothing; Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616--Characters--Margaret


Throughout the past eleven years, my process as an actor has been influenced by my education in theatre, personal experiences, and changing views on literary figures and socio-political issues. Through the lens of a minor Shakespearean character, I examine my current process and relationship to the playwright and director and analyze the implications of my onstage representation of sexually active women. My views on gender politics prompt me to scrutinize the script, and I discover a tiny detail that confirms my character is innocent of the betrayal of her mistress and reaffirms my confidence in Shakespeare’s abilities as a writer. However, I find the overall production repressive to women.