Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Theatre Arts

Degree Program

Theatre Arts, MFA

Committee Chair

Steiger, Amy Lynn

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Burton, Nefertiti

Committee Member

Chandler, Karen M.


Ijimere, Obotunde, 1930- Eda.; Acting


This thesis serves to argue the importance of being able to embrace, promote and adapt to change in the pursuit of becoming a well-rounded artist. This thesis will chronicle my beginnings as a performing artist and show how the physical, spiritual and personal education I received from specific theatrical companies and academic institutions prepared me for my thesis roles and various production responsibilities in the University of Louisville production of Eda by Obotunde Ijimere, translated by Ulli Beier and directed by Nefertiti Burton. My education and willingness to embrace, promote and adapt to change allowed me to successfully immerse myself in the world of Eda, create a dyad of contrasting characters, uphold my duties as a choreographer, develop a deeper understanding of Yorùbá religion and take substantial steps towards becoming a well-rounded artist. After highlighting the foundations of my education this thesis will explore the world of Eda and show the various methods and lessons that helped to guide my work as a performer and as an instructor. After which this thesis will present how the Yorùbá religion that informed our work in Eda has enhanced my life and reinforced my desire to continue to use the arts to promote positive communal/global change and continue on my journey of becoming a well-rounded artist.