Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Theatre Arts, MFA
Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)
mother-to-be; expectant mothers; trimester; everyman
Imagine you are an actress auditioning for a role, and the director asks, “If cast”, would you have conflicts?” You know you’re pregnant, but the director does not.You are also aware of the theatre’s production calendar; the production will be over before you start showing, or a couple of months before your due date. What do you do? Should you reveal the pregnancy, even though you know there is a possibility you may be discriminated against? Or do you hide it? What are the benefits and risks involved when the pregnant performer decides to conceal her pregnancy? This thesis serves to answer those questions, explore the internal thoughts of the pregnant artist, establish her responsibility, and defend her right to continue to perform while pregnant. I will argue that the expectant mother reserves the right to unveil her pregnancy to the necessary persons’ if she so chooses and to determine when that reveal will happen, so that she is able to creative freely and without restrictions.
Williams, Takayla Justina, "Pregnancy and performance : rights to the unveiling." (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 2285.