Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Theatre Arts

Degree Program

Theatre Arts, MFA

Committee Chair

Burton, Nefertiti

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Kelly, Hubert Baron

Committee Member

Kelly, Hubert Baron

Committee Member

Schroeder, Ryan

Author's Keywords

acting; mindfulness; performance; representational; presentational; role


The purpose of this thesis is to establish that Presence is essential to an actor’s craft. This thesis makes considerable mention of my own work on Naomi Iizuka’s Polaroid Stories, playing the part of SKINHEADboy, as well as making mention of the theoreticians and practitioners of Acting who have dealt with the subject of Presence. The parallels I draw between actor training and the sources from outside of the field of Acting feed not only into an understanding of how consequential Presence is for the actor, but also how Presence can affect the lives human beings. This thesis also contains my own observations of performances and practices that have affected my understanding of Presence as it relates between the actor and the audience. Most importantly, I am able to reveal my missteps as an actor for a better understanding of what prevents Presence when building a role for performance.