Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Theatre Arts, MFA
Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)
exuberance; energy; Baltimore; theatre; acting; guide
This thesis documents my discovery of exuberance as the key to a successful performance and reveals the challenges I faced in developing a character whose major actions in the play fall into the category of masking (i.e. hiding, avoiding, dodging). I define exuberance and discuss how I came to understand that sustaining exuberance requires a great deal of technical expertise specifically in acting, movement and voice in order to accommodate the demands of the character. I contend that exuberance also requires commitment and nurturing of the actor’s personal artistic vision. This thesis will discuss some of the difficulties I faced in building the character, Shelby Wilson; the application of class work that served me best in rehearsal; and the evolution of trust needed in the text, the ensemble and myself.
Smart, Danielle, "Finding exuberance for the role Shelby in Baltimore." (2017). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 2637.