Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Theatre Arts

Degree Program

Theatre Arts, MFA

Committee Chair

Vandenbroucke, Russell

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Segal, Janna

Committee Member

Segal, Janna

Committee Member

Smith, Siobhan

Author's Keywords

Shakespeare; King Lear; acting; Declan Donnellan; Bastard; Edmund


This thesis is to chart my discovery that confidence is essential to an actor’s craft. This thesis focuses on my performance as Edmund in King Lear, as well as my production the previous summer playing Hussein in Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced. I draw from a variety of sources, such as meditation and formal acting exercises, to achieve confidence. Most importantly, I distill my missteps as an actor for a better understanding of what hinders confidence when building a role for performance.

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