Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Theatre Arts

Degree Program

Theatre Arts, MFA

Committee Chair

Carter, Rachel

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Kelly, Baron

Committee Member

Kelly, Baron

Committee Member

Hall, Ann C.


This thesis is an analysis of my process in my thesis performance of Tronia in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, adapted by Dr. J. Ariadne Calvano and Dr. Janna Segal. I break the process down into contextual, historical, and textual considerations, as well as my physical, vocal, and emotional process crafting Tronia. I analyzed my process as a means to achieving an end. My goal with this performance was to find and show how changing the body changes the mind. The main tools I used to achieve this goal were Laban Movement Analysis, action, and contextual and historical factors. Throughout my process I crafted my body as an actor to create the mental changes I wanted to see in Tronia as a character. This thesis looks at successes and failures of the process in pursuit of my goal.