Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation

5-2022

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

M.F.A.

Department

Theatre Arts

Degree Program

Theatre Arts, MFA

Committee Chair

Segal, Janna

Committee Member

Carter, Rachel

Committee Member

Campbell, Bradley

Author's Keywords

blackface; theatre; minstrelsy; EDI; acting methods; F.M. Alexander

Abstract

This MFA thesis defines Contemporary Blackface Theatre as exemplified in Dennis McIntyre’s Split Second, which was produced in Fall 2021 by the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Louisville. Cast as Val Johnson, I aimed to find the truth within a Black character created from the white playwright’s limited perspective. In addition to an analysis of Split Second, my study of Contemporary Blackface Theatre examines the racist ideologies from F.M. Alexander’s point of view on black people and how I create truthfulness in my own black body. I detail how I used the Black Acting Methods: Critical Approaches to create my own technique for approaching a white man's black character. This study empowers black actors to identify problems in contemporary theatre, how they may contribute to modern-day minstrelsy, and expresses the truth of their blackness.

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