Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Theatre Arts, MFA
Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)
Afrofuturist dramas; key features of Afrofuturism; precursors to Afrofuturism; performing or embodying an Afrofuturist protagonist in Afrofuturism; Teshonne Powell's Afromemory; techniques for performing in an Afrofuturist drama
This thesis explores Afrofuturism and positions Afrofuturist drama as a new, 21st -century genre of theatre. My thesis defines Afrofuturism and characteristics of Afrofuturist plays by Black women. My examination of Afrofuturist pieces and performance strategies is for Black female performers working in Afrofuturism. I show how Black female fiction writers contributed to Afrofuturism by examining two 20th -century plays by Black women that have Afrofuturist features but were written before the term was coined. I use Afromemory, a play produced by the University of Louisville Theatre Arts Department in Spring of 2022, as a case study of an Afrofuturist play. I analyze the play and the protagonist, Sarah B., and share the physical, emotional, and vocal work I did to develop and perform this character. I detail specific performance techniques I found effective to bring this Afrofuturist figure to life.
Spencer, Candace S., "Embodying an afrofuturist character on stage: A case study in the performance of Sarah B. in Afromemory." (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 4155.
Retrieved from https://ir.library.louisville.edu/etd/4155