Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Theatre Arts

Degree Program

Theatre Arts, MFA

Committee Chair

Frye, Rinda Lee


Acting; Prejean, Helen. Dead man walking; Prejean, Helen--Characters--Matthew Poncelet; Capital punishment in popular culture


In the fall of 2011, I began a course of graduate theatrical training at the University of Louisville. Over my three years of study, I have developed a process for the creation of a well-rounded and emotionally interesting character. I call my process three-dimensional acting. This process is composed of: a keen and in-depth study of and adherence to the text, careful and thorough voice work, and well-rehearsed and executed physicality. This study shows, through its application to the character of Matthew Poncelet, in Dead Man Walking, that my process is succeeds in creating a character of emotional complexity that an audience will empathize with, even if that character is of an unsavory nature.