Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Theatre Arts

Committee Chair

Hottois, Michael F.

Author's Keywords

Benedick; Keeping audiences engaged; Beamer; Modernizing Shakespeare; Much ado about nothing


Shakespeare; William; 1564-1616--Characters--Benedick; Shakespeare; William; 1564-1616. Much ado about nothing; Acting


This thesis briefly describes the process by which I was able to portray Benedick in William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing in November 2012; my own desire for approval from experienced artists; and the value of modernizing a Shakespearean text for the contemporary, University of Louisville audience. With the use of my own natural talent, the training I received from accredited institutions, and my work in the professional world, I was able to create a performance that was theatrically viable to my audience. I examine why I wanted to receive my Master’s Degree of Fine Arts and conclude that performing as Benedick has allowed me to achieve those goals. The thesis is comprised of five chapters including the search for approval, formal training and professional work, graduate training, Much Ado About Nothing, and conclusion. The first half of the thesis is focused on my personal and performance histories and their influences on training on the graduate level as well as the performance of Benedick. The latter half of the thesis is centered on how I created my performance.