Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Theatre Arts

Committee Chair

Steiger, Amy Lynn

Author's Keywords

Audience; Education; Much Ado About Nothing; Entertainment; Beatrice; Actor


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


This thesis is an examination of my goals and outcomes as a theatre practitioner in the role of Beatrice in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at the University of Louisville, in November, 2012. In Chapter One I will define my goals in theatre. I will discuss how I have succeeded and failed in pursuit of these goals and asses the causes of each. I will also address the challenges of teaching acting and theatre and how these goals relate to each other. In Chapter Two I will explain my acting process and its application to my thesis performance. In Chapter Three I will recount previous training (including the University of Louisville) and performances. In Chapter Four I will autopsy the production, paying close attention to the effects on the audience. In Chapter Five I will conclude with future plans and lessons from this specific situation.