Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Finding theatre from within: Augusto Boal's Games for Non-Actors in an Introduction to Acting class
by Stanford, Valerie, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 50; 10150592
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis explores the application of Augusto Boal’s exercises as a basis for an Introduction to Acting class, wherein students are required to move outside of their comfort zones in order to change their perceptions of themselves and of the world around them. I will demonstrate that Boal’s Games for Actors and Non-Actors effectively challenges students’ boundaries in a fun and engaging way, thereby preparing them for the task of performing. Through his techniques, students find it easier to socialize, overcome shyness, and acquire the courage that is required to act.

Chapter 1 charts my introduction to Boal and the decision to explore his exercises as a basis for a non-major acting course. By describing what I deem necessary and strive to achieve in such a class, I explain the goals that I hope to accomplish each time I teach.

Chapter 2 outlines Boal’s philosophies and his agenda for challenging social injustice. I will focus specifically on his Theatre of the Oppressed and Forum Theatre using the notion of the “Actor and Spect-actor”.

Chapter 3 details my own in-class application of Boal. In each instance of interactions with students, I compare the projected outcome versus the actual results, thereby evaluating the ii exercises’ success or failure. I discuss my students’ reactions to the exercises through collected written data.

Chapter 4 reflects on using Boal’s exercises in the future. This includes the changes I would make in the presentation and set-up of the exercises, effective adjustments, and discussing his work as being appropriate for a beginner’s class.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pillai, Shanti
Commitee: Billings, Alexandra, O'Gorman, Hugh
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Theatre Arts
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Performing Arts, Theater
Keywords: Boal, Augusto, Introduction to Acting, Theatre of the Oppressed
Publication Number: 10150592
ISBN: 9781369053586
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