Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

In The Telling: Theatrical Devising Practice as Performance Pedagogy
by Hunicutt, Julie, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 33; 10749113
Abstract (Summary)

A detailed account and analysis of a six week theatrical devising workshop and culminating performance event which occurred in March and April of 2017 in the Theatre Arts Department at California State University, Long Beach. In The Telling was an independent project that utilized movement-based ensemble practice and improvisation techniques to develop text and movement into an immersive theatrical storytelling event. Through the synthesis of contemporary theatre making practice and traditional rehearsal techniques, a diverse group of student participants collaborated to create an original work based on personal narrative and the theme of “change”.

Rooted in a broader discussion regarding the ideal foundational elements for contemporary performance training, this project report poses the question: how can performance educators train the next generation of theater makers to excel at creating vibrant, inclusive and innovative work? The In The Telling project posits that theatrical devising practice as performance pedagogy is one approach.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: LeBank, Ezra
Commitee: Jacques, David, Pilkenton, Casey
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Theatre Arts
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Performing arts education, Theater, Performing Arts
Keywords: Actor training, Devising, Performance practice, Viewpoints
Publication Number: 10749113
ISBN: 978-0-355-82741-5
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