Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Focus of Attention
by Soza, Jessica, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 27; 10784104
Abstract (Summary)

The MFA Acting and Performance Pedagogy program at CSULB has inspired me to investigate non-psychological based acting techniques. These newfound techniques, coupled with my classical singing background, led me to discover how to perform with joy and ease. Sanford Meisner acting technique exercises effectively redirected my attention away from myself and onto my scene partner in singing and acting. In performance and teaching, I am able to utilize the Meisner technique to uncover what inhibits the actor’s attention and subsequently redirect their focus to the present moment. Declan Donnellan’s The Actor and the Target and Timothy Gallwey’s The Inner Game of Tennis, provide strategies to free the actor from inhibiting factors that prevent him/her from behaving naturally under imaginary circumstances. The use of all these concepts both in practice and performance allows actors to redirect their attention onto the imaginary circumstances and discover true freedom and joy in performance.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: O'Gorman, Hugh
Commitee: Caban, Andrea, Janisheski, Jeff
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Theatre Arts
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 57/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Pedagogy, Theater, Performing Arts
Keywords: Acting, Meisner, Pedagogy, Singing, Technique, Training
Publication Number: 10784104
ISBN: 9780438121560
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