The following is a detailed project report of my experience and discoveries utilizing Michael Chekhov’s psychophysical acting technique (particularly as it pertains to imagination, character and text analysis) to develop the role of Helen Jones in the 2017 Cal Rep production of Machinal by Sophie Treadwell. This project report follows my exploration through the pre-rehearsal, rehearsal, and performance periods—outlining the goals, techniques, and exercises used and their outcomes. I found that applying theory in a practical performance atmosphere allowed me to test what worked and what didn’t for myself in cultivating character development tools as well as hone a more concise vernacular to communicate these techniques to students. Along with traditional Chekhov techniques, throughout the course of this project I began to utilize my artistic impulses to further explore my own version of the Chekhov technique in developing this character; the resulting fusion is also outlined.
|Commitee:||Caban, Andrea, O'Gorman, Hugh|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 58/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Pedagogy, Performing Arts|
|Keywords:||Acting technique, Character development, Chekhov, Michael, Imagination, Theatre, Treadwell, Sophie|
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