Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Exploration of Character Development Utilizing the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique
by Sigman-Marx, April, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 22; 10837314
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: LeBank, Ezra
Commitee: Caban, Andrea, O'Gorman, Hugh
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Theatre Arts
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
Publication Number: 10837314
ISBN: 978-0-438-51484-3
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