This thesis argues that the actor's process of using voice and speech techniques can function as the primary inspiration for creating a character. In particular, it chronicles my own performance of Else in Festen , directed by Joanne Gordon in 2009 at California Repertory Theatre. Chapter 1 focuses on the history and features of the work of Edith Skinner, and the controversies surrounding her theories. Chapter 2 focuses on my use of Skinner's method in rehearsal while creating and discovering the role of Else. Chapter 3 reports on how this process has informed my understanding of Skinner's and my own work, both as an actor and a teacher.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
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