Date of Graduation

5-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Drama (MFA)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

Theatre

Advisor

Patrick Stone

Committee Member

Mavourneen Dwyer

Second Committee Member

Patricia Martin

Keywords

Communication and the arts; Acting; Carpenter; Drama; Up; Walter

Abstract

This thesis is an examination of my actor's process for creating and performing the lead role of Walter Griffin in Bridget Carpenter's contemporary drama Up. It is composed entirely of journal entries detailing my preparation and observations from the beginning of the audition process (August 22, 2011) through the closing of the show (October 9, 2011) and ending with reflective evaluations after closing. Up was produced by the University of Arkansas Department of Drama at the University Theatre and directed by Amy Herzberg.

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