Date of Graduation

5-2021

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Theatre (MFA)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

Theatre

Advisor

John Walch

Committee Member

Les Wade

Second Committee Member

Rob Wells

Third Committee Member

Mary Beth Long

Keywords

malaphor, entertainment industry, theatre

Abstract

After an unorthodox journey through higher education ending during the coronavirus pandemic, which has made the typical theatrical thesis production and subsequent typical final year impossible, the author reflects on the body of work she has created at the University of Arkansas as an M.F.A. candidate in playwriting at the Department of Theatre, how she has reached both deeper into her own discipline and outside of it to widen her understanding of liveness, performance, and textual creation. She interrogates her own unexpected experiences, from figuring out how to make theatre without theatres, to teaching students who have never seen a play about theatre in a time with no theatre and offers post-mortem lessons about what she has learned about herself and the work she makes.

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Playwriting Commons

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