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Master of Fine Arts



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Noreen Barnes


The purpose of this study was to implement Character Memory Exploration (a specific pathway towards character justification) within a BFA Acting II course. Primarily using given circumstances and magic if, Character Memory Exploration creates a rich and developed character history through a combination of visualization exercises, improvisation, and writing. The following summary will show individualized exercises and how to implement them, as well as their original purpose, placements, and pairings. This work also delves into student responses and my own successes and failures throughout the experience. The primary conclusion of this writing is that Character Memory Exploration leads to an actor having stronger relationships with props, set and scene partners, a better handle on a characters physical life, and a thinking actor who reacts in an honest and grounded manner on the stage.


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