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Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

Noreen Barnes


An actor’s duty to the play is to present the most fully formed and vivid interpretation of the character. To do so, the actor must have an understanding of how that particular character developed their own sense of identity. This should be constructed not from the actor’s personal experience but from an informed imaginative experience founded on research and analysis. As pedagogues we are challenged with attempting to give young actors the skills for such an analysis. I have developed a formula to aid the actor in creating the foundations for such an interpretation founded upon the sociological understanding of identity and symbolic interactivity. I also lay out a plan for a college course designed to teach preprofessional actors this method for character analysis.


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Date of Submission

December 2011