DOI

https://doi.org/10.25772/PEZV-AH50

Defense Date

2022

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

Theatre

First Advisor

Dr. Keith Kirk

Abstract

Abstract

SHE: PERFORMING BIOGRAPHY AS DRAMATIC NARRATIVE

By Ashley Love, Master of Fine Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University

Partial Fulfillment Statement:

Thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirement for a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Pedagogy at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Director: Dr. Aaron Anderson

Interim Director of Graduate Studies, Theatre Department

Amid the current wave of feminism, women continue to strive for equal ground within societal constructs. Progress is being made in the workplace, the arts, and media presence, but why does it seem that women’s stories of the past continue to be overlooked as if insignificant? This thesis examines these overlooked stories of the past, specifically the 1920s-2000s, through the lens of a one act play. This play focuses on one’s woman’s journey (my grandmother’s journey) through physical, spiritual, and societal struggles of this era, which gives voice to other women who lived through similar experiences. I examine method and means to create a performance by using documents such as letters, notes, sketches, journals, and library logs. By using this documentation, audiences can understand a woman’s experience with family tragedy, her liberation of place during the war, her strength dealing with a disease like poliomyelitis, and her fight for enduring hope and joy in the process of life.

Rights

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Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

5-7-2022

Available for download on Sunday, May 07, 2023

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