Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

Preferred Name - First Author

Sean Byrne

Date of Award

Spring 2015

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department

School of Theatre and Dance

Advisor(s)

Zachary Dorsey

Abstract

This thesis aims to discover how communitas can be created through theatrical performances by blurring the line between audience and performer as well as performer and character. The topic of the Millennial generation is used as a thematic element in performance to emphasize the creation of community. A theatrical form will be introduced, called the “Living Biography:” a method of devising based on devising, documentary, and immersive theatre. This form will be shown as one possible option in creating communitas in a performance. While other forms of audience inclusion are frequently used, it will be argued that the “Living Biography” approach is also a strong mean to create a community. Work by The Civilians, Anne Deveare Smith and Tectonic Theatre Project will be referenced influencing the concept of this thesis as well as informing the production qualities. This thesis will also argue that creating community in and of the performers themselves also greatly serves and is necessary to create communitas in a performance. The devising process will be heavily referenced throughout the thesis and detailed so that an understanding of the process is clear to the readers. A definition of Millennials will be given along with interviews conducted and remarks from the thesis ensemble.

byrnesr_JOP.pdf (107 kB)
Journal of Progress and devising schedules for EveryMillennial. Each meeting with the ensemble is described for the benefit of the reader. List of devising activities are provided.

 
 

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