This thesis examines the link between sports and theatre from the actor's perspective and concludes that these two practices should be used together to achieve optimal performance. Using context provided by great physical theatre practitioners such as Jacques LeCoq, Vsevolod Meyerhold, and Rudolf Von Laban, the candidate used his past experience as a gymnast and a soccer player, and the teachings of Timothy Gallwey's The Inner Game of Tennis, to craft a rehearsal and performance regimen for Theatre UCF's production of Paula Vogel's Indecent. This regimen included an experiment where he alternated days in which he swam to days in which he did yoga flow, in order to analyze his physical awareness and mental focus on stage every night while using some of Laban's effort actions; the result being that yoga benefitted his process more.
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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
School of Performing Arts
Theatre; Acting Track
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Pipicella, Giuseppe, "Keeping the Ball Alive: The Marriage Between Sports and Acting" (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1637.