Actors often use their life experiences to evoke emotions and give a compelling performance. Connecting with personal experiences for a role, however, can manifest traumatic experiences. Trauma in the acting process can trigger difficult memories and emotions, which affects the actor's well-being. In graduate school, I discovered that trauma was a detriment to my artistic freedom in the acting process. Without the appropriate tools to address trauma, it affected my well-being and caused me to burnout. Furthermore, trauma was ignored by those involved in the creative process and there was an expectation to mask emotions for the sake of the process. In this thesis, I will examine my acting process for The Mountaintop and the practical techniques that I used for the role of Camae. This thesis will share my story, define trauma (from a character, personal, and familial perspective), examine how the implementation of practical techniques empowered me in the acting process, and envision my post graduate endeavors as an artist. I argue that acting and voice techniques can play an important role in addressing trauma and empower an actor in their creative process.
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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
School of Performing Arts
Theatre; Acting Track
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Bennett, Anita, "Trauma In the Acting Process: My Role as Camae In the Mountaintop and the Implementation of Practical Techniques for Empowerment" (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1858.