As a performer, I am still challenged with thoughts of anxiety, fear, and premeditated responses. This anxiety often prevents me from exploring choices in the rehearsal room and impedes my character's given circumstances during a performance. It has become imperative for me to explore a new way to approach a role psychologically, emotionally, and physically. I hope to eliminate the persistent problem that occurs in my process; the common gap between mind and body that prevents me from creating a dynamic, holistic performance. This document will examine two vital stages of the development and application of my new process. As I create the roles of Jessie in Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Sweat and Lucetta in Aphra Behn's Restoration comedy, The Rover, I will experiment with various techniques that promote mindfulness and awareness. The second stage will solidify the process through the creation of self-recorded monologues.
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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
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Friend, Megan, "Combating Performance Anxiety: Reflections of A Personal Anti-anxiety Plan for Onstage and Filmed Media" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 503.