This thesis is an exploration of best practices in regards to creating a safe space within the theatre for artists to feel comfortable creating without risk to their emotional or physical safety. These safe spaces are particularly needed around shows which call for onstage racial violence or racist language. Methodology for these best practices includes theatrical intimacy, safe space creation as utilized by various advocacy groups, Theatre of the Oppressed, and drama therapy. In addition to these best practices that apply to the entire production, ideas for individual practice are explored. As a case study, Theatre UCF's production of Sweat by Lynn Nottage is examined; the successes and areas for potential growth within the work to create a safe space.
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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Hubert, Sarah, "Braving the Discomfort: An Examination of Hate Speech and Racially-Motivated Violence Onstage, and How We Should Approach It" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 513.