Kabuki theatre is an art form that seems otherworldly to Western theatre goers. From the elaborate costumes and makeup to the way the actors speak, nothing about Kabuki falls into the realm of realism that Westerners are accustomed to seeing at the theater. Kabuki theatre is actor focused. It is not unheard of for leading … [Read more…]
Devised theatre is a process of new play development that is based in the ensemble and what each member brings with them. The process for the devised piece, Hear Me Roar, was no different, with the additional goal of bringing together a small and diverse community of women to create a show about women. The … [Read more…]
Based on an adaptation project I began in Summer 2015 at the Celebration Barn Theatre Company of South Paris, Maine, Kinship Dynamics in the War of Gothic Aggression is a one-person performative work that explores racial identity and ancestry through the double lens of the my own experience in contemporary Western culture and the imagined … [Read more…]
This presentation will focus on the preproduction and process of the show Boy Gets Girl by Rebecca Gilman, which was directed as a Cornell student production earlier this year. The production discussed stalking, dating and sexual violence. This presentation will focus specifically on the design aspects- how the cast was educated about the issues represented … [Read more…]
Throughout my undergraduate career I have sought to marry the studies of biology and medicine with theatre and performance. For my 2014 internship I worked with Gesundheit Institute!, a foundation for clowning as a tool for public health in Iquitos, Peru. There I was able to shadow both physicians and other medical professionals along with … [Read more…]
Though traditionally performed in a proscenium setting with few technical elements, Cornell College’s The Vagina Monologues 2014 was performed as a walking tour. The show was designed to convey the universality of women’s issues and maintain the solidarity of women across the globe while highlighting the intimacy of subjects such as domestic violence and sexual … [Read more…]
As the capstone to my B.S.S. in Theatre, Religion, and Performance Studies, I directed and set designed my own adaptation of Euripides’ Medea. The production was intended to synthesize the three components of my degree into a tangible piece of art.
After working as mask designer for Cornell’s 2012 production of Romeo and Juliet, I was inspired to make an in-depth study of mask making techniques in the Italian Commedia dell’Arte.
The Lindy Hop was not a spontaneous creation, but rather the product of multiple influences across time. This upbeat, partnered swing dance came into its own in the ’20s and ’30s in Harlem. My presentation will explore the socio-cultural context of its development through both performance and an oral component, explaining its different names and … [Read more…]
Angels in America is a political play cycle set in 1980s Reaganite America. The political and social background of the plays contribute to Tony Kushner’ s message that conservative America is not how society should be: liberal unity and collectivity is the better path to follow.
In Tudor-Stuart England, women were becoming more and more unruly, beginning to take their behavior and sexuality into their own hands. This created an obsessive desire to control women evident in the increase in witchcraft trials and the invention of punishments specifically for women.
In The Evolution of Free Will in the Context of the Renaissance Man, I explore the movement of the debate on freedom of the will, which is clearly charted in the art and literature of the Renaissance.
While studying for five months in Pune, India in 2004, I researched current issues in Indian family planning/welfare.
In my paper for the student symposium I will discuss the homosexuality of the character Antonio, in William Shakespeare’ s The Merchant of Venice.
After taking Playwriting I in September of 2005, I was inspired to write a dramatic full-length play. I finished a first draft in January and since then I have been extremely excited to observe the material on stage.
Edward Albee’s play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is regarded as a major work by one of America ‘s preeminent playwrights. Yet it received a decidedly mixed critical response at the time of it’s initial production.