Publication Date

1997

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Jones, Chris, 1963-

Degree Name

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Department

Department of Theatre Arts

LCSH

Child actors--Psychology||College and school drama--Psychological aspects||Middle school students--Psychology

Abstract

This thesis is presented on directing plays at the middle-school level, beginning with the theories of adolescent development, and how these stages affect adolescents’ abilities on the stage. Contrasting methods of characterization — those methods developed for the adult actor, and the author’s proposed method for achieving characterization in the adolescent actor — are discussed. This proposed method, relying totally on external stimuli, is illustrated by comparing its ideals with those of Constatin Stanislavski’s well-known acting technique requiring the use of the actor’s inner self. The proposed method involves not only characterization, but also influences the overall goals of middle-school theatre, issues surrounding play production, the implementation of auditions, and rehearsal schedule modifications for middle-school productions.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references (pages [47]-49)

Extent

xii, 151 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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