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Lavinia's Voice: Verbal and Nonverbal Expression in Shakespearean Performance

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Date Issued:
2013
Abstract/Description:
This performance thesis will investigate verbal and nonverbal expression asapplied to Shakespearean text, through the lens of my experience rehearsing andperforming the role of Lavinia in Titus Andronicus at the Orlando ShakespeareTheater. Lavinia is a Shakespearean character, and Shakespeare is immediatelyassociated with language. However, Lavinia is interesting because the role's vocalwork will require both verbal and non-verbal experimentation. My thesis role willbe an exceptional opportunity to utilize the various language tools and techniques Ihave learned in my MFA coursework.Any Shakespearean performance requires an extensive text analysis. However,Lavinia has her tongue cut off halfway through the show, so I anticipate additionalvocal, non-verbal contributions during the second half of the show. This thesis willexplore both aspects of the role.Physicality will also play a large part of my acting work in this particular role, moreso, perhaps, than in a typical Shakespearean ing(&)#233;nue. Because Lavinia is verballysilenced, her body must also speak.No approach to a Shakespearean role would be complete without character work,and research will play a large part of this character in particular. I plan to doresearch on violence against women and its significance in both literature and reallife in order to better inform my vocal and physical choices. I also plan to learn fromthose who have gone before me in the role by investigating filmed performances ofthe same character and reviews of previous stage productions.In this thesis I will document my approach to the role, my experiences in rehearsal,and the performative results, thereby mapping for future actors all the techniquesthat make up a character's voice.
Title: Lavinia's Voice: Verbal and Nonverbal Expression in Shakespearean Performance.
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Name(s): Kilgore, Kelly, Author
Ingram, Katherine, Committee Chair
Listengarten, Julia, Committee Member
Niess, Christopher, Committee Member
, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2013
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This performance thesis will investigate verbal and nonverbal expression asapplied to Shakespearean text, through the lens of my experience rehearsing andperforming the role of Lavinia in Titus Andronicus at the Orlando ShakespeareTheater. Lavinia is a Shakespearean character, and Shakespeare is immediatelyassociated with language. However, Lavinia is interesting because the role's vocalwork will require both verbal and non-verbal experimentation. My thesis role willbe an exceptional opportunity to utilize the various language tools and techniques Ihave learned in my MFA coursework.Any Shakespearean performance requires an extensive text analysis. However,Lavinia has her tongue cut off halfway through the show, so I anticipate additionalvocal, non-verbal contributions during the second half of the show. This thesis willexplore both aspects of the role.Physicality will also play a large part of my acting work in this particular role, moreso, perhaps, than in a typical Shakespearean ing(&)#233;nue. Because Lavinia is verballysilenced, her body must also speak.No approach to a Shakespearean role would be complete without character work,and research will play a large part of this character in particular. I plan to doresearch on violence against women and its significance in both literature and reallife in order to better inform my vocal and physical choices. I also plan to learn fromthose who have gone before me in the role by investigating filmed performances ofthe same character and reviews of previous stage productions.In this thesis I will document my approach to the role, my experiences in rehearsal,and the performative results, thereby mapping for future actors all the techniquesthat make up a character's voice.
Identifier: CFE0004702 (IID), ucf:49811 (fedora)
Note(s): 2013-05-01
M.F.A.
Arts and Humanities, Theatre
Masters
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Subject(s): shakespeare -- titus andronicus -- lavinia
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0004702
Restrictions on Access: public 2013-05-15
Host Institution: UCF

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