PORTFOLIO: PROJECTS OF NOTE

The highlighted projects below are several of my favorite performative research endeavors.  They are linked by a common thread: the laboratory quest into perceptions of identity.  They examine issues of race, gender, and mental illness, using a base of literature and interpretation through theatrical performance to question the framework around how we define these aspects of identity for ourselves and others.

LADY MACBETH

ON THE PSYCH WARD

A one-woman performance, incorporating devised physical theatre and a script based on the poetry of Kelly Cherry, examining the inner-workings of the mind of a woman in captivity at a mental hospital. Beginning by lying face down on the floor, in a ripped and bloodied wedding gown, the audience is taken with her on a journey through awakening, confusion, self-awareness, sex, fear, and repentance.

BY THE WAY, MEET GLORIA MITCHELL:

AN EXPLORATION OF RACE, GENDER,

AND THE MANY SHADES OF FREEDOM

- MFA THESIS -

A year-long research project culminating at the end of three years' study, and in part fulfillment of the Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance degree I obtained in May 2015.  This 516-page document chronicles the research of and rehearsals for my role as Gloria Mitchell, 1930's Hollywood starlet, in Lynn Nottage's acclaimed play, By The Way, Meet Vera Stark.

THE HAMPHELIA PROJECT

TO BEND OR NOT TO BEND:

AN EXPLORATION OF GENDER IN THEATRE PERFORMANCE

For the better part of an academic year, my good friend and colleague Chase Byrd and I examined the relationship between two of Shakepeare's most famous failed lovers, Hamlet and Ophelia.  We used their characters as groundwork to examine the effects gender- and sex-swapped iterations of their relationship had on us as performers as well as on our audiences.  I presented this study at the 2014 Graduate Research Symposium at USM, and received great acclaim as well as a monetary award for Best Departmental Abstract.