Document Type


Date of Degree

Spring 2015

Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)

Degree In

Theatre Arts

First Advisor

Cameron, John C

First Committee Member

Kalina, Paul

Second Committee Member

Nest, Anne Marie


Surrendering to what is the nature of compassion, the power of silence, a true commitment to the character, a complete freedom of the imagination, and the will, at any given moment, to let go of who we think we are in order to become who we are meant to be - has been the greatest teacher of all.

.-Eckhart Tolle

Public Abstract

I considered grad school an opportunity to open myself up to what I always wanted to do, and become the best version of myself. Three years later, the work I put into exploring my passion for theatre led me to a dream of mine, which was performing in the production “Crescendo”. This unforgettable process was completely different from the others. In fact, it turned out to be one of the strongest pieces of work I have done so far. It touches on everything I've learned and what I have been searching for and applying since the start of my journey. Working on “Crescendo” has at its core: Meisner, Grotowski, Stanislavski, period styles, voice, and clown. However, without all the previous techniques I don’t think I would have done what I did during this production. To me, “Crescendo” and “Clown”, are the root of all the work I have done during grad school, the root of my artistry. This rehearsal process, brought out in me a handful of discoveries, not just about myself and the way I tend to approach my work, but also what it is to fully explore and play a character that’s based on truth, to play with all my heart and soul. This was the first time I closed a show feeling proud about myself, without any doubts, or the need to hear from others what they think. As I previously mentioned, this adventure taught me every single thing I have learned since day one.




vi, 58 pages


Includes bibliographical references (pages 53-58).


Copyright 2015 Valeria Alejandra Avina