Date of Degree
MFA (Master of Fine Arts)
John C. Cameron
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Anne Marie Nest
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.
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
Ortiz, Valeria Alejandra Avina. "Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose." MFA (Master of Fine Arts) thesis, University of Iowa, 2015.