Document Type


Date of Degree

Spring 2018

Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)

Degree In

Theatre Arts

First Advisor

Kalina, Paul

First Committee Member

Kalina, Paul

Second Committee Member

Cameron, John

Third Committee Member

Nest, Anne Marie


This is culmination of my extensive course of study in acting at the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts. It will examine the challenges, struggles, and values of acting, and answer the question “What’s next.”

I have developed a process with all of the tools that I have gained at Iowa. While this process will depend on the role, it will be forever changing and growing as I grow. I break down a script to figure out what my character wants, figure out the physical life of the character, decide where that character is coming from and how they enter a room, and then release all of that to play fully within the world of the play with my scene partners.

I discuss things I am still working through and what direction I want to take those areas. I describe what I value in acting and how I want to head out into the world after receiving my MFA.


iv, 22 pages


Includes bibliographical references (page 22).


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