The Freedom to Act: Unmasking Identity in Performance
Maendel, Yvonne Jeanette
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Abstract This multi-modal thesis proposes a methodology for addressing anxiety during performance. The methodology intends to create a foundation of relaxation and awareness, in order to more easily access creative impulses. This foundation will be carefully built through a daily practice of deep-breathing exercises, body-alignment exercises, daily physical activity, and recorded psychological awareness of the mind/body connection. Drawing from instruction and consultation within the MFA program at York and my own independently-led research, I developed this methodology in preparation of my chosen thesis role in the Theatre@ York musical, Oh What a Lovely War!, written by Joan Littlewood.