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  • [2009-07-08] Everyman's Argot 

    Chapman, Kamarie
    This paper discusses different methods and theories in playwriting, specifically the importance of dramatic structure and the value of cultural awareness as a playwright. Many of the theories discussed range from Aristotle ...
  • [2013-07-11] Fadeaway 

    Eskeets, Leslie
    This essay will explore questions related to the role of the supernatural in relation to Navajo identity, the role of magic realism within Navajo storytelling and discuss my approach to Dramatic Writing. I will analyze ...
  • [2009-07-09] The Hyphenated Playwright: A Speculation on Opportunities for an Emerging MFA 

    Davis, Terry
    Few playwrights in the history of theater have earned a living from their writing. Certainly contemporary playwrights append other theatrical duties to their title to make a living. How, then, will the current crop of MFAs ...
  • [2010-06-28] Identifying Comedy: The Linguistic Properties of Humor 

    Frale, Aaron
    This dissertation is a method to label comedy with a linguistic model. Comedy is defined via an audience’s laughter. The first part presents anecdotal evidence and certain factors of comedy. Time and Cultural awareness ...
  • [2011-02-08] IN A “WE CAN’T” THEATER CULTURE, MY PLAYWRITING REALITY: A SELF-REFLECTIVE ANALYSIS 

    Iha, Margaret
    This essay examines the effects of a “we can’t” theatre culture as experienced by the author. I detail my experiments in discerning and enacting a "we can" way of doing theatre amidst a creative environment punctuated by ...
  • [2013-07-11] The Invasive Kind 

    Hjelm, Christina
    This essay will explore the representation of the Latin American female identity in Dramatic Narratives. It analyzes the sexualized Latina stereotype frequently portrayed in the media and discusses how I, as a Cuban American ...
  • [2015-06-24] Listen, then Speak: Foregrounding Women's Spaces, Stories, and Relationships in Dramatic Writing 

    Loy, Irene
    In this essay, I provide documentation for my theory and practice during this MFA degree. I begin with a short personal essay on my auto-biography leading up to and including this program. Then I follow with an overview ...
  • [2011-08-19] Midnite's Child: A Multidisciplinary Methodology for Staging Stories of Forgotten People 

    Sachdeva, Riti
    Midnite’s Child: A Multidisciplinary Methodology For Staging Stories of Forgotten People This paper examines several plays and performance pieces I have written in the last ten years that centralize the experiences, ...
  • [2011-08-19] Playwright as Enchanter: A Compositional Method in Dramatic Writing 

    Hernandez Escobar, Georgina
    The plays The Circuz and The Ruin are shaped by a compositional method that I will describe as Playwright as Enchanter. I explore the use of semiotics, fantasy, myth, folklore, and the Pictoral Imagination and how they ...
  • [2015-06-24] Re-Contextualizing the Patriarch: Understanding Fathers and Sons 

    Hathaway, Kevin J.
    This essay will explore the spiritual leadership role of the patriarch with regards to my upbringing in River Road Fellowship, a non-denominational cult of roughly ninety people located in central Minnesota. It will also ...
  • [2009-01-29] Theatre/Games: The Poetics, Ludology & Narrative in Video Game and Dramatic Structure 

    Diel, Matt
    This paper discusses the potential avenues of relationship between interactive media, particularly video games, and more traditional forms of theatrical production. It looks at the major theoretical paradigms of game ...
  • [2012-07-03] What a Bitch: The Complexities of Gender in Playwriting 

    Chavez, Lawrence
    Harvesting pain to create difficult female characters that serve as the emotional catalysts for the plot is explored in my plays, Caballos Muertos and Señora de la Pinta. I discuss why I have chosen to reclaim the word ...
  • [2009-07-09] Writing the Warrior: A Latina Writes Latinas 

    Crespin, Patricia S.
    This paper discusses the relationship between Latina writer and her warrior woman character on the stage. It defines the warrior woman from an extrapolated viewpoint and it reveals the motivations behind the inspiration ...