Date of Award

5-18-2007

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.F.A.

Degree Program

Film, Theatre & Communication Arts

Department

Film, Theatre, and Communication Arts

Major Professor

Hoover, David

Second Advisor

Karnell, Phillip

Third Advisor

French, Tony

Abstract

In psychology, the self-serving bias refers to a person's tendency to claim responsibility for his or her successes rather than failures. In acting, it takes on new meaning. The study of acting requires that the student use any source that will lead to his or her growth. The bias refers to this tendency towards self-betterment in the artistic process. This study is an attempt to document this process in my creation of the role of Kate in Dancing at Lughnasa. Included in the experiment are outlines of my basic process and the techniques I used to supplement it, how the creation of Kate fit into that process and an assessment of my performance and the usefulness of the various techniques in strengthening my abilities as an actor.

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The University of New Orleans and its agents retain the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible this dissertation or thesis in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. The author retains all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis or dissertation.

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