Date of Graduation
College of Creative Arts
Acting and Directing
Jessica Morgan Bishop
Through the course of this thesis, I will examine the historical context of John Wilkes Booth and his assassination of President Abraham Lincoln as it is related to my performance of the character of Booth in the musical Assassins by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman. Additionally, how the development of this character changed me as a performer, and created substantial growth as a professional. This historical examination of Booth, as well as the examination of text and music, will shed light on how this role came at a crucial point in my training at WVU. Included will be a comprehensive review of the use of training in voice, body, and acting that I received during my time at WVU, and how this training will remain invaluable throughout my career.
Gay, Joseph, "Sic Semper Tyrannis Thus, Always to Tyrants" (2018). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 5653.