Date of Graduation
College of Creative Arts
Acting and Directing
I was actually fortunate enough to choose the role I could use to write my thesis on during my last year of graduate school here at West Virginia University. I played the role of Martin in Theresa Rebeck's Seminar in the production of the WVU School of Theatre and Dance season; however I chose to use Oberon for multiple reasons.;I was originally going to use both roles and write a sort of compare and contrast document. I realize that would have been a "Midsummer Nightmare." So this decision led me here, taking on Oberon. I wanted to attempt to put aside any preconceived notions of the role or the play for that matter, and work from the ground up. A truthful, fresh look at one of theatre's most classic comedies was needed for this particular experience. In this complete evaluation, I will expand on my experience going through the journey of taking the role from black and white words on the page to a living, breathing human being, or king of the fairies rather, and how the approach weaved and wound from the read through to closing night; all while getting a chance to work with my MFA head. Only time and the following pages will tell the story of A to Z, and all the letters in between.
Walter, Kyle, "An Actor's Process in Performing the Role of Oberon in William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream"" (2015). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 6894.