Date of Award
Creative Studies, M.S.
International Center for Studies in Creativity
Dr. Cyndi Burnett
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This project explores the relationship between creativity and identity, specifically as they interact through artistic practice. Using research into theater, gender, identity, and creative impulse a performance piece was developed for the stage. The piece used text, improvisational and written music as well as scripted and improvised speech to explore five major area of the human experience. The first iteration of the project culminated in an invitation to stage workshop performances at a local theater and work continues on the development of the piece. While the research focused on questioning the creative impulse of others, the art making revealed that the richest answers could be discovered through looking inward. The delicate balance of engagement and observation that ensued allowed a unique look into creativity, identity, and art through the unexpected lens of my own experience.
Templeton, Beth D., "Creating Self: A Theatrical Exploration of Identity" (2012). Creative Studies Graduate Student Master's Projects. 160.