Senior Thesis Projects in Theater

Each academic experience builds toward your senior thesis project. It’s required for graduation, and our students tell us that while it’s demanding, it’s also one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives. Here are some thesis projects in Theater:

 “Mapping Identity: Relationships Between In/Out Space” by Jessica Borusky

“Explorations of Irishness in Synge, McDonagh, Yeats, & Beckett” by Philip Levie

“Hear Say: Identity, Communication, and Language in the Modern Metaplay or Adventures in Playwriting” by Emma Holder

“Frailty Thy Name is Woman: A Theatrical Exploration of Motherhood and Masochistic Play.” by Lacy Warner

“Killing Pearl: When Hester Chooses Infanticide--Confronting Motherhood and the Redemptive Fantasy of The Scarlet Letter in Suzan-Lori Parks's The Red Letter Plays” by Alison Reid

“On the Nature of the Puppet: An Exploration of Four Puppet-Plays” by Erin Boggs

“Dramatic Production: An Acting Workshop for Writers” by Carol Duval

“Theater of the Community: Connecting Communities in North Sarasota” by Arkady Medovoy

“Acting Existentialism: Jean-Paul Sarte's Huis Clos... Adaptation, Production and Criticism” by Patrick Armshaw

“More than Heavenly Power Permits: The Faust Myth and Man's Striving in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, Goethe's Faust and Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita” by Carlos Guzman-Verdugo

“An Adaptable Fellow: A Theatrical Adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises” by Mary Lehach

“Rethinking Brecht: The Reinvention of Contemporary Politics and Political Theater” by Lauren Nash

“From Fathers and Sons to Fathers and Children: A Case in Adaptation Theory.” by David M. Robinson

“New College Street Theatre of Motley Fools” by Cynthia Tucker

“Plays Well With Others: The Ensemble Theory of Theatrical Performance” by Deanna Ross

“An Actor Perceives: Are Actors/Keener Observers of Behavior than Non-Actors?” by Scott Casper

“In-Group Behavior and Theater in Adolescents” by Martha C. Graebner

“Acting and Cognition: Context-Dependent Memory Effects for Professional Actors in and Out of Character” by Sara Elizabeth Stein

“Smiling Inside: Routinization, Representation, and Rat Race” by Eric Jakobsen

“Questioning Reality: Ethnographic and Dramatic Interpretations of a New Age Millenarian Group” by Noah Teitelbaum

“Antonin Artaud's Theater of Cruelty” by Doug MacDonald

“Opposite Directions: The Ambiguity of the Director's Role in Contemporary Theater” by Jonathan Spector

“Uncle Sam Takes the Stage: A Social and Literary Study of the Federal Theatre Project” by Stuart Jess Phillips


New College grad Maya Lilly received a Best of Actor’s Rep award for her critically-acclaimed play, Mixed, and earned a prestigious Udall Scholarship for her work combining the arts and environmental activism.

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