The space between: uncovering the lived experience of actor communication
Kelty, Shawna B. Mefferd
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Using the qualitative methodology of hermeneutic phenomenology, this dissertation documents student actors' lived experience of actor communication in performance. The author locates this study in relation to actor training, rehearsal methods, director training, and psychoanalytic theory. This hermeneutic phenomenological study examines the lived experience of eight undergraduate student actors who had performed at the University of Missouri and had experienced actor communication in performance and/or rehearsal. The actors' lived experience of actor communication was found to be a complex multi-dimensional phenomenon described as: a connection between actors which is only understood through feeling or sense, having certain necessary conditions, obstacles and variable conditions which may impact the connection; a blurring of reality, identity, relationships, and emotions; and having a specific location with defined limits - a space between actors. The absence or presence of actor communication has significant impact on an actor's process and perception of her acting partner. The strong emotional responses towards acting partners suggest that the structure of transference is also a part of the process of actor communication.
2009 Freely available dissertations (MU)