Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Embargo Period

5-7-2015

Degree Program

Theater

Degree Type

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

Year Degree Awarded

2015

Month Degree Awarded

May

Advisor Name

Gilbert

Advisor Last Name

McCauley

Co-advisor Name

Gina

Co-advisor Last Name

Kaufmann

Third Advisor Name

Megan

Third Advisor Last Name

Lewis

Fourth Advisor Name

Julie

Fourth Advisor Last Name

Fife

Abstract

In this thesis, I seek to answer if applying the art of mindfulness to my directorial process can provide a greater experience of satisfaction and promote stronger effectiveness in the level of communication and cooperation amongst the collaborative artists in our theatremaking process, compared to previous departmental productions.

This thesis will explore my journey and cultivation of mindfulness from both a personal and artistic perspective. I define the mindfulness-based principles of Mindful Decision Making, Mindful Listening & Loving Speech, and Shifting Negatives to Positives, and provide case studies of their application in my two production processes William Finn’s A New Brain and Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone, which were a part of UMass Amherst Theatre’s 2014-2015 season.

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