Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

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Jocelyn Buckner


Style. The term itself is used in a plethora of mediums and subjects. When speaking of a painter's style, like Monet, it is describing the technique used and own individualized ways of creating his painting. But what does this term mean in Theatre? The first thing that comes to mind is less of a clear definition of what "style" is, but rather what springs to mind are examples of style. Abstract or Realism are all familiar terms when style is mentioned, but there are many others, and just what exactly is style and how does it affect a piece of theatre? Styles provide a lens to view the world of the play and creates a portal for all involved to immerse themselves into. Style is the “how” part. Through the lens of a director, I aim to explore and begin to create my own personal style doing so by digging into exactly how and why style contributes to the overall success or failure of a production. Through research, various techniques and application of acting theory, I aim to create a basic, almost formulaic version of three different styles: Naturalism, Elizabethan, and Absurdist styles, and layering them onto three open scene which will be worked through with actors. These actors will read through the scene itself, and will make discoveries before anything else is changed about the scene, and again after the changes from the style; this all to deepen an understanding and insight into working with particular styles.


Presented at the Fall 2014 Undergraduate Student Research Day at Chapman University.