Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



Document Type



This thesis will follow the experience of Leigh-Erin Balmer in creating the role of Fabiana Aziza Cunningham, a character written by Stephen Adly Guirgis in his play, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. The role of Cunningham is the topic of this production thesis in acting, which will be submitted to the Graduate School of Louisiana State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation with the Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre. The thesis contains an introduction; textual analysis and research (regarding author and original production history as well as other text materials); a character study, including a discussion of physical preparation for the role, as well as an investigation of the character relationship between Cunningham and Satan; Balmer’s rehearsal journal which demonstrates growth in implementing research in rehearsal and exhibits performance preparation with detailed scene breakdowns; performance analysis, including written critical feedback; and a conclusion. It will detail Balmer’s approach to the role of Cunningham and decisions regarding Cunningham’s identity, appearance, and character purpose. Finally, the thesis will present a critique of Balmer’s successes in the utilization of different acting methods.



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Committee Chair

Michael Tick