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Document Type

Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Professor Ortega

Reader 2

Professor Hurtado-Pierson

Reader 3

Professor Brosterman

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@2019 Emma M Elliott


My intention in this performance is to create a therapeutic theatrical process for myself and engage the audience with intense emotional vulnerability regarding the combination and validation of the nobody and performative self. I utilized both my vocal and acting training to work through emotional trauma that I have experienced and created a musical performance to demonstrate my journey of therapy and emotional reconciliation within myself and my family. I focused my research on using autobiographical performances to solidify and validate the identity of the performer to an audience. In doing so, this allows the performers to become the narrator and take control of their life story. Self-reflection can provide clarity and insight into one’s mental state and understanding of how certain events have impacted them mentally and/or physically.

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