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Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Carolyn Ratteray

Reader 2

Melissa Mesinas

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The goal of this thesis is to discuss the ways in which the current theatre industry is alienating disabled actors and creatives. The stigmatization around disability in any field is contributing to the added misunderstanding and misrepresentation of disability on stage and in film. This is done through a dramaturgical exploration of the history and present of disability representation in theatre; followed by the summary and analysis of a live theatrical recital with scenes from plays with psychological themes. To add to the message, the recital was also performed and run entirely by people with cognitive or physical disabilities.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.