The Resource Becoming a feminist director in the academy, by Cece Marie McFarland

Becoming a feminist director in the academy, by Cece Marie McFarland

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Becoming a feminist director in the academy
Title
Becoming a feminist director in the academy
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by Cece Marie McFarland
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Language
eng
Summary
In this dissertation, I investigate the creation of my performance of a feminist director. I examine how I became a feminist, what led me to directing, and what choices I made when I intentionally attempted to embody feminist theory in the rehearsal hall. More specifically, I examine how I worked to de-center the power of the director. The theme of silencing is prevalent in the literature about women in higher education, women in leadership, and women and communication. The theme of silencing was prevalent in my life, and I examine how I overcame that silence. I am left with the question: can there be a truly feminist directing experience in academia? I use performative writing and Scholarly Personal Narrative (SPN), developed by Robert Nash, as method and methodology to guide my research into and reflection upon the topics listed above. In addition to my own recollections of directing Touch as a feminist, I contextualize my experience within the broader scholarship of leadership, communication, directing, and feminism. SPN, combined with performative writing, allow me to tell my own unique story while still relating it to the scholars and practitioners upon whose shoulders I stand. Rather than simply telling my story, I examine the experience through a critical lens. SPN includes thick descriptions interwoven with theory. This is an autobiography as a performance of self on paper. SPN is not intended to create a 'how-to,' rather it encourages the writer to search ever deeper for underlying meanings and messages that may resonate with a reader. I do hope that my dissertation inspires others to build theatre using the tools of feminism, because, as Audre Lorde said "[t]he master's tools will never dismantle the master's house." Theatre practitioners often get caught up in the process of doing and creating. We don't have time for deep reflection about why we make particular choices. Then, if it didn't cause any problems the first time, we may automatically make the same choice again. In this way we perpetuate an automatic, rather than a reflexive, form of directing. We operate with what we know and have done in the past. Some of the rules and expectations associated with putting on a play are studied and taught while others are simply assumed. In this dissertation, I probe and reflect upon the choices I made in the rehearsal hall. I make those choices conscious and transparent so that others may draw from my experiences and add to their own directing toolkit
Cataloging source
MUU
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McFarland, Cece Marie
Degree
Ph.D.
Dissertation note
Dissertation
Dissertation year
2013.
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Granting institution
University of Missouri--Columbia
Index
no index present
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non fiction
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  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
  • theses
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Carver, M. Heather
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  • Feminist theater
  • Theater
  • Women
  • Feminist theory
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Becoming a feminist director in the academy, by Cece Marie McFarland
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  • "December 2013."
  • "A Dissertation presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School at the University of Missouri--Columbia In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Doctor of Philosophy."
  • Dissertation supervisor: Dr. M. Heather Carver
  • Vita
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 174-193)
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier.
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text
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txt
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rdacontent.
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895661096
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1 online resource (xii, 194 pages)
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online
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computer
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rdamedia.
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c
Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)895661096
Label
Becoming a feminist director in the academy, by Cece Marie McFarland
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • "December 2013."
  • "A Dissertation presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School at the University of Missouri--Columbia In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Doctor of Philosophy."
  • Dissertation supervisor: Dr. M. Heather Carver
  • Vita
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 174-193)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
895661096
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 194 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)895661096

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