Theatre & Dance
Dr. Jessie Glover, Ph.D.
First Committee Member
Dr. Karen Steigman, Ph.D
Second Committee Member
Dr. Michele Acker, Ph.D.
Third Committee Member
Dr. Cindy Laurie-Rose, Ph.D.
Theater, Theatre, Heuristic, Directing, Prison, Greek Tragedy, Art-Based Research
Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity | Criminology and Criminal Justice | Theatre and Performance Studies
In this project, I describe and analyze forces of freedom and coercion through the process of directing Trojan Women by Euripides at Marion Correctional Institution. This analysis documents each stage of the theatrical process—from project proposal to final performance and discussion—through ethnographic, arts-based research using personal observations, primary accounts from performers and audience members, and secondary sources. By exploring the experience of directing Trojan Women in the prison setting, I analyze forces of coercion and freedom in both theatre-making practices and prison. As a result, I assert the uniquely positive aspects and productive utilization's of coercion through theatre in a correctional institution.
Woods, Elise G., "Greek Tragedy at Marion Correctional: An Exploration of Directing Theatre in Prison" (2019). Honors Thesis Projects. 89.