Honouring Creative Individuality: Challenging Hegemonic Systems of Acting
The theatre has long demonstrated a reckless disregard for the psychological risks that actors face. The legacy of mesmerizing, autocratic teachers and directors, coupled with the ascendency of systemic approaches to acting such as the Method, has contributed to ethically questionable practices that too often transform acting training into psychological warfare. By challenging hegemonic assumptions about the nature of an actor's creativity, directors and teachers committed to moral aesthetics can preserve the best of any given acting system while honouring diversity and artistic individuality. Participants will be introduced to a theory of artistic creativity based upon personality types through diagnostic exercises and demonstrations.
Keywords: Moral Aesthetics, Arts Embodied, Pedagogy of Performance, Teaching Acting, Psychology of Acting, Personality Typing, Creativity in Acting, Work of the Director
Dr. Leslie O'Dell
Professor, Department of English and Film, Wilfrid Laurier University