Date of Degree
Frédérique de Vignemont
Acting | Cognition and Perception | Other Philosophy | Other Theatre and Performance Studies | Performance Studies | Philosophy of Mind
theatre, performance, embodiment, acting, training, enactivism
In this dissertation I present and analyze three distinct actor-training exercises primarily through the lens of the Embodied Cognition (EC) branch of contemporary philosophy, which attempts to frame human understanding as a fully embodied interaction with the environment. Drawing from neuroscience, psychology, linguistics, and other branches of philosophy, EC provides both an excellent set of tools and a strong theoretical framework to help explain how people encounter meaning in life. I apply its unique perspectives to this philosophical account of the embodied actor as I analyze the various elements at play in actor training praxis, which allows me to shed some light on both the mysterious craft of acting and on theatre itself.
Krumholz, Brad M., "Being in Performance: A Philosophical Account of the Embodied Actor" (2018). CUNY Academic Works.