Theatre has evolved over the many years. As it has grown, it moved to include more diverse performers, crew, producers, and audiences. This is an exploration of the expansion of diverse theatre.
My eyes were the worst mixture of bloodshot, purple and torture, my body in the worst state possible having gone seventy two hours without sleep, a meal and a proper shower and my mind, a complete mess. I was physically and mentally exhausted, my body and face displaying it all, yet I don't think I had ever came to know who I was more than at the very moment I saw myself completely shut down.
I am a Pakistan-born United States resident. I lived in Pakistan until 2009 and worked as an elementary, middle and high school music and fine arts teacher as well as an actor, dancer and singer. I had no opportunity to be formally trained in acting and singing. I learned to sing, dance and act from private tutors. However, I 've always desired to be trained at a world-class acting school.
Television and film is a huge part of American culture. As the “face” of America changes, it is expected for our media to reflect it. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Since the beginning of film, minorities have been misrepresented and underrepresented. While there has been a significant increase in minority actors since the beginning of film, there is still a huge underrepresentation present in American television and film. Our media needs to reflect out diverse country. This topic is always important and relevant because race, gender, and sexuality, in general, have been issues throughout the growth of television and film. Even today, minorities are subject to
Ever since I was a kid I have always thought about what college I was eventually going to go to. I made the decision in high school that I wanted to be a special education teacher, so I thought about some schools that had that teaching program. My number one school I wanted to attend that had the best teaching program was East Carolina University. Having ECU as my number one choice lead me to apply there. Weeks after I applied I got a letter telling me some sad news that I was not accepted. Since I applied to ECU and did not get in, I was now thinking about applying to other schools like Methodist University or maybe a community college.
Throughout the documentary the many stereotypes of Asian Americans generated by Hollywood are discussed. For example Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa discusses how he can either play ”The wimpy businessman or the villain”(Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa, Slanted Screen). The extreme nature of these roles causes Asian Americans to be seen as different from American society. As well those who view the media will associate their roles with their identity even though the films are fictional. The role of a wimpy businessman or a villain means that Asian Americans are either insignificant or when they are of importance it is because they have malicious intentions.
Playwright August Wilson, and actress Danielle Brooks have made the most contributions to my life as a humanitarian, and an actor in training. August Wilson created a foundation for African-Americans who are interested in the theatre. The Pittsburgh Cycle, a collection of ten plays strictly for African-Americans, opened the door to future opportunities for African-American playwrights, directors, stage managers, and actors. The context of his plays portrayed the genuine life and struggle of African-Americans. He wrote about the importance of family, history, futures, and development. Reading and studying August Wilson’s plays lead to me loving and embracing my history as an African-American. I studied his work in the early parts of my acting
It was the winter of 2014 when my mother forced me to go to The Corner Health Center Theatre Troupe. I was livid, and acting at the time was something that I was terrified of. I felt as if I was a bird being pushed from the nest too early. I knew there was no possible way that I could be able to: one,talk to strangers, two, learn a script,
I gave several examples where Asian Americans were used to play very simple characters. These roles were defined by stereotypes that exist in America. I also researched instances on counter actions taken by Asian Americans to protest against these negative images. My research also has examples of Asians that have succeeded in breaking through the racial barriers in the media.
I slowly cut the heart out of the folded paper and held it up to the light. The edges were jagged and uneven; I tossed it in my growing pile of scrap paper. My hands were stained with marker and my hair was covered in glitter. It was bedtime and I was not even halfway done with the valentines for my third-grade class. I wanted my cards to look great- better than store-bought. I was so frustrated that tears welled in my eyes. The next morning, defeated, I went to CVS with my mom to buy cards. Everyone liked the Kit-Kat bars taped to the backs.
On September 18, 2014, I attended a play in New Ohio Theatre called “ I like To Be Here: Jackson Heights Revisited.” When I attended this theatre in Greenwich Village in the borough of Manhattan, I was amazed by the reaction of the audience towards what they were seeing on the stage. I checked in 30 minutes early, and was given a program. In this program was information about the director, characters, designers and a schedule of when the next performance would be. Jackson Heights was the effect of a multiethnic environment involving multilingual people. Their piece of acting showcases the many voices that lived these neighborhoods in the borough of
Ever since I was a child, I loved acting out a character’s lines and actions in movies, cartoons, and other shows. Both of my parents, though silly in their own individual rights, brought out my own quirky desire to mimic the silly sounds and voices they would use in regard to me. This ultimately developed a passion for voice acting within me as I continued to grow older, thus creating a longing to know more about the craft. That longing has brought me to Glendale Community College to delve into an acting class within my Theater major to expand and hone my acting skills. I confidently expect to learn from Professor Seitz and humbly accept any form of criticism in order to better myself in all aspects of the course. I graciously look forward
The actors selected also must be able to accurately portray the group of people or customs in an authentic way. There shouldn’t be vague stereo-types that are thrown in half hazard to the production and there shouldn’t be incorrect representation of a culture. If the writer chooses to gain insight from a different interpretation of a culture or an experience unlike their own, I think that it should be clarified to the audience.
The stage holds a certain power over the audience that sits in front of it. Some people think of it only as a flat surface that allows actors to perform and entertain the public, but it offers so much more than they could ever realize. Through the story on the stage, actors pour their hearts out so that they can uncover something that each and every human beings tries to find, a glimpse of humanity’s truth. Understanding and truth is what an actor lives and strives for, but this is not possible without the use of lines and characterization. An actor cannot simply perform on the stage without these because he will never uncover a piece of humanity’s truth without uncovering a piece of his character. Every single actor must follow their lines and characterization in order to fill out the grand portrait of mankind. Understanding more about the human race allows the stage to flourish with knowledge, acceptance, and compassion. An actor’s duty is to expose a glimpse of humanity’s truth through the stage just like it is a person’s duty to expose a glimpse of truth through the world. The only way to reveal truth in this world is to understand languages and culture like an actor understands his lines and characterization. This reason is what drives my interest for languages and culture. I want to help play my part at Ohio University as a global citizen in order to make the world a more knowledgeable, accepting, and compassionate place.