Student Presentations – Tia Vasen, Malcolm McCanles

Presentations for the Independent Studies of two Theatre and Drama students are taking place May 5 and 6. Tia Vasen and Malcolm McCanles present their projects under the supervision of Jim Stauffer. Presentations will be over zoom (the link is below) and will be less than 30 minutes in length.

Tia Vasen

Wednesday, May 5th at 1:00 PM

Title: Psychological Effects of Acting: An Exploration of Modern Theatre Training Techniques on Actors’ Mental and Emotional Health

“Actors suffer from higher rates of depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, perfectionism, and burnout than the general population. This presentation will be a look into how character development, empathy, and vulnerability interact to create and exacerbate these issues within both student and professional actor populations.” 


Malcolm McCanles 

Thursday, May 6th at 11:00 AM

Digital Theatre: A Short Guide

“Since the pandemic has halted live theatre a new artistic medium has emerged: Digital Theatre. Over this past semester I have interviewed theatre-makers, watched virtual shows, and read studies on the topic of live theatre and empathy; all to try to define the phenomenon of Digital Theatre and find out how it can work to be more than just a replacement of live theatre. I have assembled a list of the best practices which specifically take into consideration how digital theatre can deliver empathy to an audience watching remotely from a screen.”

Please use this link to access the presentations: