AbstractsBiology & Animal Science

Hear Me Roar: How I Found the Courage to Take Risks and Become a More Fearless Performer

by Caitlin McCormick

Institution: Savannah College of Art and Design
Department: Performing Arts
Degree: M.F.A.
Year: 2015
Keywords: Thesis (M.F.A.)  – Performing Arts; Savannah College of Art and Design  – Department of Performing Arts
Record ID: 2059302
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It is an old adage that, for an artist, pain and challenge often result in artistic growth. When my mother was diagnosed with leukemia in November 2013, after much soul searching and emotional challenge, I wanted to test that adage, to see how I could turn my mother’s misfortune and the pain it caused me into an expression of my artistry that would lead to artistic growth. To that end, I produced and performed in a fundraising concert to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. My thesis explores the process, the growth and proves that old adage; that personal misfortune can inspire art and lead to artistic growth. Keywords: courage, growth, process, fear, acceptance, strength