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Attending to the Sacred in the Everyday

  • Author(s): Key, Dylan James
  • Advisor(s): Castro, Robert
  • et al.
Abstract

My time at University of California San Diego (UCSD) has been a moment of intense learning and development of artistry. I hoped to come to UCSD for the purpose of gaining new techniques, skills, and credits, all of which I have received. However, the real learning has been deeply personal and deeply spiritual. Through the classes, productions, and collaborations at UCSD I have learned the multiplicity of powers which are moving through our lives at any given moment, that in addition to the rules of physics, there are always forces of history, politics, metaphysics, philosophy, and spirituality at work in every moment. But I am only occasionally attending to those forces. Through my teachers both formal and informal at UCSD I have learned how those forces ripple through every moment and how the theatre can be a space to create a new concrete world that makes those forces manifest and perceivable in the theatrical form. This paper is an examination of the processes, experiences, and relationships which have taught me what I define directing to be and how I myself can be one—that is, by creating a concept, using the tools of the theatrical form to express my vision of the way the world works through the images, rhythms, and situations of a specific production. This expression of the way the world truly works is what I call revealing the divine and this paper is a reflectios on God, the divine, and using theatre to make God manifest in the theatrical concrete, and therefore our lives.

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