Emma G. Symank


Presentation: 3:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom

This project reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process.

Course: THR 250



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For my posterboard I will be talking about the intention of change in the West Side Story remake. I will focus on the transgender Anybodys character and the more accurate Puerto Rican representation. I want to discuss how these changes, although necessary, have specific intentions. I will compare the original intent of the first West Side Story productions versus the changes implemented in the recent version by Spielberg, Kushner, and Moreno. I want to focus on how much better we have gotten at representing identities that we failed to before, but how we have a long way to go. I think it is good to see the number of intentional changes and what they intend to achieve. I will talk about my own reflection in using intentional details as an actor to create real people with real identities that help viewers find themselves.

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Course Project

Primary Advisor

R. Darden Bradshaw, Michelle Hayford

Primary Advisor's Department

Theatre, Dance and Performance Technology


Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

The power of intention