Theatre & Dance ETDs

Publication Date

Spring 4-15-2022


In this essay, I detail my growth as a writer through different periods of empathic learning. I examine my childhood struggle to understand many common emotions and the ways in which I began to logically dissect and replicate them in life and in art. I further delve into this examination through my discovery of comedy and the lifelong process of understand the deep connections humans make with humor. I then discuss how my understanding of empathy allowed me to write my dissertation play, The Eccentrics, and create a world in which empathy among the characters can be a catalyst for learning in the minds of the audience.

Degree Name

Dramatic Writing

Level of Degree


Department Name

Theatre & Dance

First Committee Member (Chair)

Gregory S Moss

Second Committee Member

Donna Jewel

Third Committee Member

Erik Ehn

Fourth Committee Member

Leonard Madrid

Fifth Committee Member

Deborah Fort




drama, playwriting, theatre, empathy

Document Type