The Construction of a Sympathetic Character: Helena in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Audrey Holland Burns, Bates College


This is a thesis project in acting. The work demonstrated includes an analysis of the characters, setting, and themes in William Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream with particular emphasis placed on the study of the character Helena. This thesis features extensive character work and rehearsal of the role of Helena as experienced over the course of several months. The project culminates with the performance of Helena as part of a fully cast, staged, and costumed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for a run of five consecutive days.