Honors Program

Fine and Performing Arts Honors

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Karen Brewster

Thesis Professor Department

Theatre and Dance

Thesis Reader(s)

Scott Contreras-Koterbay, Laura Kelly


This thesis presentation will expand on my personal experience studying abroad in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. I travelled there the semester of the unexpected pandemic causing a worldwide shutdown. I take the reader through past theatrical experience and my training as an actor at ETSU. These things led me to my personal revelation of connecting art with travel and the importance of adapting in every situation.

I share with the reader times of trial during my training as an artist along with lessons I learned before the ultimate expedition to Bulgaria, which tied all of the lessons into one. I reflect on what it means to be a theatre artist. I will also look into how travelling to new places has been a tool for future creative projects. With the aide of my Bulgarian and Tennessee professors I touch on Meisner’s laws of acting as well as the general idea of travelling as a tool for anyone thirsty for new perspectives.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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