Date of Award

January 2013

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Theatre Arts

First Advisor

Ali Angelone


The process of creating a character entails much more than memorizing a few lines, learning blocking, and repeating them on stage. An important aspect for an actor passionate about improving their craft as an artist comes during the pre-rehearsal process. Before the audience enters the theatre, or the director has taken control of the actors on stage, it is important, as an actor, to begin to develop the many aspects of the character that he or she will bring to the play. This thesis is a character study of Iago, from Othello. The first chapter will explore a textual analysis of Othello. The second chapter is an exploration of Iago through a detailed character analysis. The third chapter will be an exploration of the pre-production of the character and how I would create Iago. Through this creative process it will be shown that Iago is a manipulative, duplicitous antagonist that drives the action of Othello.