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Video Feature: 'Hero': The Making of a Senior Thesis

June 22nd, 2015
Earmon Foley

From studying the culture of war to creating a theater piece featuring aerial choreography, Eamon Foley's senior year at Princeton allowed him to experiment with and execute many of the ideas that had interested him for years. 

Foley earned an anthropology degree and a certificate in theater in spring 2015. Princeton students must write a senior thesis or conduct an independent research project for their major and certificates, and the creation of the thesis is considered a defining achievement in students' academic lives. For his theater thesis, Foley blended his academic studies with his professional experience as a performer to create an original theater-dance piece titled "Hero." The work was performed April 25-May 1 at the Lewis Center for the Arts' Matthews Acting Studio, the Program in Theater's black box theater. 

"In my time with the anthropology department, I spent a lot of time studying ethnography — the idea of gathering information through interview — and it kind of reminded me of 'The Laramie Project' [about the 1998 murder of University of Wyoming gay student Matthew Shepard] and all this great theater that's been created from ethnography," Foley said. "I thought this would be a great way to look at where anthropology and theater meet."

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