Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-16 18:28:29



Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2023


For my project, I decided to make a documentary focusing on the experiences of queer, University of Akron students appropriately called, “The Queer Performance.” As a member of the LGBTQ+ community myself, it was particularly important to me to document the unique challenges that queer students have to face. One specific challenge that rings true for me is putting on many different personas in different situations, and I wanted to see how this compared and contrasted with other members of the community. According to Goffman’s Dramaturgical Theory, everyone puts on an act when they are around people, but each of these acts are still part of one’s true self. Going off of this I wanted to see where students felt they were putting up more of an act, and where they felt they did not have to act as much. Overall, I wanted to highlight a group that has done so much for me as a community and welcomed me with open arms.

Research Sponsor

Juan Eduardo Contreras

First Reader

Dr. Amber L. Ferris

Second Reader

Dr. Kara Kvaran

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Kathleen D. Clark

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