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Elma Linz Kanefield
Hamlet's Mirror

Hamlet's Mirror looks at the stories and experiences of hundreds of performing artists to explain what prevents some from reaching their performance potential and what empowers others to realize it. The author introduces four Performer Personality Profiles: Problem-Ridden, Pugnacious, Promising and Potential-Realized. These personalities reveal and clarify how performing artists move through professional and personal challenges to become the best they can be as people and as performers. You are invited to hold Hamlet's mirror to see how the wisdom and insight that these performers gained can help you too reach your performance potential.

Co-author: Dianne Conjeaud

Quarter Finalist

Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.75 out of 10


Plot/Idea: A professional in the psychology of performing arts, the author sets her focus on helping performers gain personal insight to improve their craft. She offers readers useful reflection exercises to aid them in reaching their full potential as well as real-life examples that illustrate her concepts in action.

Prose: This is a well-written, accessible work that performers will find valuable. The author's prose is succinct yet meaningful, ripe with stories that will resonate with readers in these professions.

Originality: The world of performance arts psychology is a specialized field and as such the book is unique; however, this work also delivers pearls of wisdom for an audience beyond the intended one.

Character/Execution: The author skillfully relates her advice, methodology, and stories to her theme. Readers will find an abundance of helpful prompts and activities to utilize in their own performance achievement paths.

Date Submitted: January 29, 2023