Defense Date

2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

Theatre

First Advisor

Keith Byron Kirk, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Aaron Anderson, PhD

Third Advisor

Douglas Brown

Abstract

After working over twenty years in theatre and the entertainment industries, I began teaching high school level stagecraft and looked for a textbook geared towards those students just stepping into the world of technical theatre. What I found was that there is no one single source textbook for high school level students. The textbooks were either too elementary or had too much information that was written for college level students.

I begin my teaching career using a textbook I thought would serve the purpose, but found my students were frustrated with the text as much as I was. I began incorporating material from other sources to cover the various components of the class; construction, rigging, lighting and sound, to name a few. After a couple of years having my students telling me that I should just write a stagecraft book, I thought maybe I could.

After talking and sending out a survey to other technical directors, or the alike, in high school theatre, I found I was not alone in the way I had to cover the content of the course. Therefore, I decided to take my students challenge and write a textbook for them. I hope this will be a good resource for both students and teachers like me.

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Is Part Of

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Date of Submission

5-9-2019

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