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Campus-Only Access for Five (5) Years

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Degree Program


Degree Type

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

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The role of the American theatrical lighting designer is to be a visual collaborator on the design team. While other designers can produce elements that the rest of the team can hold or listen to such as a model of the set by the set designer or a sound effect from the sound designer, the lighting designer must rely on his or her ability to communicate his or her ideas. Visual lighting elements are complex ideas and must be clearly stated and planned for if the production is to be cohesive. This thesis presents the goals to communicate verbally, collaborate, and implement lighting ideas effectively with the design team of Refugee, written by Milan Dragicevich, as well as to maintain an overall visually pleasing and immersive experience for the audience.

First Advisor

Penny L Remsen

Second Advisor

Margo Caddell

Third Advisor

Megan Lewis

Fourth Advisor

Milan Dragicevich