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Open Access Thesis

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

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This thesis paper reflects upon the costume design process taken by Emma Hollows to produce a realist production of the Junction Avenue Theatre Company’s musical Sophiatown at the Augusta Savage Gallery at the University of Massachusetts in May 2020. Sophiatown follows a household forcibly removed from their homes by the Native Resettlement Act of 1954 amid apartheid in South Africa. The paper discusses her attempts as a costume designer to strike a balance between replicating history and making artistic changes for theatre, while always striving to create believable characters.


First Advisor

Yao Chen

Second Advisor

Joye Bowman

Third Advisor

John Bracey

Fourth Advisor

Michael Cottom

Fifth Advisor

Megan Lewis