Semester of Graduation

Spring 2018


Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



Document Type



The course of creation never did run smooth. Every act of creation is a process of creation. While theatrical creation and execution may follow the same basic steps each time, the process will always be evolving. One may take many paths to reach the same destination.

This project is a study of the process of creation and execution of a repertory theatrical lighting design for a professional company in an academic setting. In the spring of 2017, Swine Palace Theatre, the professional company associated with Louisiana State University’s (LSU) School of Theatre, produced Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull in full rotating repertory with Aaron Posner’s modern adaptation Stupid Fucking Bird. Different design teams were chosen for each piece but the scenic designer and the lighting designer would work on both. I served as the lighting designer. This project will track the design from inception to implementation, covering initial meetings, research, execution, and the changeover process. The final chapter will reflect on the success and failure of concepts and implementation methods and address areas that need further investigation. Finally, connections will be drawn between this process and the industry at large.

Although repertory productions are not uncommon, very little of the repertory design and implementation process has been presented in a detailed written format. The goal of this work is to provide a case study of repertory design and execution through the documentation of the lighting design and implementation of The Seagull and Stupid Fucking Bird at Swine Palace Theatre. This work also bridges the gap between training and industry, illustrating how the presence of a professional company in an academic setting challenges professionals and students alike.



Committee Chair

Murphy, James