Theatre and Film, Johnny Carson School of


Date of this Version

Spring 4-22-2014


A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College of the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Fine Arts, Major: Theatre Arts, Under the Supervision of Professor Edward Stauffer. Lincoln, Nebraska: May, 2014

Copyright 2014, Matthew Michael Rightmire


The Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film opened its 2013-14 mainstage season with the play Silence in the Studio Theatre on October 10, 2013. This thesis project encompasses the Technical Direction of Silence. As the Technical Director, I was responsible for the budgeting of time, people, and money necessary to plan, organize, construct, and load into the theatre all the scenic elements required for the performance. Duties included purchasing materials, drafting construction drawings, and leading shop crews in the individual processes to create each scenic element as well as modifying the house seating equipment to accommodate the scenic designer’s creation. This thesis encompasses the technical direction process. Appendices include scenic design materials, construction notes and drawings, technical direction paperwork, and production photos.

Advisor: Edward Stauffer

Set walkthrough.mp4 (34255 kB)
Walking through the set and house for Silence.

Locomotion of Bed.mp4 (10494 kB)
Running crew rehearsing the entrance and exit of the bed.

Bed entrance with King.mp4 (10219 kB)
Scene change cue showing bed moving on stage.

Bed exit with King.mp4 (19438 kB)
Scene change cue showing bed moving off stage.

Cart ride using reins.mp4 (26568 kB)
Scene showing use of rocks as the cart, use of reins, and projections synchronized with lighting.