Theatre and Film, Johnny Carson School of


First Advisor

Laurel Shoemaker

Date of this Version



Finn, Maxx L. "Hamlet: An Illuminating Look at Tragedy." MFA Thesis. University of Nebraska - Lincoln. 2017.


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at 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 Laurel Shoemaker. Lincoln, Nebraska: April 2017

Copyright (c) 2015 Maxx L. Finn


This thesis describes the research and production process of the lighting design of Hamlet, adapted by Wesley Broulik, performed in Howell Theatre, from November 17 through December 4 at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at the University of Nebraska. Hamlet was directed by Wesley Broulik. Maxx Finn acted as the production’s lighting designer, Kaitlyn Peterson designed the set, Haley Williams designed the costumes, Emily Callahan designed the sound, Andrea Besch acted as the properties master, and Travis Smith was the acting technical director.

This thesis contains the entire lighting design process for Hamlet, including initial meetings, conceptualization, paperwork, technical rehearsal process, and production photographs.

Advisor: Laurel Shoemaker