Theatre and Film, Johnny Carson School of


First Advisor

Mitchell L. Critel

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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 Mitchell L. Critel. Lincoln, Nebraska: May, 2018

Copyright (c) 2018 Brendan Robert Greene-Walsh


The Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at the University of Nebraska began its spring semester of the 2017-2018 season with a production of Avenue Q. Director Andy Park staged this production in the Johnny Carson Studio at the Lied Center on the University of Nebraska campus. My role in the production was that of technical director. The responsibilities of the technical director include budgeting of departmental resources, money and labor, engineering and construction of all scenic elements, maintaining a safe working environment, creating and adhering to a timely build schedule, maintaining the designer’s aesthetic vision throughout, the transportation and installation of all scenic elements to the performance space and removal of all elements following the completion of the production.

This thesis details the process necessary to take a conceptual design and put it into a working reality within the confines of budget, time and available skill. Following the conclusion of this thesis is a series of appendices to support the written information.

Advisor: Mitchell L. Critel