Theatre and Film, Johnny Carson School of


First Advisor

Mitchell L. Critel

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Strickland, Michael Garrett (2019). Technical Direction of Mother Courage and Her Children (Masters Thesis)


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, 2019.

Copyright (c) 2019 Michael Strickland


The Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, in conjunction with the Nebraska Repertory Theatre, produced Mother Courage and Her Children as the second show of the 2018-2019 season, directed by Andy Park in Howell Theater. I served as technical director for this production, whose task was engineering and the constructing the scenic design. My specific responsibilities included the budgeting of scene shop resources, creating and effectively communicating engineering drawings, outlining a clear objective-based schedule, overseeing the construction process, maintaining a safe working environment, installing and removing all scenery from the performance space, and training of back stage personnel for scenery transitions.

This thesis outlines the process of the technical director, from preproduction planning to strike. At the conclusion of this thesis, a series of appendices provide visual support to the written material.

Advisor: Mitchell L. Critel