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Bryce Dale Allen

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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 Bryce Dale Allen. Lincoln, Nebraska: May, 2023.

Copyright © 2023 Stephanie A. Schlosser


The Nebraska Repertory Theatre, in partnership with the Johnny Carson School of Theatre, Film, and Emerging Media Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, chose to produce Death of a Salesman, directed by Jacqueline Thompson, for the second show of their 2022-2023 season. Death of a Salesman was produced on the Howell Stage, a 300-seat proscenium theatre located in the Temple building on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. The graduate faculty assigned the role of Technical Director to me in May 2022. As technical director I was responsible for budgeting materials and labor, drafting and engineering scenery, managing personnel, maintaining safety, scheduling stage needs, installing and removing scenery from the venue, communicating and collaborating with other departments, and upholding the conceptual design of the scenic designer.

This thesis will focus on my processes and experiences as the Technical Director for the production of Death of a Salesman to demonstrate my proficiency in completing the tasks notated above.

Advisor: Bryce Dale Allen