Theatre and Film, Johnny Carson School of


First Advisor

Michelle Harvey

Date of this Version

Spring 5-5-2023


Smith, Abbey Lynn, “Death of a Salesman: Nostalgia Refracted Through the Language of Light” (2023). Student Research and Creative Activity in Theatre and Film.


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 Michelle Harvey. Lincoln, Nebraska: May, 2023

Copyright © 2023 Abbey Lynn Smith


The purpose of this thesis is to provide an in-depth look at the design process for the Nebraska Repertory Theater’s production of Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, which performed in November 2022. This process includes research that facilitated early design conversations, documentation that relayed information necessary for implementation, and additional materials typically used as reference for a lighting designer. This thesis includes research images, hand-drawn renderings, previsualization, light plots, lighting paperwork, and production photos of the final product.