Theatre and Film, Johnny Carson School of


Date of this Version

Spring 5-2010

Document Type



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 Harris Smith. Lincoln, NE: May, 2010
Copyright (c) 2010 Daniel Gilbert


This thesis is a documentation of the creative process I utilized in the preparation of the role of Edmund in the 2009 UNL production of William Shakespeare’s King Lear. It is comprised of three main parts. Part One: Research consists of all complied materials pertaining to the life and work of William Shakespeare and his play King Lear; including play structure, language and themes. Part Two: Process is an examination of the rehearsal process and methodology used in character development. Part Three: Evaluation is a conclusion of the process and provides faculty responses as well as self examinations regarding the success or failure of the performance; including journals, analyses and interviews.
Advisor: Harris Smith