Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

Varns, Mark


This document chronicles the lighting design and production process of Jonathan Larson's RENT at SIU between the pre-design analysis stage in March 2012 and opening night on October 18, 2012 from an analytic perspective focusing on the relationship between lighting design and other major production elements. The first chapter details my artistic, pragmatic, and personal goals regarding the project. The second chapter exhibits my analysis and research of Larson's musical. By examining the incubation, selection, and implementation phases of the design and production process, the third chapter defines the methods by which I accomplished the project goals. The fourth and final chapter is an evaluation of the design and production process outcome in relation to the goals laid out in the first. The appendices include all documents associated with the design process: inspirational and research imagery, idea renderings, the lighting plot and paperwork, and production photographs. Two supplementary files are included alongside this document. The first is a collection of all pertinent lighting design paperwork and the second is a video compilation including a rendered flythrough of the scenery and several clips of performance footage referenced in Chapter Three.




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