Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

Zea, Wendi

Second Advisor

Naversen, Ronald


AN ABSTRACT OF THE THESIS OF Mary Katherine Hughes, for the Masters of Fine Art degree in Theater, presented on March 30, 2015, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. TITLE: BEHIND THE CURTAIN: A SCENIC DESIGN OF RUPERT HOLMES' CURTAINS MAJOR PROFESSOR: Wendi Zea This paper covers the design and production process of the musical Curtains as produced by Southern Illinois University in October of 2014. Chapter One is an initial analysis of the play and design goals. Chapter Two is a description of the design processes and incarnations of the play over the course of several months. Chapter Three is a description of the build process for the production. Chapter Four is an analysis of the entire design and build process and its factors with a conclusion based on this analysis. The subsequent appendices contain additional charts and images of and for the design and build processes.




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