Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

Fagerholm, Thomas


This document, A TD’s Awakening: A Technical Direction Thesis on Spring Awakening, is a detailed description of the technical direction process for Southern Illinois University Department of Theater’s Fall 2017 production of Spring Awakening: A New Musical. Chapter One dives into script analysis and includes a scene breakdown and technical requirements for the production as well as a discussion of the goals I wished to accomplish with this project. Chapter Two details the development of the design for the production and examines the monetary and time budgets for the scenic units. Chapter 3 is a detailed account of the production process, including any challenges that arose and how they were resolved. Chapter 4 reflects on the goals mentioned in the first chapter and what aspects of the production I would have done differently. Also included in this document are appendices that include the build schedule, the budget sheets, scenic designer’s drafting, construction and assembly drawings, and production photos.




This thesis is Open Access and may be downloaded by anyone.