Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

Zea, Wendi


AN ABSTRACT OF THE THESIS OFMolly Heal, for the Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre, presented on April 4, 2023, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. TITLE: ROMEO AND JULIET: THE SUMMER OF TRAGEDY MAJOR PROFESSOR: Wendi Zea I held the role of lighting designer for Southern Illinois University’s Fall 2022 production of Romeo and Juliet. This document details the design process beginning March 2022 through opening October 13th 2022. The first chapter dives into my research, inspiration and artistic plan for the production, as well as my personal goals. The second chapter details the design process as my process interacted with the rest of the design team. The third chapter shows the process of the implementation stage of the design process. The fourth and final chapter is an evaluation of my process and how the goals laid out in the first chapter were reflected throughout. The appendices hold all of the related imagery and paperwork to the design and production process. This includes inspiration and research imagery, schedules, renderings, lighting plots and paperwork, as well as final production shots.




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