Date of Graduation
Master of Fine Arts in Theatre (MFA)
Second Committee Member
Black Power, Blaxploitation, Jackson State, Orishas
In “The Creation and Development of Rise”, I will explain how my play evolved from
the initial writing process until the actual production of the show.
The Department of Theatre allows students to experience the development of new work through
the functions of the classroom. The goal is to simulate how a process would occur in the professional world.
The purpose of this thesis is to explore the journey of creation within Rise. Rise tells the story of the
community of St. Marie, Louisiana during Mardi Gras, 1972. The play highlights the city’s
triumphs and downfalls, and it is set to the sound of horns—signaling celebration and ceremony.
McInnis, Paul Randall, "The Creation and Development of Rise" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 2800.