Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Theatre (MFA)

Degree Level





Shawn Irish

Committee Member

Michael Riha

Second Committee Member

Morgan Hicks


Design, Lighting, Production


This thesis will delve into the historical context, analysis, design process and execution of the lighting design for the University of Arkansas’ production of Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice. Special care will be taken to document an exploration of the challenges faced by this production during research, design meetings as well as throughout the implementation of this design. This document will seek to answer the questions: how does one design the lighting for a show that is in and of itself a metaphor? When each scene requires its own striking visual, how does the designer weave the play together so that it is a cohesive piece of art?

Included in this document is the necessary paperwork to complete a lighting design: a light plot, section, magic sheet, paper work, and research images and collages. Production shots will be attached in the appendices for reference throughout the document and specifically used during the scene-by-scene break down.