Document Type


Date of Award

Summer 7-2006

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Theatre Production

First Advisor

Brenda J. Hubbard

Second Advisor

Derek Lane

Third Advisor

Elise Forier


The pre-production research included an investigation of the political milieu and social norms of Elizabethan England during Shakespeare's lifetime; Shakespeare's biography; and the historical and cultural context of southern Italy during the late Renaissance. The study also included an examination of Much Ado About Nothing in terms of its relationship to Shakespeare's canon, as well as an investigation of its origin. The task of understanding Shakespearean text, and cutting the script to a length that would be more favorable to the expectations of a modem audience was also undertaken. Finally, an analysis of the dramatic action was conducted. Using a cast of twenty five members, the rehearsal time frame occurred within thirty-eight days. The need for ample scholarship prior to the rehearsal period was demonstrated as it provided informed decision-making during the creative process. Further, the challenges faced during the rehearsal period confirmed the need for a director to utilize excellent communication and leadership skills. An evaluation of the process and the final production, as well as personal strengths and weaknesses of the director are discussed.