Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis


Theatre and Dance



First Advisor

Lisa Martin-Stuart


What is art? Thomas Merton said, "Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." This thesis is a detailed reflection of my process as a designer and how I have grown not only as a person but also, as an artist during my three years at the University of South Carolina. It describes my process and effort to refine my skills as a costume designer and to create the indelible world; that captures a plays mood, its characters, genre and time period.

Magdelena Abakanowicz stated that, "Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind born out of struggle between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality in our mind." I believe this is evident in my documented experience of the productions of Lady of Larkspur Lotion, This Property is Condemned, Macbeth, Boeing Boeing and The 39 Steps. As well as, my internship at Barter Theatre, where I designed three children's plays while, also working on wardrobe crew and being a design assistant. It is a testimony of the in-depth, circumstances of a play and the research involved in uncovering its focus, and in-turn conveying that idea through a visible means of expression. For example: fabric, texture, silhouette and color, so that a plays characters are part of the creative world. From each production I gained design experience and knowledge, which helped me to discover my own method and approach to design, making me a better collaborative, artist.


© 2014, Caitlin Joye Moraska