Date of Award

Spring 2022

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Department

Theatre and Dance

First Advisor

Kristy Hall

Abstract

This thesis is a self-reflection on time in the three-year Master of Fine Arts in Theater program at the University of South Carolina, during the 2020 rise of the Covid-19 Pandemic and the years after. It is a chronologically structured examination of two years of academic experiences, both prior to and during the pandemic, and one year of professionally application experience post-pandemic. The academics cover course experiences to production assignments and design opportunities, going into detail on the student’s process and thoughts at the time. The reflections on professional experience discuss the student’s future goals and how they have evolved since starting their program of study. Covering not only the educational experience but time in the post-pandemic professional world, it discusses the impact of both on the student’s views on the industry, academia, and their own place within both.

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