Date of Award

Fall 2022

Document Type

Open Access Thesis


Theatre and Dance

First Advisor

Jim Hunter


The following paper is meant to develop my experience as an MFA Candidate at the University of South Carolina. It was an MFA in Theatre, at the Department of Theatre and Dance, College of Arts and Sciences. I was a Scenic Design major but also studied Costume Design, Costume Construction and Patterning, Lighting Design, Vectorworks, Text Analysis, Pedagogy, etc. I was also hired as a teaching assistant, graduate assistant, working in the Theatre shop with undergraduate students, under Technical Director and Technical Director’s assistant supervision. This paper mainly explores my experience of making shows as a Scenic Designer and Scenic Artist, but also as a foreign student, English as a second language, the challenge at times of studying and making shows in another language than the native one. This paper underlines the perks but also the challenges along the way of designing shows and learning new things in the same time, studying and working in a totally new environment and setting.


© 2022, Mona Maria Damian Ulmu