Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Fall 2013

Document Type



Theatre & Dance

First Advisor

Emily K. Harrison


Learning and mastering an art form does not come easy. It means involvement. It means getting your hands dirty. It means, “don’t ask questions, just do it.” It means risk—risk of failure, risk of embarrassment, risk of dropping all other life ambitions to pursue just this one (because, for some reason, you must). It means time, effort, and vulnerability. Over the course of the last several months, I have had the opportunity to learn how to write and direct an original one-act play. My work culminated in a finished script and a live production of my play The Goodbye Party (both of which I have submitted documents of along with this reflection paper). Though by no means have I mastered (or even come close to mastering) the art form, I have gained valuable experience that I intend to apply to my future work in theatre. In the following paper I will outline and give documentation of my process, as well as describe my goals and learning points.