Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Theatre Arts


This thesis is an exploration of my design approach to the University of North Dakota production of Hedda Gabler, presented on October 5-9, 1977. The first chapter contains a brief theatrical history of the era in which the play was written, a short biography of the playwright, an analysis of the play and a brief study of late Victorian costume.

The second chapter explores how the concepts of the director and scenic designer, coupled with the necessity of recreating a historical era, influenced my final designs.

The third chapter discusses the execution of the designs. It explores the problems I encountered trying to create historical costumes and my solutions to these problems using modern materials and methods of costume construction.

The fourth chapter contains an evaluation of the success of the costume designs. Appendices, with original costume plates and production photographs, enable a comparison of the original ideas and their final execution.