Jon Rice

Date of Award


Document Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

Directing, M.F.A.


Performing and Fine Arts

First Advisor

Mead K. Hunter

LC Subjects

Performing art--Production and direction; College and school drama


The legend of a man who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for forbidden knowledge has enticed people throughout history. The reach of this myth extends across many cultures as it has been reinvented to reflect the values and fears of the societies that iterate upon it. In the pages that follow, I will share with you how I approached Christopher Marlowe’s masterpiece, Doctor Faustus, as a way to grapple with the issues of identity and the relationship to a higher power. On the way to doing that, allow me to share with you some of the background of Marlowe’s work and why I was attracted to it. I will also share my own personal struggles with the material and how I came to a deeper understanding of both the dual nature of the play, and the craft of directing as a whole.


Copyright for this work is retained by the author.

THTR 599 - Thesis