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, American; Domestic drama, American


Struggles involving power and privilege have been exposed in recent years. New examples are being publicly uncovered in newsfeeds around the world. We learn of bosses in big businesses that have lorded their authority over employees. On campuses, professors have made inappropriate remarks and touch students without consent. In the entertainment industry, once respected directors and actors use their fame and power to sexually assault and rape women. These injustices are being exposed in public, empowering private abuse in families to come to light. For years my friends feared their adopted father’s retaliation if they revealed their repeated sexual abuse at his hand. When they confided in their mother, she rejected their stories, discounting their testimonies. The matter was settled out of court, but with recent cases favoring abusers, it may not have ended well.


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THTR 599 - Thesis