Date of Award

Spring 5-18-2013

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Film, Theatre & Communication Arts


Film, Theatre, and Communication Arts

Major Professor

Tony French

Second Advisor

Kevin Griffith

Third Advisor

John McGowen- Hartman

Fourth Advisor

Diane Baas


This thesis is an exploratory look at the process for designing the costumes for Neil Simon’s The Good Doctor. This production was produced at the University of New Orleans as part of its 2012-2013 season.

Within this thesis we explore the multifaceted journey of the costume design process. As a designer, it is one’s job to use both historical and textual analysis in order to create a design that supports the thematic structure of the play. The following journey begins with initial research on the complex relationship between Neil Simon and his subject Anton Chekhov. It continues to include individual character concepts, as well as a re-telling of the production process. Finally, it concludes with an analysis of the validity of the design as a whole.

Costume Design, Neil Simon, Anton Chekhov, The Good Doctor


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