Composing and Collaborating: Navigating the Artistic Relationship

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Campbell, Alicia Kathryn
Area of Honors:
Interdisciplinary in Theatre and Music
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Jonathan Gangi, Thesis Supervisor
  • Annie McGregor, Honors Advisor
  • Mark Ballora, Honors Advisor
  • theatre
  • music
  • musical theatre
  • music composition
  • songwriting
  • playwriting
  • arts entrepreneurship
  • musical
  • writing
  • theater
My thesis explores the development of a new Theatre for Young Audiences musical – from concept to performance. I wrote the music and lyrics, contributed to the development of the script over ten drafts, engaged with the rehearsal process for the premiere of the show at Gretna Theatre, and facilitated the studio recordings of the music. Through working on Say Cheese, Mr. Dinosaur, I deeply engaged in my creative process and negotiated artistic relationships in an effort to create a high quality, engaging experience for the audience. However, the process did not end with the show’s first production. The feasibility study explores how this project fits into the larger context of my career in the professional market.