Sign by Design: The Semiotics of Lighting Design as Illustrated Through the Lighting of Tent Theatre, 1996

Date of Graduation

Summer 1997


Master of Arts


Theatre and Dance

Committee Chair

Robert Bradley


This study develops a series of semiotic principles of lighting design by surveying the field of theatre semiotics and extracting principles useful to lighting design. These principles are tested through the lighting design of Tent Theatre 1996. To illustrate better the semiotics of its lighting design, the author examines Tent Theatre as a semiotic, mechanical, and theatrical structure. He analyzes the production texts used in Tent 1996 for form and content, style, theme, storylines, and characterization. Finally, the author examines specific elements from the lighting design as the result of design semiology and the product of collaboration.

Subject Categories

Theatre and Performance Studies


© Cristopher C. Dopher


Open Access