Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

In the Fall of 2020, Pace University's School of Performing Arts allowed the senior design class into the Schaeberle Studio Theater, under proper COVID safe guidelines, to design a distilled version of a show they had studied in their advanced design class. This is a distilled version of August Wilson's play, created in a 10' by 10' square, entirely designed and directed by students. Below are the images produced from the project along with the process work from the lighting designer.


Director: Thomas Whipple

Lighting Designer: Olivia deBree

Scenic Designer: Thomas Whipple

Costume Designer: Jupiter Girard

Sound Designer: Olivia deBree

Photographers: Daniel Rader

Visual Research and Lighting Keys
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