Ethics in structural design and mechanical design for live entertainment scenery

dc.contributor.advisorDawson, Kathryn
dc.contributor.advisorCloyes, Rusty
dc.contributor.advisorDawson, Kathryn M.
dc.contributor.advisorCloyes, Rusty
dc.creatorVieira, David Vincenten
dc.date.accessioned2014-10-21T19:55:53Zen
dc.date.issued2014-05en
dc.date.submittedMay 2014en
dc.date.updated2014-10-21T19:55:53Zen
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractScenic construction requires a strong understanding of a range of principles related to construction including: materials strength properties, mechanical components, electrical motor systems, fluid power systems, and finishing techniques. A manager of scenic construction, or a Technical Director (TD), is required to take artistic designs and ideas and create magical elements on stage that are safe for performers, installers, operators, and audiences. In order to create these onstage spectacles, a great deal of planning, engineering, and careful fabrication must take place. There are several ways for a Technical Director to gain the knowledge required to effectively work at any level of entertainment production. This mixed-methods research study asks: what are the ethical standards that guide how a TD’s work is completed? The thesis begins with a review of the job of the Technical Director in Live Entertainment and data from a survey conducted of professionals in scenic technology. Results from the survey were analyzed to provide both quantitative data, in the form of statistics, and qualitative response data. Additional discussion addresses a sample of the resources for structural design support available currently to the field, as well as challenges that some professionals confront in their typical practice. The thesis concludes a review of literature around engineering ethics and liability in engineering practice and recommendations for the incorporation of new ethical standards in live entertainment scenic production.en
dc.description.departmentTheatre and Danceen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/26824en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectEthicsen
dc.subjectStructural designen
dc.subjectMechanical designen
dc.subjectSceneryen
dc.subjectSetsen
dc.subjectTechnical directoren
dc.subjectTheatre productionen
dc.subjectDesignen
dc.subjectLive entertainmenten
dc.subjectMixed-methods researchen
dc.subjectScenery technologyen
dc.subjectStagecraften
dc.subjectTechnical theatreen
dc.subjectTheatre standardsen
dc.subjectStandardsen
dc.subjectLiabilityen
dc.subjectTechnical managementen
dc.titleEthics in structural design and mechanical design for live entertainment sceneryen
dc.typeThesisen
thesis.degree.departmentTheatre and Danceen
thesis.degree.disciplineTheatreen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Fine Artsen

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