KENDALL GREGORY



Fly by Night, 2021. Mixed media set design.
Cardigan, 2020. Cut paper, gouache. 6 × 8 in.
Genzillenial Installation, 2020. Mixed media installation.

Within the structure of musical theater, there exists a harmony of moving pieces. Color, sound, movement, architecture, perspective, and physicality of form combine to create transcendent moments within a constructed reality. To properly experience this construction, the audience must suspend disbelief and become immersed in the narrative. This experience is deeply rooted in design: design of space, design of narrative, design of movement, tied together through co-creation and collaboration. Thus, musical theater and design inform each other.

This thesis aims to break down the pieces of these constructed realities, diving into those harmonious moments in musicals that make our hearts soar—and dissecting them through a visual and design-based lens to understand them more thoroughly. I will experiment with and examine the process behind building a transdisciplinary composition, a living medium that can only be achieved through collecting experiences—visual, performative, auditory, and architectural—and placing them together in cohesion and harmony.