Date of Award


Level of Access Assigned by Author

Campus-Only Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




Marcia Joy Douglas

Second Committee Member

Sandra Hardy

Third Committee Member

Tom Mikotowicz


In Taking Steps, Alan Ayckbourn creates a cast of characters trapped within the same house, and trapped within their own lives. He delivers a social commentary on the external demands society places on those taking the time to find a life they truly want rather than settling for a life that is readily available. This theme is as pertinent today as when it was written almost thirty years ago. In directing this play, I focused on developing Ayckbourn's theme while creating a truly entertaining piece for performers and audience alike. This thesis will begin with choice, goals and analysis, and follow the rehearsal process through performance and post-performance evaluation.