Honors Program

Fine and Performing Arts Honors

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Bobby Funk, Karen Brewster

Thesis Professor Department

Theatre and Dance

Thesis Reader(s)

Bobby Funk, Karen Brewster


This thesis delves into the creative process of creating characters for the play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The characters that were created include: Mrs. Shears, Woman on Train, and Voice One. This thesis highlights the creative process through methods of research that dissect the authors, story, autism, and the actor’s experience throughout the rehearsal process. Sources such as interviews with autism consultants and family members of those with autism added useful information towards the creation of the characters. Research on the performance aspect was centered around the exploration of a character’s past through diagrams and analysis worksheets that are included later pages of this thesis. These combined aspects come together to create a unique set of characters that tell a story of autism and communication that is not typically told.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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