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Setting the stage

UVM student Jesse Cannon designing and building the set for the UVM theater production Stupid F*#king Bird
Photograph by Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist '09


Setting the stage

Senior Jesse Cannon undertook the entire set design of this fall’s production of Stupid F*#king Bird as her thesis project, a capstone on three years of experience in set work at UVM. A double major in theater and engineering, Cannon is drawn to hands-on work. She is pictured painting the set's kitchen counters to look like butcher block, carrying out the final details of a vision that began in the spring. She's seen the set through concept to execution, all while working collaboratively with others and within a budget. Comparing this project to a traditional thesis, she says, "I love the fact that it is so public so I can get more feedback than just a professor or board; there's an entire audience of people."  

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