2019-2020 Honors Cohort
Original TV Pilot - Dropouts
Primary Advisor, Terri Sarris; Secondary Advisor, Sheila Murphy
Drop Outs is TV comedy pilot exploring urban flight from the Rust Belt through two queer college drop outs trying to hack it as performance artists in their economically struggling hometown. The show seeks to blend aesthetics from prestige dramas and buddy sitcoms in order to examine the highs and lows of life as an outsider in the place you've always been.
Original Sketch Comedy - Diag Disruptions
Primary Advisor, Oliver Thornton; Secondary Advisor, Yeidy Rivero
Diag Disruptions is a digital sketch comedy show based on and inspired by campus life at the University of Michigan. The show aims to create a dialogue around the eccentricities and peculiarities that come with being at a school that sees itself as both the Harvard of the Midwest and the Alabama football of the North.
Thesis - “Being Yourself Together” Reframing Camp through the Lens of Memetic Communication
Primary Advisor, Caryl Flinn; Secondary Advisor, Sarah Murray
This thesis reframes the traditional understanding of camp, not merely to be understood as simply a list of objects, or a specific aesthetic, but rather as a postmodern memetic language system. This language system functions in a way similar to internet memes and memetic communication, building on a pre-existing social library of cultural objects like films, quotes, images, practices, and now internet memes.