Bigness, Deborah 2002-06-10

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This interview features Deborah Bigness as she discusses her background in theater and the arts in Lubbock, Texas. Bigness starts of the interview by describing when her family moved to Lubbock and being a Lubbock native. She then moves on to explain why she got a job at 911 dispatch and getting promoted to the supervisor of the communications division before leaving to get a master’s degree in museum science. Bigness then recounts her years in the theater department at tech and why she thinks so many successful artists come from Texas Tech and the South Plains. She then ends the interview by describing her time working with the Lubbock Arts Alliance.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Deborah Bigness

Additional Parties Recorded:

Date: June 10, 2002

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Leslie Dutton

Length: 02:51:58 (2 hours 51 minutes)


Introduction and background information; Supervising the communications division; getting her master’s degree; working at the National Ranching Heritage Center; Dangers in theater and her high school theater productions; Her mother participating in a play and her parents’ love for each other; Attending Texas Tech University; The influences of her college professors and working for the theater; Dr. Schwartz’s teaching and directing style, and the camaraderie of the theater department; Texas Tech’s successful pool of people dedicated to the arts; How the plains contribute to are and how the plains change and can be seen as a canvas; Knowing artists like Terry Allen; Working for the Arts Alliance; Keeping herself motivated and her most exciting project with the Arts Alliance; What she misses the most about the Arts Alliance

Access Information

Original Recording Format: mini-disc and audio cassette

Recording Format Notes: access copy available in reading room

Transcript: transcript available on dspace <>

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