The Origin and Meaning of the MDI Drama Logo

he MDI Drama logo is based on the traditional images of the “comedy and tragedy” masks of the ancient Greek theater.  The masks represent Thalia, the muse of comedy, and Melpomene, the muse of tragedy, and their respective arts. 

The original design was a painting created by a now unknown student
artist in the late 1970s or early 1980s and is believed to have been a gift to late MDI Drama director Joyce Higgins (see the far left design below).  It was displayed over the theater exit closest to the front of the school building for several years. The original design consisted of black and white comedy/tragedy masks placed before a yellow representation of Mount Desert Island in a light blue background. The only remaining image of the original design is in a photo taken by former MDI Drama tech director and program alumnus Mark Smith.

The current rendering uses the same bi-color masks
set before a gold map of Mount Desert Island on a green background (utilizing the accepted primary and secondary Mount Desert Island High School colors), all surrounded by a gold ring

Versions of the MDI Drama logo:



MDI Drama Logo - embroidered

MDI Drama Logo - updated digital image 3/2012

MDI Drama Logo - updated digital image 10/2017

Older logos:

MDI Drama Logo

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