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C.3.c  Procedures.  

Attention to a strict ordering of actions will assure a minimum of grief in the accomplishment of your Senior Project requirement.  Be sure to allow yourself adequate time to fulfill your creative possibilities Consider the following as a guide for the development of your project.

          Autumn Quarter           Identify and Submit your Prospectus to Faculty

          Winter Quarter             Develop Project

          Spring Quarter              Performance or Presentation


            Part One      

·         Select your focus or emphasis: acting, directing, writing, design.

·         Select your object: chose the script, write the script, design the costumes, etc.

·         Select a faculty member to serve as advisor. 

·         Select one of the allotted production dates with Professor Yanik

·         Confirm space and rehearsal availability with Professor Yanik.

 Part Two

·         Research your material and develop an expressible production concept.

·         Complete and submit the Senior Project Prospectus form and the Senior Project Projected Budget form located in the E. Forms section of this handbook to the Theatre Chair for approval by the Theatre Faculty. This form must be submitted by the first Monday in November.

·         If approved, you may enroll for credit under your advisor’s name if you so desire.  You are allowed up to three credits of TRE 4961 Special Projects, which you can spread over one to three quarters. 

NOTE: If you make the option for credit, you’ll need to fill out an Independent Studies Agreement form with your advisor.

·         Acquire scripts and pay royalty if necessary


Your pre-production should include:

1) create a multiple page document of your research discoveries and a full explication of your production concept, including study of period, concepts surrounding topic, audience goals, and personal rationale.

 2) consult with your advisor on what preparation seems most appropriate.  If your project is in acting or directing, develop a prompt book which illustrates script idea units, charac­ter analyses, blocking, rhythm, and intended line readings. 

If you choose to pursue a design project, collaborate with others impacted by your work.  If you’ve chosen to write a script, develop your scenario or outline.


3) After completing your pre-production preparation, schedule rehearsals, following standard rehearsal patterns. 

Writers may want to work over several quarters. 

Designers, complete your renderings or light plot.  Allow adequate time for the development of your work!

4) Keep a log or journal of reflections on your progress.  This should be a loose running commentary on your thoughts during the process, lessons learned, planning fulfilled, suc­cesses celebrated, and adjustments made to persons and process.  It should be personal in nature and reflect the workings of an artist’s consciousness.

5) Make sure to inform faculty and invited guests of your date well in advance. Create a poster or other announcement for the presentation or performance.

6) Develop a written program to distribute to your audience and to place in the permanent file of the department.  The program should contain the following:

□ performance information: Title, playwright, cast, crews etc.,
□ program or background notes for your audience, 
□ acknowledgements and thanks, (Including the faculty)
□ the following statement,

“This presentation is made in partial fulfillment of the B. A. degree in Theatre.”

7) Make your presentation. 

 Revel in it!  It’s good work, because it’s you and it’s well prepared.

8) Send thank-you cards to all those who have participated in your work.

9) Within a day or two following your presentation, present the following to your project advisor:

a. Your Prompt book which includes the following and contained in a standard 3-ring binder:

Contact Sheet
Rehearsal Schedule
Research notes
Script, in the following format:
     Photo copy with margin notes, mini ground plans and blocking/technical notes
     Tab divisions separating script and additional sections
     Additional papers: program, written concept statement;
     For designers include design renderings, light plots, schedules, technical notes and cue sheets (lighting and Sound)

b. Your production log or journal indicating your thoughts, successes and adjustments during the produc­tion process.

C.3.d Post Senior Project Review

Following your senior project presentation, you will be contacted to attend a post Senior Project Review session with the Theatre faculty.  Generally, these are held within a week of completion of the presentation.  The session is informal in nature and will serve as a forum for self assessment of the process of your Senior Project and will provide for faculty response and feedback.

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