Senior Capstone Project--Directing


Create a proposal in conjunction with your faculty advisor for submission to the department committee by mid-semester the semester before you plan to execute your Senior Project. Your proposal must include:

  • Title of work and author.
  • A brief statement on why this project should be your capstone project, including a brief synopsis of the play.
  • A preliminary director’s concept for the production which includes:
    • Why have I chosen this play?
    • What do I hope to communicate through this production?
  • Casting & technical requirements.
  • Project deadlines. (Consult the Department Production Calendar)
  • An up-to-date resume.
  • Current GPA.
  • The proposal should be 1-2 pages, plus resume. Students are encouraged to propose directing on campus. Other venues will be considered, but as in all senior projects are subject to faculty approval.

Production Requirements

Upon approval of the Senior Project, the student is expected to fulfill all standard production requirements as expected of any director including:

  • Work with the faculty advisor on a regularly scheduled basis.
  • Conduct open auditions.
  • Cast the production.
  • Participate in all production meetings with technical team.
  • Assist with all publicity for the production.
  • Rehearse the production.
  • Supervise all performances.
  • Participate in strike.

Directing Portfolio Requirements

Following completion of the production, submit a completed portfolio package to the faculty advisor. This package will include:

  • Original proposal.
  • Closing statement of process, including revisions to concept, self-assessment and other materials required by the advisor.
  • Professional quality prompt book.
  • Supporting Materials (*See complete list below)
    • Play analysis.
    • A section on research.
    • A section on characters
    • A section on the production, including:
      • groundplan for each setting
      • rehearsal schedule
      • other, as required by the advisor
  • Your directing journal.
  • Production photos.
  • All materials will be portfolio quality and will not be returned.


After the advisor has approved the director’s portfolio, the student director will formally present his/her portfolio to the department committee. The committee will confer with the advisor and a grade will be assigned. Your advisor will communicate the grade as soon as possible.

Directing Project Supporting Materials List

Your advisor may require any or all of the following, or other items, as needed:

  • Section on the Playwright.
    • Biographical information, annotated list of other plays written by the playwright, statements made by the playwright about his or her work, critical reviews of the playwright’s work, influences on the playwright and his or her work, analysis of the project play in comparison to other plays by this playwright.
  • Section for Play Analysis
    • Define the genre, using examples from the play to support your statement;
    • Supply a statement of concept for this production;
    • Describe the structure of the play (crisis plot, episodic structure, postmodern structure, etc.)
    • Discuss the play’s strengths and weaknesses;
    • Chart the scene by scene forward movement of the play
    • Define and describe the rhythm, tone, pace of the play
  • Section for Characters
    • Discuss each character in terms of psychology, using acting terminology (super-objective, spine, etc), if appropriate.
    • Discuss the function of each character, in terms of dramaturgy, including what the audience’s response to the character should be.
    • Discuss the scene by scene actions of the characters as they relate to moving the plot forward, or to expanding on themes.
  • Section for Production
    • Ground plan for each setting.
    • Rehearsal schedule
    • Production meeting notes
    • Annotated script copy
    • Lists and descriptions of properties, sound, light and scenery needs, costume and makeup plans, with a brief narration describing what your goals as director are for each production element.
    • Copies of correspondence regarding copyright and production permission, records of expenses.
    • Journal
    • Your personal record of each meeting, rehearsal, and study session for this production.
    • Copies of reviews, responses
  • Other items might be included according to requirements of the advisor or needs of the production.