Senior Capstone Project--Playwriting
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. The goal of a Theatre Arts Senior Project in Playwriting is the writing of a full-length play that is stage worthy. Your proposal must include:
- A description of the project to be undertaken and a statement as to how the project will build on the educational training and experiences of the student.
- A brief statement on why this project should be your capstone project.
- An outline or the time frame for completion of the project.
- An up-to-date resume.
- Current GPA. B.
Upon approval of the Senior Capstone Project, the student will be responsible for:
- Regular meetings with the faculty advisor for discussion, feedback, and progress reports.
- Compiling a Playwright’s Journal (a large, three-ring
notebook with tab dividers) including the following
- Calendar and writing schedule.
- Research on historical, philosophical, psychological, and/or cultural background and details for the play.
- Preliminary writing.
- A personal credo, a statement of the playwright’s deepest convictions, beliefs, and standards.
- A brief outline of the play.
- A brief synopsis that details the play’s conflict.
- A brief summation of the action and contents of the beginning, middle, and end of the play.
- Detailed biographies of the protagonist and antagonist.
- Descriptions of the protagonist’s and antagonist’s goals and tactics, their basic characteristics and secondary qualities, and their emotional ranges.
- A narrative that describes the exposition the audience must know.
- Descriptions of the inciting incident, the point of attack, and the climax.
- A description of the interrelationship of the play’s inciting incident, point of attack, protagonist’s goal, major dramatic question, and climax.
- A description of the setting, properties, costumes, lights, and sound.
- A record of any work with actors in improvisations on your work or rough draft readings.
- A statement of desired audience response.
- First draft of the play and subsequent preliminary drafts.
- The student will arrange with the faculty advisor for a public reading of the play at the end of the semester by actors of the playwright’s choice.
At the conclusion of the project the student will submit a copy of the finished play and Playwright's Journal to his/her advisor. After the advisor has approved the final copy, the playwright will present their play to the theatre faculty for a final evaluation of the senior project. The committee will confer with the advisor and a grade will be assigned. Your advisor will communicate the grade as soon as possible.