Devising and Adaptation - Capstone

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Capstone Experience:

Completion of a major DIRECTORIAL or AUTHORSHIP FUNCTION (the role of director or principal writer) for a public performance of original devised or adapted work.

  • The public performance typically takes place on campus (through the sponsorship and supervision of Theatre, Performance Studies, or a StuCo producing group). Off-campus production work used to satisfy the capstone requirement must be approved in advance by the Devising and Adaptation Module committee of instruction, because committee members must be able to attend the performance.
  • The public performance must take place no later than the end of winter quarter of the student's senior year.
  • A principal writer in devised work typically participates in early research and rehearsal sessions, at which the performers and community collaborators generate material; consolidates the material into a script; and revises the script for performance, in collaboration with the performers, during later rehearsals. More than one person (including the director) can serve as an identified principal writer for a capstone production.
  • A principal writer in adapted work typically produces a script from a work not written for the stage: a fictional work, such as a novel or short story, or a work of nonfiction, such as a memoir or historical study. During rehearsal, in collaboration with the performers and director, the writer then revises the script for performance. More than one person (including the director) can serve as an identified principal writer for a capstone production.

Completion of a PRODUCTION PORTFOLIO featuring documentation of the capstone production, to be submitted no later than the end of the fifth week of spring quarter of the student's senior year. The portfolio includes:

  • A biographical sketch.
  • A beginning curriculum vitae (featuring highlights of academic career, creative work, and professional work).
  • A narrative documentation of the development of the capstone production, from the perspective of the role performed by the student. Supporting materials may include photographic or videographic documentation, design materials, and production materials (such as copies of program and reviews).
  • A narrative reflection upon what the student has learned from the experience of completing the Devising and Adaptation Module. This should include at least the following.
    • An articulation of the similarities and differences between devising and adaptation.
    • An articulation of the place of collaboration in the creation of new performance.
    • An articulation of the dynamic relationship between new performance and the place or site in which it is performed.
    • An articulation of the role of interaction/collaboration with the audience in devised and adapted work.
    • A discussion of at least two other performances created by the student, in addition to the capstone project, that contributed significantly to the student's understanding of devising and adaptation. These may include performances created for classes.
    • A reflection upon the student's growth as a public artist during the time of participation in the Module.
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member or other professional.