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Capstone Experience:

Guided by the question of what does performance do and how it can help grow vibrant communities, for their capstone experience students will engage in practical work in cultural organizations, museums, city programs, advocacy groups, or governmental institutions.

Capstone projects will primarily take one of two forms:

Option A:
A practical project such as a public engagement program, a curatorial proposal, an organizational strategy plan, a series of workshops or other pedagogical experiences that foster creative cooperation and transformational work. Following the successful execution of the project, no later than the sixth week of the student’s graduating quarter, the student will produce a professional portfolio.

The portfolio must include:

  • A professional bio of 250 words
  • An analytic/reflexive essay assessing the challenges, achievements, and possibilities brought about by the implementation of performance as a method of social/cultural intervention
  • An intellectual history tracking the student’s development throughout module coursework and experiences
  • A report on past and current cultural workers, institutions, and organizations using performance as a pedagogic, transformational tool
  • A strategic plan detailing career goals and institutions or organizations to be targeted for future work

The portfolio may include:

  • A timeline indicating different stages in the development of the project
  • Interviews or oral histories and archival documents
  • Correspondence with consultants
  • Reviews of performance events or talks that inspired the student
  • An annotated bibliography of consulted materials

Option B: 
A scholarly research project using performance as a lens and object of analysis of community transformation. This project will take the form of a capstone thesis employing a historical, ethnographical, and/or theoretical engagement with case studies. For this option, students will assemble a committee of two faculty members (including the advisor) who will evaluate the capstone (for pass/fail) in a formal defense to be conducted no later than the sixth week of the students graduating quarter.