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Capstone Experience

  1. A Professional Portfolio which must include:
    • A playwriting resume
    • A bio
    • A beginning curriculum vitae
    • A brief synopsis and character breakdown for each portfolio play
    • A letter of recommendation
    • Optional: It may also include photos, press clips, audience feedback and programs for original work produced on campus or off.
  2. An Artistic Reflection with Professional Considerations which must include all of the following:
    • An articulation of at least three different theatrical styles, including discussion of the structure, techniques and common subject matter for those styles.
    • An historical understanding of different eras of dramatic writing as well as knowledge of which writers identify with said era.
    • An analysis of writers that most engage or enrage the student, and an explanation of why.
    • An articulation of what sort of theatre interests the student most and why.
    • A knowledge of institutions and individuals that promote new play development.
    • A knowledge of resources available to emerging playwrights.
    • A reflection of previous strengths as an artist and what they’ve gained.
    • A reflection on any production or off campus experiences that speak to the challenges of artistic collaboration.
    • Articulation of the “invisible staircase:” The invisible staircase is a series of next steps in the student’s professional and creative development. In jobs outside the arts, these steps are generally given to the individual as part of said job. Students of the arts generally have to envision those steps themselves – thus the “invisible staircase.”
      Articulating those next steps includes considering the following:

      • What skills they’ve developed/ experiences they’ve had at NU
      • A list of professional attainable goals based on said skills/experiences
      • A list of future goals (attainable in 3 years or beyond)
  3. An exit interview with members of the module committee or the advisory board.