Course Description and Objectives

THEA 319 Individual Projects (independent studies) allows selected theatre majors who have demonstrated advanced work and a deep commitment to an area of theatre studies, and completed a concentration in performance, design, technology, history and criticism or dramaturgy, the opportunity to work on an advanced-level, in-depth, two-semester long exploration of their specified area under the supervision of one or more faculty mentors.


Before beginning a THEA 319 Individual Project, the student must have:

  • completed the junior year
  • taken all courses in his/her theatre concentration offered by our department (See concentration list)
  • fulfilled all practicum requirements
  • attained a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in departmental courses
  • submitted a THEA 319 Proposal by the end of his/her junior year
  • THEA 319 proposals must gain the approval of the entire department’s faculty

NOTE: Courses fulfilling the theatre major but not part of the concentration may be completed after the student begins the THEA 319

Proposal Application Procedure

Students contemplating a THEA 319 project should indicate their interest in this project to a faculty member early in their college career. Typewritten proposals to pursue THEA 319 must be submitted to the department of theatre and dance faculty by the end of the student’s junior year. This proposal should be developed under the guidance of the student’s departmental faculty advisor and should include:

  • a demonstration of the student’s knowledge of the given subject based on course work in the area of concentration
  • a clear description of the project and a timeline for its completion
  • a methodology that includes a multi-faceted approach to the subject area
  • a selective annotated bibliography of the key works in the proposed area of study
  • if necessary, a proposed budget for the project

PLEASE NOTE: As a rule, there is no department budget allocated for these studies (except in design & directing for mainstage production). However, The Cap & Dagger Dramatic Society has periodically applied for the funding of student’s THEA 319 projects in performance.

* a student desiring to submit a THEA 319 proposal must have a faculty advisor in place

Individual Project Requirements

The work process for a THEA 319 project must include:

  • regularly scheduled meetings (no less than once every two weeks) between the primary advisor and the student researcher.
  • a public presentation of the project approved by the faculty (e.g., a showcase performance, a presentation of a written work, a lecture, or design realized in a departmental production or portfolio project).
  • a written essay in which the student researcher chronicles and reflects on the entire project’s creative process from conception to realization
  • a mainstage project needs special faculty approval;
  • NOTE: Occasionally the studies within a THEA 319 project may also serve as the focus of an Honors Thesis, however, the proposal, goals and work process have distinct & separate guidelines

Approval, Evaluation and Grading

The responsibility for the approval, evaluation and grading of each THEA 319 project lies with the department of theatre and dance faculty.



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