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The school-year portion of the curriculum includes play reading and analysis, theoretical designs, research and curriculum projects, and practical implementation and documentation of applied design and production projects executed in your own school. The intent is for you to apply your summer learning to school-year projects that relate directly to your job.

Applied design and technology projects and analysis papers relate to the area of emphasis for the year: presentational, representational, or musical theatre. Each year you choose from a list of plays for reading assignments and to produce at your school for applied projects.

What our students say:
  • "The assignments throughout the school year are tailored to fit within our job and exist to push you to try new things, making your own school program stronger."

  • "The school-year assignments were helpful as I use almost everything I have developed and/or have learned as a result."

Over the course of the three-year program you will complete the following assignments:

Before arriving for the first summer intensive

  • Play analysis, beat analysis, and theoretical design packet for assigned play
  • Literary analysis papers on two plays from list
  • Read the four plays we will attend during the summer
  • Read plays for curriculum (Titles TBA)

During the first summer intensive

  • Production analysis papers on three of the four productions we attend

After the first summer

  • Any necessary reworking of play analysis, beat analysis, and theoretical design packet for assigned play

In your school during the school year between the first and second summer

  • Applied Technology project
  • Research project
  • Applied Design project (scenic or costume)
  • Curriculum project
  • Directorial play analysis, beat analysis, and theoretical design packet for assigned play
  • Peer review of directorial analysis
  • Literary analysis papers on two plays from list
  • Read the four plays we will attend during the summer
  • Read plays for curriculum (Titles TBA)

During the second summer intensive

  • Production analysis papers on three of the four productions we attend
  • Presentation on research, curriculum, applied design, or applied technology project

After the second summer

  • Any necessary reworking of play analysis, beat analysis, and theoretical design packet for assigned play

In your school during the school year between the second and third summer

  • Production Implementation project
  • Research project
  • Applied Design project (lighting or sound)
  • Play analysis, beat analysis, and theoretical design packet for assigned play
  • Peer review of directorial analysis and theoretical design statements
  • Literary analysis papers on two plays from list
  • Read the four plays we will attend during the summer
  • Read plays for curriculum (Titles TBA)

During the third summer intensive

  • Production analysis papers on three of the four productions we attend
  • Presentation on research, applied design, or production implementation project

After the third summer

  • Any necessary reworking of play analysis, beat analysis, and theoretical design packet for assigned play
  • Thesis Project
Project Descriptions
  • Directorial analysis papers and theoretical designs - for all areas of design (scenic, costume, lighting, sound) of assigned plays, one before each summer session. The process will include peer review during the second and third years. Theoretical designs include design statements and research, scenic models, renderings, and ground plans; lighting plots and magic sheets; costume plots and character sketches; and sound cue sheets, incidental music, and character themes.
  • Applied design projects - choose from the list of plays to produce at your school during the academic year; fulfill and document a design role (scenic or costume the first year, lights or sound the second year).
  • Research projects - we're looking for documentation on best practices and pedagogy. Projects could include research into new projects and/or new technologies that directly impact the particular needs of your school. Abstracts will be combined into a resource book for participants.
  • Curriculum project - you will develop four weeks (one to four units) of lesson plans that cover safety, design, technology, and/or theatre production within your existing program.
  • Applied technology project - choose a play to produce at your school during the academic year; fulfill and document a tech role (costume construction, wardrobe, wigs, and makeup; set and properties construction, painting, and rigging; lighting hook-ups, plots, and rigging; or sound recording, editing, mixing, and live amplification).
  • Production implementation project - choose a play you will produce at your school during the academic year; fulfill and document a production implementation management role (production manager, stage manager, technical director, properties master, costume shop supervisor, master electrician, or sound engineer).
  • Presentations - in your second and third summer you will present either your research, curriculum, applied design, applied technology, or production implementation project.
  • Thesis project -curriculum culmination consisting of a portfolio reflecting best work samples, a detailed self evaluation paper, and an oral defense of these documents.

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