Senior Capstone Experience

Starting in their junior year, Theatre majors propose and complete a rigorous, immersive SCE project through which they deepen their knowledge and experience within a single theatrical discipline.

The Theatre SCE

A student may complete the Theatre SCE in one of several ways:

  • a traditional research thesis in the areas of theatrical criticism, theory, or history;
  • a playwriting thesis in which the student writes, workshops, and produces a rehearsed reading of a full-length play;
  • a production thesis in which the student serves as dramaturg, stage manager, designer, performer, or director of a departmental production.

Students may also propose alternative projects not listed above, to be developed and approved in collaboration with the faculty.

Students are strongly encouraged to collaborate on their SCEs, either by folding multiple SCEs into a single student-produced show (with all SCE students equitably sharing the duties and title of “producer”) or by completing the SCE as part of a faculty-directed production.



Theatre SCE Proposal Process


Before Fall BreakFaculty Chats

Meet 1-on-1 with each Theatre faculty member to discuss which SCE type(s) most interest you.


After Fall BreakFind Plays & Collaborators

Read potential play scripts (with guidance from the faculty). Start talking with your classmates about potential collaborations.


Before ThanksgivingSubmit Scripts

Send your proposed script(s) to the faculty, so they can read them before you pitch.


Fall Reading DaySCE Pitches

Submit your proposal form and present your intended project to your classmates & the faculty.