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Independent Projects - Student Handbook

Independent Projects in the Theatre and Drama Facilities

Student Directors may request the following spaces for Independent Projects:
(A052) Voice Studio, (A060) Acting for the Camera Studio, A200 (Acting Studio) , and A207 (Directing Studio), or (A280) Studio Theatre

Each space has unique abilities. See the Available Performance Venues section below for detailed information about each venue.
There are six types of projects which will be considered. They are listed here in priority order:
1. Plays produced as first year MFA Directing projects and MFA Playwriting projects. These plays are open only to an invited audience and may not be advertised or reviewed. No admission may be charged. These projects are scheduled and approved by the Independent Project Committee in consultation with the T543 professor. These projects are eligible for the $150.00 grant.
2. Projects to fulfill the T543 class requirement. These plays are open only to an invited audience and may not be advertised or reviewed. No admission may be charged. These projects are approved and scheduled by the Independent Project Committee in consultation with the T543 professor. These projects are eligible for the $150.00 grant.
3. Class Recitals. Professors may request the use of the Studio Theatre for class recitals, showings or practical examinations.
4. Plays produced by University Players. These plays are open only to an invited audience and may not be advertised or reviewed. No admission may be charged. These projects are approved and scheduled by the Independent Project Committee in consultation with the University Players Faculty Advisor.
5. Projects presented by qualified graduate or undergraduate Theatre and Drama majors. These projects are approved and scheduled by the Independent Project Committee. These plays are open only to an invited audience and may not be advertised or reviewed. No admission may be charged. These projects are eligible for the $150.00 grant.
6. Plays directed by Faculty members. These projects are eligible for the $150.00 grant.
7. All cast members and crews involved in an Independent Project must be registered students at Indiana University, Bloomington

Dates for Independent Projects are determined at the beginning of each semester.

How to Request a Workshop Space

The following procedure is to be followed for ALL applicants:
1. Select a play
2. Find a faculty advisor
3. Read the Independent Project Guidelines
4. Complete the online application form, with the appropriate authorization. It will be automatically sent to Prof McGibbon and the rest of the committee's mailboxes for consideration. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
5. Applications are due for fall 2016 by Friday, September 2nd at 5:00 p.m.

Copyright Laws and Publicity for Independent Workshops

With the exception of the Ruth N. Halls and Wells-Metz season productions, the Department of Theatre and Drama will not pay royalties for the use of any script. The conditions under which the project production can be mounted without paying royalties are as follows:

These projects are a class exercise.

No admission can be charged.

There can be no publicity beyond the confines of the Theatre and Drama Department building. The audience must be composed of class members and invited guests. Social Media Advertising (FaceBook, Twitter, etc) is NOT permitted.

There can be no reviews or production oriented articles in any media.

The following notice must appear in all programs and internal announcements for independent productions: “This production is a class project and may not be reported on in any media”.

Taping of Performances

Copyright laws prohibit the videotaping, filming, or recording of performances. So- DO NOT record any rehearsal or performance.

Faculty Sponsor Guidelines

These guidelines represent a general framework for the expectations and responsibilities of Faculty Sponsors for Independent Projects.

All Independent Projects must have a sponsoring faculty member.

All cast members and crews involved in an Independent Project must be registered students at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Faculty Sponsors should meet with the producing individual/organization at least one time prior to submission of Independent Project Application. Topics covered in this initial meeting should include budget, rehearsal plan and performance dates and times, as well as any additional guidance deemed necessary and appropriate.

Faculty Sponsors should plan to attend a minimum of one rehearsal, preferably during the tech week process.
If a project has applied for and received the $150 Independent Project Grants, Faculty Sponsors should review and sign the expense report prior to submission for reimbursement.

Faculty sponsors should meet with producing individual/organization at the completion of the project for a post mortem evaluation of the experience.

Available Performance Venues

Due to Fire Marshall Rules, with the exception of the Studio theatre, the maximum people permitted in any classroom (ie performers and audience combined) may not exceed 49.

A052 (Voice Studio)
Medium sized room with seating for approximately 23
Fluorescent lighting that is non-dimmable
1 door
2 flats
1 wooden
1 table
1 bench frame
23 classroom chairs
3 large blocks

A060 (Acting for Camera Studio)
Small room with seating for approximately 25
Fluorescent lighting that is non-dimmable
4 flats
1 door
2 wooden chairs
1 table
2 bench frames
25 classroom chairs
3 big blocks

A200 (Acting Studio)
Large room with seating for 24
Fluorescent lighting that is non-dimmable
Curtains on tracks
Two entrances on west side of room
8 wooden chairs
4 flats
1 door
1 piano
2 circle tables
1 large circle table
1 bench
1 bed frame
15 classroom chairs
14 plastic chairs

A207 (Directing Studio)
Medium sized room with seating for 24
Fluorescent lighting that is non-dimmable and 9 area incandescent lighting design.
The lighting grid is controlled by sliders on the wall. These lights are not to be refocused.
Entrance is on south side of the room. The room does have curtains on three sides that can be slid along the track to make different entrance points in to the playing space.
3 big blocks
1 med block
1 small block
2 circle tables
2 long bench
1 door
4 flats
3 wooden chairs
20 classroom chairs

A280 Studio Theatre Details and Guidelines

An experimental theatre with a capacity ranging from 48-62 depending on the seating arrangement which will be rotated each semester, this seating configuration is determined in advance by the Independent Projects Committee and may NOT be altered.

Lighting based on the level of production
Curtains on tracks
One changing room
Public entrance is Fire Exit entrance on North East corner and South West Corner.
Piano

The Studio Theatre provides an outstanding opportunity for Departmental students, faculty and staff.  Its flexibility and theatrical capabilities are excellent and creates a space that is a valuable asset to the Department's artistic and educational mission.

Procedure for Reserving the Studio Theatre

  1. Independent Project Form (no exceptions)
  2. Personnel - who can use the lighting and sound is decided by the Independent Projects Committee
  3. Safety and equipment concerns – Paul Brunner must walk through the space (Studio Theatre) once production has loaded into the space
  4. Design and building
  5. No building in theatre area, no painting in space                
  6. Seating arrangements – committee decides - only one configuration per semester
  7. Lighting – each semester pre-set for configuration
  8. Seating – Shop crew change each semester
  9. Strike and Clean up must be thorough and completed immediately after a production

No funding for projects will be provided by the Department unless the theatre is used according to the rules and the space is left in good condition

Priority of use

  1. Graduate Students
  2. UP – UP have a priority of two productions (at least two) a semester – committee provide UP with dates – 4 a year
  3. Undergrads

 

Levels of Studio Theatre Productions

Basic –  Workshops, Lectures, Master classes etc
General lighting.  No catwalk or mesh access.

Independent Projects -  Provide own sets, props, costumes and furniture. Several lighting changes available via button controller at the theatre entrance. Access to the space is available from 6pm on the Sunday prior to performance. The performance space is to be vacated no later than 5pm on the Sunday.

MFA Projects with an approved lighting designer, University Players with an approved lighting designer and Special Events approved by the Independent Projects Committee. Upper level – Access to refocusable specials only and access to the catwalk. Access to the space is available from 6pm on the Sunday prior to performance. The performance space is to be vacated no later than 5pm on the Sunday.


Oversight of space
The Studio Theatre Manager provides basic training for the use of the Studio theatre.

UP’s production manager needs to go through training in the Studio Theatre – with Technical Director, Paul Brunner, Sound Designer, Andrew Hopson and Lighting Manager, David Krueger.


Policy for use of space for classes
Call Thom Quintas to reserve and sign out space. The Studio Theatre may NOT be used for regularly scheduled classes, only on an ad-hoc basis.


Independent Projects Regulations

Time in the Theatre

The Independent Projects Committee determines the  amount of time each project is allocated in the space.

Any infractions of the guidelines may lead to the cancellation of the Independent Project by the Committee at their sole and irrevocable discretion.


Regulations for Independent Productions
***** Rooms must be restored to classroom readiness at the end of each performance or rehearsal.

1. Failure to clean or restore your space may result in loss of $150 Budget Support and/or the revocation of future workshop applications.
2. Any scenic items brought in for workshops must be inspected for safety by a technical supervisor to be appointed by the Department Technical Director, Paul Brunner.
3. Scenic items and props may only be stored in designated facilities as approved by the Production Manager.
4. Items may not be attached to the walls or curtains in any manner.
5. Items may not be suspended from the ceiling or battens in any manner.
6. No screws or nails may be placed in the floors.
7. No fire, smoking, or firing of blanks is allowed in any venue.
8. Only electrician's tape may be used on the floors to outline areas. Masking tape is not acceptable. Any tape on the floors must be removed after the last performance.
9. There can be no recording of any published material. Recording of any type of a new work must have the written consent of the playwright.
10. There can be no advertising of these projects outside the Department of Theatre and Drama.
11. Approved independent workshops will receive a budget of $150 for the purchase of scripts and other production related items. Production Manager Thomas Quintas has the form for you to submit receipts for reimbursement of expenses.
12. All scripts must be purchased, not photocopied.
13. Nudity in productions, if not explicit in the script, must have the support and approval of your sponsor and the department chair prior to casting the show.
14. Use of departmental classroom sound equipment for your production requires consent of the Production Manager, Thomas Quintas.
15. Lights in the Studio Theatre are not to be touched without permission of the Department Lighting Manager, David Krueger. Immediately report any lamp failures to the Studio Theatre Manager.
16. If you have an approved Stage manager, Lighting Designer and Console Operator, the console and related technology in the Studio Theatre is available through the Lighting Manager. It is the responsibility of the Console Operator to properly store this equipment when not in use. No food or beverages are permitted on the catwalk or grid levels.

Access to the catwalks and grid in the Studio Theatre is not permitted without the prior approval of the Studio Theatre Manager.

All fire exits must remain unobstructed.

Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in the cancellation of your workshop.

No funding for projects will be provided unless the Studio theatre is used according to the outlined rules and the space has been struck and thoroughly cleaned.

Questions or Comments


Please address any questions to the 2016-17 Independent Projects Committee:
Prof. Paul Brunner
Prof. Selene Carter
Prof. Allen Hahn
Prof. Murray McGibbon (Chair)
Mr. Thomas Quintas

 

Revised 8/10/16