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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:
(A280) Studio Theatre, A200 (Acting Studio) , A207 (Directing Studio) , A052 (Voice Studio) , A060  (Acting for the Camera Studio)

Each space has unique abilities. Check the Independent Project Application 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 application form and return it, with the appropriate signatures, to Prof McGibbon's mailbox by the due date. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
5. Applications are due for fall 2014 on Friday, August 29th, 10:00am.

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.

Studio Theatre Guidelines

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.


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.

Questions or Comments


Please address any questions to the 2014-15 Independent Projects Committee:
Prof Paul Brunner
Prof Selene Carter
Prof Allen Hahn
Prof Murray McGibbon (Chair)
Mr Thomas Quintas

 

Revised 8/25/14