Independent Projects

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. Where possible, spaces are allocated according to production demands, but they cannot be guaranteed.

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 project for production
  2. Find a faculty advisor
  3. Read the Independent Project Guidelines together with your advisor
  4. Complete the Independent Project Application Form, with the appropriate authorization. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  5. New for 2019-2020: You may apply for BOTH Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 dates at this time. There will be ANOTHER opportunity to apply for a Spring 2020 date in the fall. Applications for remaining spaces in Spring 2020 are due November 22, 2019 at 5pm. NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. 
  6. Please submit your application to Elizabeth Shea, Chair, Independent Project Committee at:  eshea@indiana.edu

Copyright laws and publicity for Independent Workshops

With the exception of the Ruth N. Halls and Wells-Metz season productions, the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance 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, Drama, and Contemporary Dance 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. 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, who agrees to all the conditions required of an Independent Project.

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 the 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 and one performance.

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.

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 + 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. Neither may the lighting rig be altered in any way.

  • 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 – the Department Technical Director 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
  4. Faculty

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 5 p.m. 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 6 p.m. on the Sunday prior to performance. The performance space is to be vacated no later than 5 p.m. on the Sunday.

Oversight of space

The studio theatre manager provides basic training for the use of the Studio Theatre.

University Players 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. Where possible, the Studio Theatre will not be used for regularly scheduled classes, other than on an ad-hoc basis.