Within the context of THTR/DANC 4040 Performance Studio, student develop an idea for a final performance project to be presented in the following spring semester. During this time, students can discuss ideas and plans for their project as well as the option for pursuing honors in the following semester. Students are advised to make a final determination to pursue honors by the end of this month and should identify a faculty supervisor in Theater and Dance who will guide the written thesis and production work in the spring.
By early October, the candidate should have completed a thesis prospectus of approximately three to four pages, with a preliminary bibliography of sources, artists, works, and performances essential to the project. In the first weeks of October, the candidate should revise and polish this prospectus with their advisor. The prospectus must be emailed to the coordinator for printing and distribution to all Theater and Dance faculty by the stated deadline. In mid-October, Theater and Dance faculty will meet with all honors candidates in a meeting with representatives from the department's technical staff. (Faculty will have read the candidates' prospectuses prior to the colloquium). During the colloquium, faculty will ask questions of each candidate in regard to their prospectus and offer suggestions, if needed, for improving or sharpening their approach to the subject. After the colloquium, each candidate will meet with their advisor to discuss faculty suggestions.
During the registration period, the candidate must register for THTR/DANC 4050. A detailed proposal for the spring performance project and an outline for the written honors thesis must be submitted to the student's advisor by the end of the month, as noted in the honors deadlines.
Before the winter break, the candidate should meet with their advisor to schedule deadlines for the first half of the coming spring semester. Candidates are expected to write a significant portion of the thesis over the course of the winter break.
The candidate must email a draft of their thesis to date to their advisor in the first week of the spring semester, according to the schedule the student and advisor have agreed upon.
Candidates meet regularly throughout the month to review progress on the thesis. A rough draft
of the written thesis is due to the advisor before spring break. Advisors will respond with comments and feedback by the time classes resume. Students may wish to continue work on either the project or written work during this time.
March and April:
After the spring break, the candidate has approximately four weeks across the months of March and April to prepare a final polished draft of the entire project, fully revised based on the most recent feedback from their advisor and readers.
A committee of Theater and Dance department faculty (the advisor, readers, and an additional fourth reader chosen by the department chair) will read and evaluate the final draft of the entire project. The candidate will meet with the committee in early May to discuss their project as a whole. After this meeting, the candidate will receive a summary of the evaluation from their advisor. The candidate's advisor will assign the final grade for the honors project in collaboration with the two additional readers. The student must submit an Honors Approval and Acceptance Form, signed by their advisor, to the Bowdoin library with a copy of their thesis formatted to the library's specifications. Note that the Theater and Dance department does not pay for binding honors theses. Note also that the Theater and Dance department awards only one level of honors.