Season Selection process
The University of Arkansas Department of Theatre Season Selection Process is designed to engage with all of the student-body and faculty. The Season Selection Committee will be guided by the following six principles:
- Student diversity
- Stylistic diversity
- Student needs
- Area needs
- Cultural currency
- Personal investment
We have expanded our season to continue our Subscription Series and added a Student Spotlight Series, which invites proposals from our talented graduate and undergraduate students and seeks to expand opportunity for both student populations. Before submitting, we encourage you to read further about the Six Guiding Principles, as well as the Subscription and Student Spotlight Series below.
All proposals must be made through our online form.
- Deadline for proposals are due by November 30, 2022.
We ask for your patience, as we review proposals, but aim to announce the selected titles by mid-January to mid-February, 2023.
1. Student diversity
Title selection represents the diversity of the student body, creates more expansive opportunities, and gives voice to people from diverse and under-represented backgrounds.
2. Stylistic diversity
Title selection represents a diversity of artistic styles: realism, absurdism, epic, etc.
3. Student needs
Title selection takes into consideration theatre student populations and the needs for multiple opportunities that help students build both their theatre specific skills (acting, design, playwriting, technical theatre, etc.) and foundational skills (collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking) that result in success in their chosen field and can transfer to other disciplines.
4. Area needs
Title selection takes into consideration theatre area pedagogical needs to provide necessary experiences for student growth.
5. Cultural currency
Title selection takes into consideration University student/faculty audiences, and what conversations we want to have with them to build a better world and foster campus dialogue and community.
6. Personal investment
Title selection takes into consideration artistic investment in work by lead artists.
This is a four-show series selected by the Season Selection Committee in conversation with Faculty with a more typical 6-to-8 week rehearsal process. This series will include:
- a musical
- a classical play or a contemporary classic
- a undergraduate show
- the ArkType New Works Festival
What is the Student Spotlight Series?
This is a flexible series selected by the Season Selection Committee in conversation with Students (grad/undergrad) with a studio production aesthetic in mind. The series spotlights student interests, both cultural and artistic, allowing for a greater multiplicity of voices and subjects explored. This series encourages student leadership and initiative and celebrates student engagement and agency. Student proposals ALL go to the Season Selection Committee and are selected from the same set of Six Guiding Priorities, and considers parameters based on pedagogical needs and resources of various areas indentified by the faculty.
We expect these titles will include opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate
Parameters for the Student Spotlight Series
The Student Spotlight Series will operate on a more nimble, studio aesthetic, which reflects--and prepares--students for the conditions and the realities they will encounter when they leave the University. Student Spotlight Series can expect:
- Supported rehearsal processes
- Faculty mentorship and investment as well as invited participation. For instance, if the undergrads want to work with a particular faculty member on their Spotlight Series, approach that faculty member, get them invested
- Minimal to no tech support
- Scrappy budgets
- Expectation of more student ownership and leadership as theatre makers
A call for proposals will be made in the Fall and after all proposals are gathered, the Season Selection Committee will:
- Review all proposals
- Make season recommendation to chair/vice-chair based on Six Guiding Principles for the season
- The Committee, in conversation with Chair/Vice, will apply real-world concerns and challenges (i.e. technical, budget, personnel limitations)
- The Committee will revise/refine after understood challenges and concerns and recommend the season to the whole faculty for final approval
If you have any questions, please contact the Season Selection Committee chair, John Walch, at firstname.lastname@example.org.