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Mission Statement

From tiny acorns do mighty oaks grow.

The Acorn Project exists to nurture new growth among students and faculty of the Theater and Dance Department. It does so by providing limited and consistent resources for the development of plays and players, encouraging experimentation in playwrighting, acting, and directing. Using the Studio Theater of Waller Hall as a performance space, the Acorn Project is an incubator for new growth through cocurricular activity, including but not limited to staged readings and rehearsed performances of new plays, improvisational theater, performance of new dance choreography, and performance of time-tested scripts.

The Acorn Honors’ production, typically produced in January, is more fully mounted, and requires a more lengthy submission in the Spring semester of the previous year. Forms and guidelines for the Acorn Honors Production are available from the department office.

In addition, there is a Labor Day Weekend Project usually involving a full-length play, cast in the Spring semester with the production process beginning before the start of classes in the fall. This production has been directed by either faculty members or carefully chosen advanced level directing students.

Applications for Acorn Projects (not the honors’ production) are available on the Callboard. They must be completely filled out (including the four signatures needed) and given to the faculty member in charge of the Studio Theater for approval. (This faculty member is usually the one teaching the directing class that semester which has the primary need for Studio Theater access.) After approval, the directing faculty member will give it to the department secretary for purchase of scripts and royalties. (All company contact information, including the ISBN number and price, must be on the paper that is given to the secretary.) Copies will also be given, by the directing faculty member, to

  1. The TBTG director of production
  2. The TBTG technical director for facilities management

This should be done at least three weeks before performance, and earlier when possible.

The department has long had the policy that it does not censor content, but rather encourages approval for all projects that are complete and feasible.

  • Theater and Dance Department
  • Waller Hall, Room 104
    401 South Eleventh Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2965
  • Fax: 724-357-3885
  • Department Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.