The Graduation with Distinction program in theater studies recognizes students who demonstrate excellence through the successful completion of a project in writing, directing, design, acting, literature, history, or theory. All projects have a research component and a substantial written portion. Many projects, such as these, also have a production component.
Wesley Caretto has written an original script investigating his fascination with the life of Jean Pierre Blanchard, the French inventor who manned the first balloon flight across the English channel in 1785 and later deployed the first successful use of the parachute. After working with...
Senior Samantha Meyers spent last semester working with Duke playwright Neal Bell to create her original script. This semester, Samantha is working with faculty director Jody McAuliffe to get the script on its feet for the first time. She is casting the show with students from the senior...
Senior distinction candidate Rory Eggleston has worked with project advisor Jody McAuliffe to create an original adaptation of Rick Yancey's horror novel The Curse of the Wendigo.
Adapted from Davida Wills Hurwin's novel A Time For Dancing by by Kelly McCrum for her Senior Distinction Project, the play is told through movement as much as dialogue, and follows two high school seniors trying to finish their final year and pull off a showcase that could send their...
Ludwig Wittgenstein, the most influential philosopher of the 20th century, relentlessly endeavored to solve ALL the problems of philosophy by cultivating a fresh understanding of language.
The Man Who by Peter Brook is the senior distinction project of Sam Kebede. The work was inspired by "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat," Oliver Sacks's best-selling collection of case histories about the neurologically impaired.