Theatre TCU’s A.D.A.P.T. Projects to foster creative exploration this fall


During the fall semester, Theatre TCU students will create original works to perform virtually through The A.D.A.P.T. Projects assignment. Some theatre majors have performed virtually over the summer, including a recent student-organized Zoom reading of The Important of Being Earnest.

Theatre TCU is going “off book” for fall 2020.

The department’s faculty members, who have been diligently planning for the upcoming semester in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, have developed The A.D.A.P.T. Projects, a reimagining of one of Theatre TCU’s fall main stage productions, which will not be performed in front of a live audience due to TCU’s public health initiative to help protect the health and well-being of the campus community.

Named and conceived by assistant professor Lydia Mackay, The A.D.A.P.T. Projects—an acronym for academics, design, application, performance and technology—will give theatre majors the opportunity to channel their talents into new works of their own creation to be shared virtually.

More than 140 theatre majors will be assigned to cohorts of four to five students across class years and theatre major emphases. Each cohort will collaborate as a collective of theatre artists to script, design, produce, perform and film an original project between five and ten minutes long.

The criteria for The A.D.A.P.T. Projects is broad and students are encouraged to explore roles beyond their major emphasis, so they can continue to build upon their skills.

“Theatre artists must remain nimble in the real world, and we hope The A.D.A.P.T. Projects will challenge our students to think creatively in new ways,” said Harry Parker, chair of the Department of Theatre. “We look forward to seeing the great work and continued growth of our students.”

Each cohort of students will have a Theatre TCU faculty advisor who will help problem-solve and provide feedback throughout the creative process as well as grade the group’s final project.

Students will be assigned to their cohorts at the fall semester casting session and announced during the first week of classes, Aug. 17-21.

Some of The A.D.A.P.T. Projects will be available to stream online at the end of the semester. For updates and information about virtual or digital College of Fine Arts events, please visit the event calendar.