THE 135 : Stagecraft (Fall)

This is a hands-on course designed to give students a practical and theoretical understanding of the tools and techniques used in the technical building of a stage production. Students gain experience by working backstage on crews concerned with set construction: basic carpentry, electric, painting, lighting, sound, costume, props, and stage management. Students learn to use Vectorworks, a basic computer drafting program used in scenic design. Students are required to work on tech crews for both the Studio Theatre and Main Stage productions, two shows per semester. Students spend 10 to 15 hours a week working backstage. Students also attend a one-hour weekly seminar to learn practical skills. The course may be taken again as Stagecraft (Spring). One lecture hour and 10 to 15 hours per week working backstage. Fall
  1. Demonstrate understanding of safety procedures and backstage protocol.
  2. Participate in two productions as backstage production crews.
  3. Maintain a regular, complete portfolio/journal detailing skills learned in each production.
  4. Demonstrate ability to work on crews, perform basic construction, mounting, costume craft, and running crew skills to support theatrical performance.
  5. Show ability to use Vectorworks, a basic computer drafting program that can be applied to theater sets.
  6. Using the internet, students will identify theater sets and how they were constructed based on plans created by software.





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