Credit Hours: 3 semester hours
Note: Required course for minors
This is an introductory/comprehensive survey course, which includes a general study of theatre practices, and conventions as they are related to theatrical production — The Stage, The Scene Shop, The Materials and Equipment and The Construction. The building/construction elements of theatrical production for properties, and scenery will also include Theatre safety, standard scenery techniques and practices, props, paint, rigging, lighting and sound.
Goals and Objectives
This course is intended to develop basic skills in Stagecraft through-
Basic knowledge of the processes and tools of drafting for the Theatre
Practical drawing and drafting techniques
Recognize and understand technical terms and symbols
Understand and practice safety in the theatre
Proper tool use and safety
Common theatre scenery construction techniques (scenery construction, stage rigging, properties, scenic painting)
Identification and proper use of construction materials, stage hardware, etc.
Successful completion of numerous theatre technical activities and class projects
Expected learner outcomes:
The student will be able use all the basic tools in a proficient manner.
The student will be able to define and identify all tools and materials associated with the theatre.
The student will be able to understand/facilitate /and ensure safety practices throughout all theatre performance and work spaces.
The student will be able to read/create/build from simple construction drawings
The student will become knowledgeable of all aspects of the workings of the Theatre
Book: The Backstage Handbook: An Illustrated Almanac of Technical Information by Paul Carter and George Chiang
Architectural scare rule (provide, but not to keep)
Drawing/drafting pencils q Erasers
Sketch pad at least 11x14-larger is recommended
Colored pencils, water colors, gauche, markers-at least one rendering medium