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THEA 1701

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Credit Hours 1
Course Title Theatre Practicum
Prerequisite(s) None
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
The course offers the student practical work on productions in the areas of acting, stage management, lighting, sound, set construction, costuming, props, and makeup. One hour of Theatre Practicum may be taken each semester for four semesters.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course, the student will be able to:
1. Work in the area(s) of a theatre production, which the student satisfactorily completed in Theatre Practicum, at a basic proficiency level, that will serve the student well toward his/her future work in that area(s) of theatre production.
2. Understand basic professional theatre vocabulary.
3. Appreciate the use of constructive criticism and use it in the on-going development of their work in one of the areas of theatre production listed in the "Catalog Description" above.

General Education Outcomes
1. This course ensures students will be able to "communicate effectively through speaking, listening, reading, and writing" by requiring them to:
a. speak on stage to present effective and easily audible dramatic scenes and monologues (if the student’s area of Theatre Practicum was Acting).
b. speak off stage thoughtfully to critique peers’ work.
c. Listen on stage to scene partners to maintain specificity of performance (if the student’s area of Theatre Practicum was Acting).
d. Listen off stage to understand director’s teaching and assignments, as well as effectively to evaluate any other theatre practitioner’s work.
e. Read to analyze and comprehend dramatic texts.
f. Write in evaluating in class and/or out of class theatrical performances.
2. This course ensures students will be able to "demonstrate effective problem solving and critical thinking skills" by requiring them to:
a. collaborate with scene partners (if applicable to their area) and/or other student theatre artists to solve staging and blocking problems in rehearsal.
b. think critically in using theatre production theory to evaluate live performance.
3. This course ensures students will be able to "locate . . . information through the use of a variety of computer applications" by requiring them to:

use the Learning Resources Center computers to locate dramatic texts and research materials when necessary.
4. This course ensures students will be able to "demonstrate an understanding o the importance of the arts and literature in the human experience" by requiring them to:

base their Theatre Practicum work on the knowledge that their art functions as a mirror of human experience allowing both them and those who view them to more proficiently examine vital moral and ethical issues, thereby actively participating in the improvement of society.

5. This course ensures students will be able to "identify and apply the basic concepts of wellness" by requiring them to:

increase their physical awareness of and care for their bodies as their actors’ instruments (if applicable to their area) or as their vehicles for excellent work as theatre practitioners.

6. This course ensures students will be able to "apply the knowledge of personal, societal, and cultural development to living and working in a culturally diverse environment" by requiring them to:

observe fearlessly and respectfully, as well as embody through performance and performance support work, the broadest range of human values and beliefs.

Course Content
This course will cover the following major areas:
1. Physical and vocal preparation guidance for those working in the Theatre Practicum area of Acting.
2. Theatre Production preparation guidance for those working in the Theatre Practicum areas of stage management, lighting, sound, set construction, costuming, props, and makeup.
3. Repeated critiqued rehearsals and performances of the particular theatre production being staged that semester.
4. Guidance in accepting and using criticism to improve the process and product of a theatre production.
5. Observation and analysis of the process in staging an excellent theatre production.

Assessment of Outcome Objectives

Students will be graded on their attendance and promptness at all rehearsals, performances, and/or backstage areas. Students will also be held accountable for maintaining consistent, as directed, performances and/or backstage assistance to the production. Students will also be graded on their daily participation at rehearsals and performances.


One class/production of every faculty member will be assessed one semester out of every four years. Each student will show his/her ability to understand and demonstrate their area of theatre production proficiency by having their Theatre Practicum work (as evident in the final product of the theatre production) video taped. This video tape will be given to a committee of Fine Arts faculty appointed by the department chair for the purpose of assessment.
1. Specific plan for gathering assessment data:

Videotapes shall be turned in to the department chair immediately after the run of the semester’s theatre production. Students will be advised of the use of these tapes, their permission will be gotten in writing, and the tapes will be erased/destroyed after the assessment is complete.
2. Methods of analyzing assessment data:

During the next semester, the assessment committee shall convene for the purposes of viewing the production video. The committee’s evaluations will be sent to the department chair in memo form. The chair will then send copies to the instructor/director of the class/production.
3. Method for discussion of data analysis:
By mid semester of the semester following receipt of the committee’s evaluations, the department chair shall meet with the evaluated drama faculty to discuss consequent improvement of the Theatre Practicum course. Suggested course improvements resulting from the evaluation process shall be implemented as early as is practically possible, but no later than the following academic year.

Last Revised: Aug. 12, 2011
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