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THEA 1702

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Credit Hours 1
Course Title Technical Theatre Practicum
Prerequisite(s) None Specified
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course offers students practical work on theatre productions (full length plays or musicals produced as part of the fine arts season) in the areas of technical production including: stage management, lighting, sound, backstage crew, costuming, props, and makeup/wigs/hair. Course may be taken only once per production.

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 on a full-length play or musical for the theatre department. Student will satisfactorily complete required responsibilities in Technical Theatre Practicum at a basic proficiency level that will serve the student well toward his/her future work in that area(s) of Technical theatre production.
  2. Understand basic professional Technical 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. 1. This course ensures students will be able to “communicate effectively through speaking, listening, reading, and writing” by requiring them to:
    1. Speak back/on stage to present effective communication with other students faculty and designers involved with the production.
    2. Speak off stage thoughtfully to critique peers’ work.
    3. Listen off stage to director and designer notes to improve his/her performance backstage.
    4. Listen off stage to understand director’s teaching and assignments, as well as effectively to evaluate any other technical theatre practitioner’s work.
    5. Read to analyze and comprehend dramatic texts, cues and notes.
    6. 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:
    1. collaborate with technical partners (if applicable to their area) and/or other student theatre artists to solve technical problems in rehearsal.
    2. 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:
    1. 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:
    1. base their Technical 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:
    1. 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:
    1. 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 preparation guidance for those working in the Technical Theatre Practicum area by working on a full-scale production of a play or musical.
  2. Theatre Production preparation guidance for those working in the Technical Theatre Practicum areas of stage management, lighting, sound, backstage crew, costuming, props, and makeup (performers and house management must take different practicum as they are not included in 1702).
  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.
  6. Learning punctuality and focus in being on time for every scheduled rehearsal and performance.
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, backstage or house management 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. Faculty will show that each student will show his/her ability to understand and demonstrate their area of Technical theatre production proficiency by having their Technical Theatre Practicum work (as evident in the final product of the theatre production) recorded, if legal by copyright standards. This recording 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:
    Recordings 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 recordings,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 recording. 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 Technical 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: Sep. 07, 2011
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