Students will receive 1 to 1 ½ hours of lecture/demonstration followed by 2 ½ to 3 hours of shop that includes independent work and one-on-one instruction.
- The Performance Space:
- function vs. aesthetics
- sight lines
- seating plans
- the proscenium arch
- thrust and apron stage
- arena stage
- other forms
- Stage Equipment
- the counterweight system
- the pin and rail
- curtains, tabs, torms, teaser, borders
- The Scene Shop: tools and materials
- Construction Procedures:
- scenic units -two dimensional -three dimensional
- weight bearing units
- glues and adhesives
- Safety Procedures
- safe work habits
- safe working environment
- fire extinguishers and alarms
- safety switches
- Basic Engineering
- read and interpret plans
- cost estimation
- calculate construction requirements for floors, platforms, ramps, stairs under various loads
- calculate safe working loads for the counterweight system
Upon completion of the course, the successful student should be able to:
- Demonstrate safe working practices and procedures when dealing with tools, materials, and machinery common to scene construction.
- Develop and demonstrate skills in:
- construction techniques
- basic engineering
- development and interpretation of shop plans
- cost estimation
- Describe the “theatrical space” and its various forms and design.
|Drafting/construction projects x8||50%|
|Written tests x3||15%|
|Practical tests x3||35%|
A list of recommended textbooks and materials is provided on the Instructor’s Course Outline, which is available to students at the beginning of each semester.
- Gillette, Michael. Theatrical Design and Production. 3rd Ed. Toronto: Mayfield Publishing Co., 1997.
- Carter, Paul. Backstage Handbook. 3rd Ed. Shelter Island: Broadway Press, 1994
- CSA Grade 1, Green Triangle Safety Footwear.
Acceptance to Stagecraft Program or permission of the Stagecraft Program Coordinator.