This course unites writers, apprentice directors, actors and stage designers/technicians for the purpose of developing new play scripts for production. Students will work as ensembles, in their own disciplines, and in cross-discipline roles, to simulate the operation of a small theatre company. In addition to learning how to work on a new script, students will learn other skills that make productions possible, such as leadership, teamwork, stage management, grant writing, fund raising, and house management. Mentors in various specialties will augment the instruction delivered by the primary instructor.
- The Cold Reading
- The Role of the Dramaturge
- The Staged Reading
- Pre-production Text Analysis
- Casting Issues
- Rehearsal Tools and Techniques
- Building a Collective Vision
- Building a Committed Team
- Understanding Roles
- Interpersonal communication
- The Actor’s Role in Creating New Characters
- Workshop Protocol.
- Advanced Practice in Working as an Ensemble
Designing a Production
- Approaching a new script.
- Visual storytelling
- Creative Process for Design Elements
- Organizational Skills
- Aspects of Production Management
The Business of Production
- Grant writing
- Fund raising through private sources
- Advertising and Promotion
- Legal issues
Front of House
- Box office, ticket sales
Methods of Instruction
Lecture: 3 hours per week
Workshop/studio: 12 hours per week
Means of Assessment
|Weekly research assignments on topics such as dramaturgy, directing, design, budgeting and promotion
|Written assessments of scripts at the cold reading and staged reading phases
|Final projects (including final written analysis of the various aspects of production
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:
- be able to discuss new scripts in an informed and constructive manner;
- (the student writer will) recognize contributions from other members of the artistic team and be able to move scripts forward by rewriting;
- (the student designers will) be able to create an elementary design for a new play;
- be able to work together in multiple capacities as a collective with a common goal;
- understand the artistic, financial and administrative aspects of developing and producing a new play; and
- be able to mount a festival consisting of new plays.
Diploma in Theatre or Stagecraft, or Associate of Arts Degree in Creative Writing, or equivalent education and/or experience. Student acceptance determined by the Performing Arts Coordinator.
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Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system.
A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.
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