Theatre has always been the basis for mass communication on a dramatic level. A study of the evolution of theatre, its history, business structures and career categories relate to many other forms of media communication. This course offers an overview of theatrical techniques and how this industry functions today. Emphasis is placed on theatrical production, its relevance to contemporary communication techniques and theatrical administration.
This course is structured as a practicum, allowing the EP student to experience the technical demands of the performance industry. Student will engage in activities such as event load-ins, construction of elements for specific events, and performance facility upgrades and maintenance. Students will be assigned other tasks commensurate with their growing levels of experience. Each EP student will be required to take this course for six (6) of their total semesters in the degree program, logging in 30 hours per semester.
This course teaches the basics of entertainment worksite safety and core craft skills. From basic shop math and construction drawings to power tools and communication skills, students explore the fundamentals of working in a scenic shop. Stage safety areas cover discussions of pyrotechnics, lasers, and rigging. Valuable industry training comes in the form of an OSHA 10 hour card and basic scissor lift training.
Students work onstage and in the classroom to learn the basics of lighting. This includes working with lighting instruments, lighting board, safety, basic lighting techniques, and lighting paperwork. An additional classroom component will include a look at the history of lighting, electricity and color theory. This class will cover traditional theatre as well as larger concert type venues.
In this course, students have the opportunity to develop basic performance techniques and gain personal confidence in acquiring and applying acting skills. The class work is comprised of dramatic scene work using a structured acting technique that assists the performer in analyzing and performing dramatic material. Projects include monologues and small cast scenes from contemporary and classical playwrights.
This course introduces the concepts and practices of sound engineering. Students will apply knowledge obtained through the course to set up sound reinforcement for a variety of live events. This course will include the concepts of gain structure, practical microphone placement, general use of equalization and mixing techniques for live sound applications. Students will also learn and develop trouble-shooting skills.
Students will learn the techniques for developing designs through the use of software such as Vectorworks. Design students and technicians will learn the basics of CAD drafting as well as organization and layout. The class will also address three-dimensional visualization in Vectorworks.
The objective of this class will be to teach the student a systematic approach to painting theatrical scenery. The class will cover traditional scene painting techniques and the tools and paints that have been developed to support those techniques.
This course will examine theatre’s beginnings to the present day. Rather than presenting students with a mere catalog of historical facts, the class traces the themes of theatre through the different time periods and explores the various mediums through which this art form has been presented. This will create the opportunity to see how the theatre has developed through different cultures and technologies.
As a continuation of Acting I, this course will focus on the skill sets of performing in musical theatre. Course curriculum will introduce the student to the "triple-threat" concept of today's entertainment performer. Students will receive introductory training in voice, dance, and acting techniques, which will be used to rehearse and perform a small musical theatre event in the Gracie Black Box Theatre.
This course is an introduction to Stage Management techniques and organizational management structures. It will examine the different responsibilities and challenges encountered by a stage manager during commercial, community or educational theatre applications. The course will contain both lecture and hands on training using specific industry tasks and professional criteria. The student will come to appreciate that a stage manager must possess a wide range of artistic, technical, managerial, and communication abilities while fostering a creative work environment that is conducive to a production's ultimate success.
Students will learn the basic artistic concepts that are used in entertainment design. They will explore the fundamental principles of design, which will include exercises in drawing, watercolor painting, and experimentation with other mediums. Many of the skills learned are common to theatre, graphic design, video production, and a wide variety of other artistic disciplines.
This course provides students with knowledge and skills needed to build a career in the management area of performing arts. The student will analyze various management skills from the perspectives of the producer and the performer. Focus will be given to for-profit and not-for-profit corporate structures and the nature of different performance venues. Class work will involve projects and lectures designed to provide the a sense of creating and managing a performance organization.
This course provides intensive script study with exercises and projects geared toward developing skills for directing. Projects will focus on blocking plans for scenes, written and oral critiques, and a final project of drafting a direction and prompt book for a short play. The course integrates all aspects of design and production.