|Description - |
|An introduction to the process and techniques of theatre management. Presentations and models of the business and management side of a theatre production focusing specifically on the roles of the general manager, production manager, and stage manager.|
|Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- understand the role of the general manager, production manager and stage manager within the overall scope of a theatrical production or organization
- identify the basic skills and functions of a general manager, production manager, and theatrical stage manager.
- analyze scripts for production requirements and relative costs
- develop a budget format for a theatrical production
- create a production schedule for a theatrical production
- develop a production prompt book for stage.
- develop stage management forms used in the rehearsal process and performances.
- understand the psychological role played by theatre managers in dealing with many different types of people, often from many diverse backgrounds.
|Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
- Studio facilities with access to drafting tables, rehearsal rooms, and theatres.
- Online portions of the class will require weekly student access to an internet enabled computer capable of accessing the campus course delivery system.
|Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Assess the roles and contributions of a general manager, production manager, and stage manager in preparing the production of a play for performance.(Lec)
- Identify the ways management contributes to the c=success of a theatrical performance.(Lec)
- Analyze a script to identify cues for lighting, sound, scene shifts, properties, costume changes, and blocking.(Lec)
- Review the practice and fundamentals of reading a ground plan of a set layout. (Lec)
- Study the stage management techniques used in touring companies to bridge the cultural barriers between different societal production techniques. (Lec)
|Methods of Evaluation - |
- Class participation
- In-class assignments and activities
- Class projects.
- Research presentation
- Final Exam
|Representative Text(s) - |
|Stern, Lawrence and Alice R. O'Grady, Stage Management. 10th Edition, New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc. 2013. |
|Disciplines - |
|Theatre Arts |
|Method of Instruction - |
- Cooperative learning exercises
- Oral presentations
- Independent study
- Field trips
|Lab Content - |
|Not applicable. |
|Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
The book should include:
- Create a hypothetical prompt book for a production
B.Read Ibsen's Dolls House and create the following production planning documents:
- A hypothetical floor plan showing blocking and staging notes referenced to the script, all blocking and staging,
- A prop plot for the scenes
- A costume plot for the scenes
Using Ibsen's Doll's House create a production schedule from concept through design and performance closing Attend a live theatre performance and write an analysis of the complexity of the production from the point of view of a general manager, production manager, or stage manager.Interview a professional working in a management position for a theatre company or production and present a synthesis of the challenges and successes associated with the job.
- A scene list by location and time of day, include the start and end of the scene; a brief synopsis of the action; and any special production requirements or questions.
- A form for a production contact list using the members of the class or other fictitious persons and including names, character(s) played or production job, space for contact information
- A publicity info form which will be filled out by each member of the production team and cast.
- Break the play down into 10-15 min long ‚ french scenes and create a matrix cross-referencing the characters in the play with their appearance in each scene.