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Thr 330 Stage Management

THEATRE 330 - 001                        
Room:  ACW 18                    
Tuesday/Thursday: 11:30am – 1:00pm    

Roy Hoglund

Office: AC/W 216 - 424-7043
Office Hours: Tues/Thurs 9:00 – 11:00am, or by appointment

Kathleen Donnelly
Office: AC/W 220 - 424-7127
Office Hours: Wed 11:30am - 12:30pm, Tues/Thurs: 9:00am – 10:00am, or by appointment

TEXTBOOK: Stage Management (Tenth Edition):
Authors: Lawrence Stern and Alice R. O’Grady

GOALS: Based on goals established by the Theatre Program, the goals for the student in this course are: 1. To have a broad knowledge of the processes of theatrical production; 2. To be able to analyze and communicate a dramatic text to an audience;  3. To develop a commitment to the pursuit of artistic excellence and integrity.

Theatre is a collaborative creative process requiring a broad knowledge of the human condition to be successful.  The importance of theatre in society is well documented, and understanding the role it plays in society contributes to the development of a well rounded citizen.  Theatre, as with all areas of the Liberal Arts, is most effectively employed when it is built on a broad base of knowledge.

OBJECTIVE: The goals listed above will be achieved through the following objective: the student will develop the techniques, skills and management style necessary for successfully managing a theatrical production. The objective will be achieved through lecture, discussion, projects and practical experience. It is expected that, upon completion of this course, the student will be able to successfully stage manage a production at UW Oshkosh.

LECTURES: The lecture outline included in this syllabus indicates the dates when topics covered in the course text, Stage Management, will be discussed. Students are expected to read these chapters before class in order to effectively participate in class discussion. Textbook material will be a departing point of the lecture.

DISCUSSION: Class discussion serves a dual purpose: 1) to share your thoughts on topics with other members of the class; and 2) to develop interpersonal skills, which are important to be a successful stage manager. Your participation in class discussion is vital to your success in this class.

PROJECTS: Two projects are required in this class:
1) Prompt Book: The prompt book will be developed from the production you are assigned.  This book should be neat and complete, communicating as clearly as possible your cues, blocking, cast list, and all other vital information as communicated in class lectures. The grading of prompt books will be based on whether or not a) the proper information is included; b) the information is arranged in a logical and accessible format; and c) the book is neat, well organized and easy to understand.      See schedule for specific due dates based on the show you worked on.

2) Touring Show: The touring show project will consist of a hypothetical touring project for which you are given specific information regarding the production, its size, budget, and schedule. Then, based on the requirements of the production, you must work up a strike plan, a changeover schedule, budget and an itinerary to enable this cast and crew to tour to another theatre. The purpose of this project is to develop skills in coordination, scheduling and production management. The project will be graded on whether or not a) it contains a complete list of information for budget considerations; b) the layout of the information is clear, understandable and neat; and c) the plan is realistic and could be followed for a touring show.                                               DUE:  5/2/13

Every student is required be involved in practical application of skills they have learned in this class. To fulfill this requirement students are expected to work in a backstage capacity as a Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager or Crew chief for one of the following shows: Albee Plays, No Exit or Madwoman of Chaillot. The purpose of this is to provide the stage management student with practical experience in the rehearsal and performance process. Grading will be based on the student’s reliability, attitude, and involvement with the rehearsal process and attendance. Performance dates for these options are listed below:

See schedule on following page regarding technical, dress and performance schedules for the upcoming semester.

EXAMS: A midterm exam and a final exam will be given covering information from the text, lectures, and discussions.  Tests will be in a short essay format.


Projects will be assigned the following weight:

Prompt Book        25%
Touring Show        25%    
Midterm Exam        15%
Final Exam        15%
Theatre Practicum    20%

Grading Scale:
A      94 - 100%        
A-     90 - 93.9%
B+     87 - 89.9%
B       84 - 86.9%
B-      80 - 83.9%
C+     77 - 79.9%
C       74 - 76.9%
C-      70 - 73.9%
D+     67 - 69.9%
D       64 - 66.9%
D-      60 - 63.9%
F        Below 60


Fredric March Theatre

Dry Technical Rehearsal:  Saturday, February 9th, 10:00am call
Full Tech/ 1st Dress Rehearsal:  Sunday, February 10th, Noon call
Dress Rehearsals: Monday – Tuesday, February 11th – 12th, 5:30 call
Performances:  Wednesday – Saturday, February 135h – 16h, 5:30 call, 7:30 go
Sunday, February 17sh, Noon call, 2:00pm go.
Strike will follow performance.

NO EXIT (Student Directed Play)

Experimental Theatre

Dry Technical Rehearsal:  Saturday, March 2nd, 10:00am call
Full Technical Rehearsal:  Sunday, March 3rd, Noon call
Dress Rehearsals: Monday – Wednesday, March 4th - 6th, 5:30 call
Performances:  Thursday – Saturday, March 7th to  9th, 5:30 call, 7:30 go
Strike follows last performance.

Fredric March Theatre

Dry Technical Rehearsal: Saturday, April 20th, 10:00am call
Full Tech/ 1st Dress Rehearsal: April 21std, Noon call
Dress Rehearsals: Monday – Tuesday, April 22rd – 23th, 5:30 call
Performances:  Wednesday – Saturday, April 24th - 27th, 5:30 call, 7:30 go
Sunday, April 28th, Noon call, 2:00pm go
Strike will follow performance.


Tuesday 29-Jan Intro to course/ Ch. 2 Characteristics of a good Stage Manager
pp. 3-13
Thursday 31-Jan Ch. 5 Getting Acquainted with your Theatre
pp. 46-67

Tuesday 5-Feb Ch. 4 Scheduling & Company Rules
pp. 31-45
Thursday 7-Feb Ch. 6 Expediting Auditions and Readings
pp. 68-90

Tuesday 12-Feb Ch. 8 Rehearsal Procedures/ Ch. 9 Working with the Cast
pp 98 - 142
Thursday 14-Feb Ch. 3 The Prompt Script / Ch. 8 Blocking / Appendix A and B ALBEE PLAYS PERF pp. 14-30/ 107-113

Tuesday 19-Feb Blocking Workday

Thursday 21-Feb Ch. 5 Stage Manager’s Kit/ Reading a ground plan & taping the floor
pp. 52-55, 102

Tuesday 26-Feb Ch. 10 Department Mgmt: Props/Costumes/ Dress Rehearsal/Makeup Prompt Script due: Albee pp 143-154
Thursday 28-Feb Ch. 11 Props & Scene Shifts / Ch. 12 Tech Rehearsal: Dry and Full
pp 155 - 177

Tuesday 5-Mar Ch. 13 Running the Show/ Calling Cues/ Tech Back Scheduling
pp 178-189
Thursday 7-Mar Ch. 14 Working with the House Manager/ Ch. 17 Fire Evacuation NO EXIT PERFORM pp 190-198 / 225-236

Tuesday 12-Mar Ch. 8 Safety/ Safety Scenarios Review for Midterm pp 122-130
Thursday 14-Mar MIDTERM EXAM

Tuesday 19-Mar SPRING BREAK USITT - Milwaukee
Thursday 21-Mar SPRING BREAK USITT - Milwaukee

Tuesday 26-Mar Ch. 16 Introduction of the Touring Project
pp 205-224
Thursday 28-Mar Touring Project – Budgets and Schedule Prompt Script due: No Exit

Tuesday 2-Apr Stage Managing Musical Theatre/ Stage Combat GUEST: Merlaine
Thursday 4-Apr Scene Shift/Prop Shift Practicum

Tuesday 9-Apr Special Effects Practicum GUEST: Mick
Thursday 11-Apr Wardrobe Practicum

Tuesday 16-Apr Lighting and Sound Practicum

Thursday 18-Apr Crisis Management/ Conflict Management


Tuesday 23-Apr Chap. 18 Working with Unions - Actors Equity
pp 237-246
Thursday 25-Apr Working with Unions - IATSE - Stage Hands Union GUEST: Mick

Tuesday 30-Apr Chap. 19 20 and 21 Correspondence and Getting a Job pp 247-274
Thursday 2-May Touring Project Presentation - Review for Final Exam Prompt Script due:

Tuesday 7-May FINAL EXAM

Thursday 9-May Final Class Meeting

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