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Thr 330 Stage Management

STAGE MANAGEMENT (Fall 2014) THEATRE 330 – 001 (92172)
Room: ACW 18
Tuesday/Thursday: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Roy Hoglund

Office: AC/W 216 - 424-7043
Office Hours: Tues/Thurs 10:00 – 11:30am, or by appointment

Kathleen Donnelly
Office: AC/W 220 - 424-7127
Tues/Thurs: 8:00am – 9:00am, Wed: 11:30am-12:30pm, or by appointment

TEXTBOOK: The Stage Manager’s Toolkit (There is a Kindle edition available at Amazon) Author: Laurie Kincman

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: Dec. 4th

THEATRE PRACTICUM EXPERIENCE: 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: Over the Tavern or The Seafarer. 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%
Total                     100%

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



Over the Tavern by Tom Dudzik
Fredric March Theatre

Dry Technical Rehearsal: Saturday, October 4th, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Dress/Tech Rehearsals: Sunday, October 5th, 1:00pm call, 2:00pm go

Monday - Tuesday, October 6-7th, 5:30pm call, 7:30pm go

Performances: Wednesday – Saturday, October 8th – 11th, 5:30pm call, 7:30pm go

Sunday, October 12th, noon call, 2:00pm go (Strike follows)


The Seafarer by Conor McPherson
Fredric March Theatre
Dry Technical Rehearsal: Saturday, November 15th, 10:00am call

Dress/Tech Rehearsals: Sunday, November 16th, Noon call

Monday – Tuesday, November 17th- 18th, 5:30pm call, 7:30pm go

Performances: Wednesday – Saturday, November 19th thru 22nd, 5:30pm call, 7:30pm go

Sunday, November 23rd, Noon call, 2:00pm go (Strike follows)


Link to Stage Management Schedule, 2014

by Alderson, James M last modified Aug 28, 2014 01:44 PM