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Technical Participation


These participation courses are designed to give the student practical experience in the “backstage crafts” of the theatre. You will have the choice of working either a backstage running crew for one our productions this semester or a construction crew for the semester in either the scene shop or costume shop.

  • Theatre 167 is designed to be the first course in theatre participation. If you have not worked in theatre on the college level, you should be enrolled in this section.
  • Theatre 262 is designed for students who have either had 167 or have worked backstage in college theatre. Student enrolled in this course will be expected to demonstrate an intermediate skill level in an area of theatrical crafts and/or hold a position of minor responsibility on a show. 167 is normally prerequisite.
  • Theatre 362 is an upper level course for advanced students. Prior experience is highly desirable. A person enrolled under this courses number should possess a high skill level in an area of theatre and/or hold a position of higher responsibility on a show. 262 is normally a prerequisite.

*Note: Participation courses are considered seven week courses. If you are working on a running crew your time will be considered into nine days (see schedules). The section you sign up for is determined by the production you have chosen to meet requirements.

 Options for completing course requirements:

(A) Construction Crew: You are expected to work 40 hours in either the scene shop or the costume shop during the course of the semester. Exactly what hours you work will be arranged with the supervisor of that area. In general, you are expected to spend six hours per week that the seven weeks course meets, preferably the same time each week. If you can’t be there for a previously arranged time, you must call your supervisor and arrange to make up the time. Two unexcused absences will result in your suspension from this class.

Appropriate attire is necessary for every call. If you are not properly attired you will not be allowed to work in the shop. These regulations are necessary to insure your safety and the safety of others. Please see Safety Rules and Regulations.

(B) Running Crew: You will work on the backstage running crew for one of the departmental productions this semester. You will be required to be present at all technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals and performances for that production. In addition to this you will be required to attend a run through of the show prior to technical rehearsal so that you are familiar with the production and the nature of your position on the show before technical rehearsal. All running crew members must be dressed in black pants and a long-sleeve black shirt in order to work backstage for the show.

One absence will result in your suspension from this class.

Anticipated Schedule for Running Crew:

If you are interested in getting involved in theatre and would like to work on one of the running crews this semester, contact your adviser.

Crew is expected to be available for all the times listed below. Wardrobe crew is not called for Dry and Full Tech Rehearsal, but must be at all other call times.

If you would like to receive one credit for your participation on crew, you can take Theatre Participation (students of any major) or Theatre Practicum (Theatre major/minor). You must get signed into the course.

  • PLEASE NOTE: Cell phones are not permitted backstage and will be confiscated if they are in use during a rehearsal or performance, and will be returned at the end of the rehearsal or performance. If cell phone use continues to be a problem, you will be asked to leave the crew.


All students who take participation option A are required to attend a strike following the last performance of the production that occurs during their specific section of the course.

This will usually last approximately two hours.

If you choose option B, you are required to strike the production you are assigned to as a running crew member.

  1. 40 hours is a minimum passing requirement for those choosing option A.
  2. Punctuality at required rehearsals and performances is necessary for those who choose option B.
  3. Attitude and initiative can and will make a difference in a grade for both options.
Shop Hours

Scene Shop hours: Monday through Friday, 1-5 p.m. | (920) 424-7051

Costume Shop hours: Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m. | (920) 424-0286

Both of these numbers have answering machines, so there is no excuse for not calling if you will be late or absent.

Contact Us     

Jane Purse-Wiedenhoeft,
Department Chair
(920) 424-4425
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