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Practicum

 
 

Students and faculty work together on the scenery for The Matchmaker

Theatre Practicum is the set of courses through which students earn credit for applying their learning in department productions. Students do this by performing on stage or helping backstage on a production team, in the shops, or on a run crew. Students do not have to be theatre majors to earn credit through practicum courses. There are two practicum course levels:

THTR 190 Theatre Practicum I
1 Credit, Credit may be earned by:

  • Performing in a supporting role
  • Contributing to a production team (assistant stage manager)
  • Working in the shops (carpenter, electrician, painter, stitcher, etc)
  • Helping on a run crew (light board operator, follow-spot operator, fly operator, dresser, make-up assistant, etc)

Requirements: Theatre majors must complete a minimum of two sections of THTR 190.

THTR 290 Theatre Practicum II
2 Credits with Prerequisites, Credit may be earned by:

  • Performing in a leading role or as part of a demanding ensemble cast
  • Contributing to a production team (stage manager, designer, assistant director, dramaturg, props coordinator, master electrician, etc)
  • Working in the shops (carpenter, electrician, painter, stitcher, etc)
  • Helping on a run crew (make-up artist, wardrobe supervisor, etc)

Requirements: Completion of THTR 290 requires a written reflection paper and an evalatuion meeting with the faculty instructor. Theatre majors must complete a minimum of two sections of THTR 290.

How to Register

Registering for Theatre Practicum requires faculty approval and the process depends on whether the practicum is performance or technical in nature.

Performance Practicum

  1. Audition for a production
  2. If cast, register for practicum with the show's director

Technical Practicum

  1. Apply for a position. Available positions are posted on the Call Board outside the Theatre Department office, FA-106. Applications should be submitted to the department secretary and must consist of; a letter of interest, a schedule of conflicts, and (for THTR 290 only) a copy of your resume.
  2. Faculty review submitted applications and make assignments*
  3. If approved, register for practicum with the assigned faculty instructor

*Applications are not the only factors that determine production assignments; experience, presence, attitude, and commitment are strongly considered as well.

Students interested in advanced production team positions should also seek advice from appropriate members of the faculty. Students interested in lighting, scenery, costume, sound, or prop design should talk with the design faculty. Students interested in stage management, dramaturgy, or directing should talk with the acting and directing faculty.

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