Academic Calendar

THPR – Theatre Production

THPR 100
Theatre Production Boot Camp
3 Credits          Total (45-0-0)

This course introduces students to safe shop procedures, rules, and regulations. Provided in a block format, this intensive week will focus on shop and general theatre safety, providing the student with the introductory knowledge and skills necessary to function safely and effectively in the program. Students must successfully complete this course before participating in Practicum, or any shop (safety related) activities or courses.

THPR 101
Technical Crafts I
3 Credits          Total (15-30-0)

This course introduces first year students to audio and lighting methods, techniques and technology. Students identify, connect, and employ the instruments and control systems for both lighting and audio, and practice basic skills necessary to begin to successfully engage in a theatre practice.

THPR 102
Artisan Crafts I
3 Credits          Total (15-30-0)

This course is designed to introduce the first year student to the paint, props, and wardrobe disciplines.

Prerequisites: THPR 101.

THPR 103
Stage Crafts I
3 Credits          Total (15-30-0)

Stage Crafts encompasses a diverse assortment of subjects. Throughout this foundational course, students are introduced to the scenic construction process from drafting to carpentry. Students also learn how scenery moves with an intensive focus on theatre rigging practices.

Prerequisites: THPR 100.

THPR 104
Practicum I
3 Credits          Total (0-0-220)

The core of the Theatre Production Program is its practicum experiences. Students apply theories learned in class to a practical environment as they mount shows throughout MacEwan's theatre season. For each production, students are asked to apply to crew positions and are subsequently assigned duties and tasks. Students are directed, supervised, and evaluated by theatre professionals. In this way, they gain hands-on experience, practice maintaining the work standards and protocols of the profession, and enjoy real-world exposure to the pressures of the fast-paced production environment. Safe work is emphasized.

THPR 201
Technical Crafts II
3 Credits          Total (15-30-0)

This course is designed to accelerate and advance the first year student's understanding of both audio and lighting disciplines by building on the skills and expertise acquired in THPR 101. Students further refine their knowledge of connections, instruments, and control systems through practice by learning to maintain, repair, and troubleshoot this equipment.

Prerequisites: THPR 101.

THPR 202
Artisan Crafts II
3 Credits          Total (15-30-0)

This course is designed to accelerate the first year student's understanding of the paint, props, and wardrobe disciplines, building on the skills and knowledge acquired in THPR 102.

Prerequisites: THPR 102.

THPR 203
Stage Crafts II
3 Credits          Total (15-30-0)

Building on the foundational knowledge gained in Stage Crafts I, Stage Crafts II enables students to apply what they have learned. With a focus on carpentry and rigging proficiencies, students plan layouts, select appropriate building materials, and learn to safely use a variety of hand and power tools.

Prerequisites: THPR 103.

THPR 204
Practicum II
3 Credits          Total (0-0-220)

The core of the Theatre Production Program is its practicum experiences. Students apply theories learned in class to a practical environment as they mount shows throughout MacEwan's theatre season. For each production, students are asked to apply to crew positions and are subsequently assigned duties and tasks. Students are directed, supervised, and evaluated by theatre professionals. In this way, they gain hands-on experience, practice maintaining the work standards and protocols of the profession, and enjoy real-world exposure to the pressures of the fast-paced production environment. Emphasis will be placed on professionalism, craft, and documentation.

Prerequisites: THPR 104.

THPR 205
Theatre Culture in Context
3 Credits          Total (45-0-0)

This introductory course focuses on theatre history through the lens of theatrical production, its innovations, and evolution. Students are exposed to movements in theatre, including the Greek through modern eras, while considering the influence of social movements on theatrical practices. An awareness of the stylistic features, types of décor, forms of costume, and artistic practices defining each of the periods discussed is also fostered.

THPR 211
Technical Crafts III
3 Credits          Total (15-30-0)

This is an intermediate class in lighting and audio technologies, with an introduction to video and projection. Students will advance their skills as technicians by practicing how to set up, operate, and troubleshoot complex lighting and audio systems.

THPR 212
Artisan Crafts III
3 Credits          Total (15-30-0)

This course is designed to challenge the second year student's practical abilities in scenic painting, props, and wardrobe. It builds upon the introductory skills learned through THPR 102 and THPR 202, while also introducing the student to advanced techniques and crafting materials. As this is a practical course, workmanship will be emphasized.

THPR 213
Stage Crafts III
3 Credits          Total (15-30-0)

In this course, students continue to develop the skills acquired in Stage Crafts I and II. Students draft, build, hang, and weld projects as they explore the skills, attitudes, and competencies required to construct theatrical scenery.

Prerequisites: THPR 203.

THPR 214
Practicum III
3 Credits          Total (0-206.5-88.5)

The core of the Theatre Production Program is its practicum experiences. Students apply theories learned in class to a practical environment as they mount shows throughout MacEwan's theatre season. For each production, students are asked to apply to crew positions and are subsequently assigned duties and tasks. Students are directed, supervised, and evaluated by theatre professionals. In this way, they gain hands-on experience, practice maintaining the work standards and protocols of the profession, and enjoy real-world exposure to the pressures to the fast-paced production environment. Emphasis will be placed on communication skills, attention to detail, critical analysis and problem solving.

Prerequisites: THPR 204.

THPR 221
Technical Crafts IV
3 Credits          Total (15-30-0)

Building on the skills acquired in THPR 211, this is an advanced course in lighting and audio technologies, with a continued introduction to video and projection. Students will finesse their technical skills while learning about introductory lighting and audio design, computer control, intelligent lighting, recording, sound mixing, and employing digital effects.

THPR 222
Artisan Crafts IV
3 Credits          Total (15-30-0)

This course is designed to further challenge the second year student's practical abilities in scenic painting, props, and wardrobe. It builds upon the introductory skills learned through THPR 212, continuing to expose the student to advanced techniques and crafting materials. As this is an intermediate level course, workmanship will be emphasized, but creativity will be encouraged.

THPR 223
Stage Crafts IV
3 Credits          Total (15-30-0)

In this capstone course, students are challenged to draft, plan, construct, and critique stage scenery in challenging final projects. Emphasis is placed on attitude, workmanship, and preparation for transition into the field.

Prerequisites: THPR 213.

THPR 224
Practicum IV
3 Credits          Total (0-206.5-88.5)

The core of the Theatre Production Program is its practicum experiences. Students apply theories learned in class to a practical environment as they mount shows throughout MacEwan's theatre season. For each production, students are asked to apply to crew positions and are subsequently assigned duties and tasks. Students are directed, supervised, and evaluated by theatre professionals. At this level of practicum, students are encouraged to work more independently, asking for guidance only as needed, and to begin instructing more junior crew members. Emphasis will be placed on honing technical skills and work habits.

Prerequisites: THPR 214.