Academic Calendar

TPPR – Theatre Production

TPPR 108
1 Credit          Total (7-22-0)

This course is an introduction to methods, materials and safe practices in rigging for the theatre and takes place in several different theatre venues.

TPPR 203
4 Credits          Total (40-20-40)

This course presents the principles of production management and introduces the various techniques used by production managers, heads of departments and all members of the production team. Much of this course deals with working as a production team: organizing and scheduling work, working to communicate effectively, focusing on and monitoring the tasks to be done. These skills are introduced, discussed and put into practice through Practicums III and IV (TPPR 237 and TPPR 247).

Prerequisites: TPPR 103.

TPPR 204
Stagecraft II
2 Credits          Weekly (1-2-0)

Students construct complex sets and scenery, applying specialized construction methods, techniques, tools and equipment. Safe work practices are emphasized.

Prerequisites: TPPR 104.

TPPR 205
Video and Projection Technology
3 Credits          Weekly (1-2-0)

Projection of images has reshaped stage craft and theatre productions. In this course, students explore the tools of projection technology, production planning and visual editing and manipulation in hands-on projects. Learning is creative, conceptual and technical as students work with visual concepts that create mood, tone and setting.

Prerequisites: TPPR 105.

TPPR 206
Set Painting II
1 Credit          Weekly (0.5-1-0)

Students explore challenging and difficult painting techniques commonly used in set production such as faux finish, texture, aging or distressing a material and dying. A creative touch is encouraged. Students focus on the quality standards of professional theatre which include planning, meeting deadlines, attention to detail and documentation of methods and materials.

Prerequisites: TPPR 106.

TPPR 207
Wardrobe II
2 Credits          Weekly (2-0-0)

Students are introduced to period garment construction and intermediate-level sewing techniques. In order to discover creative approaches to costuming, students adapt a commercial pattern and experiment with various materials and techniques used in wardrobe construction. In addition, students study the principles of wardrobe management including stocking and maintaining a wardrobe collection, show budgeting and design analysis.

Prerequisites: TPPR 107.

TPPR 210
Audio II
2 Credits          Weekly (1.5-1-0)

Students advance their skills as theatre audio technicians by practicing how to configure, setup, operate, and troubleshoot complex professional audio systems. Students also design, plan and produce audio recordings to support live performance. Advanced technical skills are developed to record and over-dub multi-track recordings, do complex sound-mixing and use digital audio effects processing for creative results.

Prerequisites: TPPR 110.

TPPR 212
Prop Making I
2 Credits          Weekly (1-2-0)

Students use a variety of materials and building methods to construct stage props, which must be functional, durable and creatively constructed. The focus is on background research, attention to detail, quality workmanship and safe work standards.

TPPR 215
Lighting II
2 Credits          Weekly (1-2-0)

This is an advanced course in theatrical lighting and control, building on skills and knowledge gained from TPPR 105. This course focuses on lighting design, computer control, intelligent lighting and the tools and methods used to manage a lighting department.

Prerequisites: TPPR 105.

TPPR 221
Technical Director
2 Credits          Weekly (2-0-0)

Students examine the role of the Technical Director and focus on planning, creative problem solving and strategic thinking. The Analysis-Ideation-Implementation creative problem solving process is introduced and students practice techniques that enhance their communication and managerial-leadership skills. Students also begin to consider a career direction and search for employment opportunities.

Prerequisites: TPPR 204; TPPR 215.

TPPR 222
Prop Making II
1 Credit          Weekly (0.5-1-0)

This project-based course provides in-depth practice in the planning and fabrication of stage properties. Students propose challenging projects and discuss design concepts, suitable materials and fabrication techniques with the instructor and then proceed to fabricate the property. Methods such as sculpturing, mold-making and modeling making are practiced. Problems that arise during planning and fabrication are resolved as the project progresses from concept to completion.

Prerequisites: TPPR 212.

TPPR 237
Practicum III
3 Credits          Total (0-75-75)

Under the supervision of faculty and a director from the professional community, this practicum integrates theory and practice. Students ‘bid’ for crew or a department head position and then work with peers and staff to decide those positions. Each student contributes to a team effort in the mounting of productions. Attention to detail, communication skills, critical analysis and problem solving are emphasized.

Prerequisites: TPPR 127.

TPPR 247
Practicum IV
3 Credits          Total (0-75-75)

This is the final course in the practicum series. Students take on leadership roles and they are encouraged to contribute to the creative effort and suggest innovations while they hone technical skills and work habits. Each student is expected to work more independently, ask for guidance as needed, monitor and protect personal safety, follow the production plan and schedule, and instruct junior crew members. Rotation in various production team positions is emphasized in order to broaden the students' experience.

Prerequisites: TPPR 237.