Academic Calendar

TPPR – Theatre Production

TPPR 101
Applied Theatre History
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course surveys the history of the theatre stage from early times to the late 20th-century. Students consider the influence of social movements, theatrical practices and stylistic features, types of décor and costuming in contemporary theatre productions. Research methods are introduced and students gain access to various information systems such as MacEwan and other library databases, catalogues, special collections and services, Internet resources and microforms as they study historical trends in a range of periods and geographic settings.

TPPR 102
Drafting and Model Making
2 Credits          Weekly (1-2-0)

Students are introduced to drafting practices commonly used in theatre production including pencil drafting, line types, line weights, construction techniques, drawing layouts, orthographic projections, isometric drawings, floor plans, elevations and sections. Computer Assisted Drafting (CAD) is also introduced through hands-on projects that prepare stage plans, elevations and lighting plots. Additionally, students build to-scale models which allow students to see the relationship between two-dimensional drawings and the three-dimensional world. Scale modeling is used as an aid in solving problems encountered when attempting to draw scenic units and properties. The knowledge and skills gained by way of this course are foundational to other courses of study.

TPPR 103
Introduction to Technical Theatre
1 Credit          Weekly (1-0-0)

This survey course introduces the production process, stage management, types of theatre, the structure and organization of staffing and professionalism in the discipline. The focus of the major course project is stage management and how to prepare a prompt-script, which is a document required to control any theatrical performance.

TPPR 104
Stagecraft I
2 Credits          Weekly (1-2-0)

In this introductory course, students learn how to solve theatrical production challenges through the design and production of a variety of scenic elements. They learn how to plan layouts, select appropriate building materials for projects, and how to safely use hand and power tools including specialized jigs.

TPPR 105
Lighting I
2 Credits          Weekly (1-2-0)

This course introduces students to the requirements, knowledge and practices necessary to be a lighting technician. The course also provides opportunity to practice the skills required of that position.

TPPR 106
Set Painting I
2 Credits          Weekly (1-2-0)

This course is an introduction to the standard procedures, materials, equipment and safety considerations involved in the surface treatments of scenery. Students explore colour theory, paint and pigment, tools and application of surface treatments. Health and safety considerations and procedures in dealing with various paint products are introduced.

TPPR 107
Wardrobe I
2 Credits          Weekly (1-2-0)

Class sessions balance topical lecture/demonstrations with in-class projects. Students are introduced to the skills necessary to build theatrical costumes. Topics include basic sewing skills, basic cutting, working with the costume designer, safety in the wardrobe, running a show, sources of information, basic fabric identification, fabric distressing and a survey of basic costuming applications.

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 110
Audio I
2 Credits          Weekly (1-2-0)

This course is designed to instruct first-year students in the field of basic audio production. The topics covered in this course include the physiology of hearing, identification of common audio components, preparation of sound effects and the basics of live sound reinforcement. The course emphasizes critical listening, problem solving and professional practice.

TPPR 111
5 Credits          Weekly (2-6-0)

This course provides the student with the absolute minimum knowledge and skill necessary to function safely and effectively in the shop and backstage during the mounting of a production. Show, tell and do is our guideline and students should expect to observe, then practice all content offered in this course. There is material from all subject areas: audio, carpentry, painting, management, lights, props, etc. The student must successfully complete this course before participating in Practicum, or any shop (safety related) activities.

TPPR 117
Practicum I
3 Credits          Total (0-60-60)

In the Theatre Production program, students learn by doing as members of production crews working together to mount shows at the campus theatre. Everyone gains experience in a variety of positions. For each production, students apply or bid for crew positions and are subsequently assigned duties and tasks. Students are directed, supervised and evaluated by professional directors and theatre designers. In this way, they gain hands-on experience, practice in the work standards and protocols of the profession and real-world exposure to the pressures of the fast-paced production environment. Safe work is emphasized.

TPPR 127
Practicum II
3 Credits          Total (0-60-60)

Students are engaged in hands-on learning as members of a production crew working to mount a show. For each production, students bid or apply for crew positions and are assigned duties and tasks. Working with directors and designers from the professional theatre community, students experience the demands of a live theatre production. Each student is coached on professionalism, craft, design specifications and how to document the production.

Prerequisites: TPPR 117.

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.