Practica

Practicum courses allow students to earn academic credit for working on departmental productions. Through these experiential learning opportunities, students gain hands-on experience while broadening and deepening their professional skill set.

 Practicum Courses

This course provides an opportunity for student technicians (lighting/sound/projection operators and backstage/wardrobe/run crew) of departmental theatre & dance productions to receive credit for their work. Technicians typically must participate in load-in, technical rehearsals, performances, and strike; specific duties are determined based on the needs of each production. Technicians should expect to devote a total of 20-50 hours. 1 credit.

This course provides an opportunity for student performers in departmental theatre & dance productions to receive credit for their work. Performers typically must participate in auditions, callbacks, rehearsals, load-in, technical rehearsals, performances, and strike; specific duties are determined based on the needs of each production. Performers should expect to devote a total of 60-100 hours. 2 credits.

This course provides an opportunity for student designers of departmental theatre & dance productions to receive credit for their work. Designers typically must participate in a production orientation workshop (scenery, props, costumes, lighting, or sound), a design meeting with the departmental faculty, production meetings, load-in, technical rehearsals, and strike; specific duties are determined based on the needs of the production. Designers should expect to devote a total of 60-100 hours. 2 credits.

This course provides an opportunity for student dramaturgs, assistant directors, and devisers of departmental theatre & dance productions to receive credit for their work. Students in these positions typically must participate in production meetings, rehearsals, load-in, technical rehearsals, and strike; specific duties are determined based on the needs of the production. Students in these positions should expect to devote a total of 60-100 hours. 2 credits.

This course provides an opportunity for student assistant stage managers of departmental theatre productions to receive credit for their work. Assistant stage managers typically must participate in production meetings, rehearsals, load-in, technical rehearsals, performances, and strike; specific duties are determined based on the needs of the production. Assistant stage managers should expect to devote a total of 60-100 hours. 2 credits.

This course provides an opportunity for student choreographers (movement/dance/fight) of departmental theatre productions to receive credit for their work. Students in these positions typically must participate in production meetings, rehearsals, load-in, technical rehearsals, and strike; specific duties are determined based on the needs of the production. Students in these positions should expect to devote a total of 60-100 hours. 2 credits.

This course provides an opportunity for students to gain experience in creating original choreography for the annual departmental dance concert. Working collaboratively with their dancers, faculty and guest choreographers, concert director, and production personnel will help students develop their choreographic and leadership skills. To enroll, students must complete a Student Choreographer Application. Dance faculty and guest artists will review applications and select the student choreographers. Student choreographers must participate in auditions, weekly rehearsals, works-in-progress showings, technical rehearsals and performances. Choreographers should expect to devote a total of 60-100 hours. ​2 credits. Prerequisite: DAN233 (Dance Composition). 

 

This course provides an opportunity for student stage managers of departmental theatre productions to receive credit for their work. Stage managers typically must participate in weekly roundtable discussions with the faculty, auditions, callbacks, production meetings, rehearsals, load-in, technical rehearsals, performances, and strike; specific duties are determined based on the needs of the production. Stage managers should expect to devote a total of 120-200 hours. 4 credits.​ Prerequisite: THE 185, or coursework in stage management, or permission of the instructor​.

This course provides an opportunity for student stage managers to receive credit for their work on the annual departmental dance concert. Student dance stage managers must participate in works-in-progress showings, weekly production meetings, technical rehearsals, and performances; dance stage managers are also invited to participate in weekly SM Roundtable discussions with the faculty and other student stage managers. Specific duties are determined based on the needs of the production, but typically include: planning & executing concert logistics, creating organizational production documents, calling lighting & sound cues, and working closely with the artistic and production managers to ensure a successful production. Stage managers should expect to devote a total of 60-100 hours. 2 credits, pass/fail. Prerequisite: any 100-level Theatre/Dance practicum course (THE/DAN 181-185), or coursework in stage management, or permission of the instructor.

Practicum Enrollment

  • All students involved in departmental productions are automatically enrolled as auditors in the appropriate practicum course(s), and are given the opportunity to request credit by contacting the instructor.
  • Each practicum course may be taken for credit only once, but may be audited multiple times. Students may not receive credit for the same practicum course in both Theatre and Dance.
  • All practicum courses are graded pass/fail.

 

 

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All are welcome, regardless of major or minor. 

Production Participation

  • All productions are open to all students, regardless of major/minor.
  • Students may work on no more than 2 departmental theatre/dance productions in a single semester (in any capacity, including crew, performance, design, dramaturgy, stage management, directing, etc.)
  • Students are strongly discouraged from working on 2 consecutive productions and should consult with a faculty member if they plan to do so. 
  • Production work typically takes place during unusual times, such as evenings, weekends, holidays, and sometimes college breaks and/or adjacent semesters. To request more information about the schedule or expectations of a specific production, students should contact the director / producer / production manager.