Stagecraft Fundamentals Syllabus


Professor: Tom Fusco, Technical Director

Office: Backstage Tohill                Phone (856) 256-4036

Email:          Cell: (609) 254-6879



Course Description                                                                                                                    
Students study technical areas in the preparation of a play. Course areas include; fundamentals of technical drawing, introduction to shop tools and theater processes, introduction to lighting instruments. Students complete a production book as one of the course requirements as well as fulfill assigned responsibilities for actual theatrical productions. Bla bla bla. Why is Stagecraft the best and most important class you will take during your career here at Rowan? Why is it in the core? What makes this relevant to you?

Expectations for the course are as follows:

·       Respect the production process as a whole

·       Develop independence and self-reliance

·       Understand and demonstrate the collaborative nature of producing entertainment is whatever form it comes in.

Course Objectives, (or another list of specific expectations, you need to show these that you have learned these objectives through assessment, so how do we do this?)

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Use a working vocabulary of theatrical terms and Identify the jobs and duties needed to organize, manage and produce theater- what terms and in what context? How do we gather theses and asses that you have learned them?
  • Knowledge of safety procedures for the theaters and scene shops – PPE, electrical safety keep all fingers and don’t get cancer from bad chemicals – how what where?
  • Understand basic drafting conventions – the first step in any process is drawing – communication to others and thinking it out on paper beforehand, USITT standards.
  • Identify and use the tools and materials found in the Scene Shop – how to capture the info, and demonstrate it,  show  proper use of the tools, demonstrate proper knowledge
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of building procedures  -  proper use of tools, equipment, materials as demonstrated in Tool Box Project, Flat, Construct, on you own you will build these
  • Understand the purpose and procedure for stage lighting – how to capture the different types of instruments, the equipment needed to create a lighting system, interpret a light plot,
  • Hang and focus a lighting instrument – how to demonstrate?
  • Rigging and the line set system – what are the parts and pieces of the counterweight line set system, how does it work, how do you run it safely and smoothly, how do you load and unload scenery, soft goods and lights, how do you rig scenery to fly

There are assessment tools that we will use to demonstrate what you have learned. They are:

·       Written Exams -  (traditional grading, online)

1.        General Stagecraft knowledge

2.       Carpentry

3.       Electrics

4.       Rigging

·       Projects and Practical Exams – Rubrics will be created to fairly judge these

1.        Collaborative Manual  - class project

2.       Tool Box Project

3.       Lighting Project

4.       Combination Final Exam, build a flat and construct, hang and light it

·       Work Assignments: (Production Practicum Grade)

1.        Everyone is required to attend each load in and strike

2.       You may choose to work 30 shop hours OR

3.       Work on a production team as a stage technician (run crew, props, paints, ASM mainstage etc.)

4.       Document hours and jobs with me and supervisor

Attendance and Participation – You are expected to attend class

  • Attendance and participation are mandatory to pass this class.
  • Every class counts, each class missed takes 2 points off your grade.
  • Class starts at the designated time, if you are late it takes 1 point of your grade.
  • Excuses in writing prior to the class can be made up through extra work calls.
  • Excuses after the fact are subject to my approval to be eligible to be made up.
  • Miss six classes or be tardy 8 times and you automatically receive an F.
  • Work calls fall under the same policy
  • Missing a run crew results in no credit



Letter Grade

Participation: 25 pts.
Manual: 20 pts
Tool Box: 15 pts
Light Project: 15 pts
Final Combo: 25 pts

Possible total : 100 points

A 95-100
A- 90-94
B+ 86-89
B 83-85
B- 80-82
C+ 76-79

C 73-75
C- 70-72
D+ 66-79
D 63-65
D- 60-62
F <60



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