Stagecraft Fundamentals Syllabus

Stagecraft Fundamentals

Professor: Tom Fusco, Technical Director             

Office: Backstage Tohill                 Phone (856) 256-4036

Email:            Cell: (609) 254-6879

Face Book: RowanStagecraft      Twitter: RowanStagecraft


              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.

Materials Needed for Class:

  • Tape measure, 12’-16’ long
  • Pencils
  • 8” crescent wrench
  • Architects Scale Rule
  • Proper Work Attire – Sneakers, Boots, clothes that will get painted glued etc.

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

  • Use a working vocabulary of theatrical terms
  • Identify various types and areas of theaters
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of building procedures
  • Understand basic drafting conventions
  • Identify and use the tools and materials found in the Scene Shop
  • Identify the jobs and duties needed to organize, manage and produce theater
  • Knowledge of safety procedures for theaters and scene shops
  • Hang and focus a lighting instrument
  • Have a basic understanding electrical theory and safety
  • Have a basic understanding of the physics of sound and light as they apply to theater
  • Understand how a sound system works
  • Know how to safely operate a  counter weight line set
  • Have a basic understanding of safe rigging procedures and hardware   
  • Function effectively as a backstage crew member through participation on a departmental production

Work Assignments: You need to choose one of the following

·         20 Hours of scheduled work calls -  M – W 1 to 4 and 6 to 9,  T-TH 1 to 4 plus load ins and strikes

o    See Production Calendar

o    To sign up for a workcall go to SignUpGenius

·         OR Fulfill a run crew position on a Mainstage Production

o    Light Board Op, Sound OP, Run Crew, Properties Crew, ASM

Certificates: The course is designed around a certificate system. There are five certificates:  Safety, Carpentry, Electrics, Rigging and Sound.

The certification process works like this:

  1. Go to the appropriate web page.
  2. Print out the certification page and fill in the answers from the slide shows and videos.
  3. Come see me take the practical exam.

Quizzes – There are 5 quizzes. Successful completion of the quiz and practical exam certify you in that particular field. Each field is designated by a colored star which needs to be proudly worn on your name tag.

Final Exam

There will be a three part final, a small built prop displaying your carpentry skills, a 50 question multiple choice exam and a practical exam.

Attendance and Participation

  • Attendance and participation are mandatory to pass this class. You must sign in to each class and workcall on the sheet.
  • 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.


Grading Percentage

Letter Grade

Participation: 25 points
Final Exam: 25 points
Work Assignment: 25 points
Quizzes: 25 points
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


Week 1:



Week 2:

Tool Box 1

Tool Box 2

Week 3:

Tool Box 3

Quiz 1

Week 4:

Women Load


Week 5:



Week 6:

Quiz 2


Week 7:



Week 8:

Quiz 2


Week 9:



Week 10

Load In

Load In

Week 11



Week 12



Week 13



Week 14


Proj drw

Week 15



Academic Dishonesty
"Academic dishonesty, in any form, will not be tolerated. Students found to have committed an act of academic dishonesty may be subject to failure in the course, suspension from the University, or both." - Rowan University’s Undergraduate Catalog

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