9:05-9:55a MWF 3 cr. hr.
Theatre is in many ways the "most ensemble of arts." In virtually no other form of artistic expression is it necessary to obtain the absolute collaboration of so many persons having such diverse backgrounds. Thus, a primary goal of Stagecraft I is to facilitate communication among theatre practitioners by making this a primary focus of the course. At its simplest this is apparent in the emphasis on the terminology of theatre, but is also evidenced by the inclusion of a significant introduction to technical drawing since for many purposes in theatrical production this form of communication is indispensable.
At a more fundamental level, this course attempts to create understanding among those working in theatre, of the contribution of the scenic investiture to the production as a whole. Particular emphasis is placed on the special problems routinely faced by scenic designers and technicians and the typical solutions utilized to solve these problems. Along the way the student should obtain a basic working knowledge of the methods of stagecraft and the rationale of these techniques.