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THEATR-120 - Stagecraft - Christopher Boltz

Professor:Christopher Boltz
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Christopher Boltz

Hello,  I'm Chris Boltz, and I'll be your instructor for THEATR-120 Stagecraft.   This class will meet in person for lectures on Monday, and meet in the Performing Arts Center Scene Shop for our Labs.  Labs will be hands on working with tools, paint, etc creating items that may be used on stage in a department production.

Course Description

Stagecraft is a broad overview of most of the world of Technical Theatre.   We will look at the tools and techniques of scenery construction, lighting and sound equipment and installation, and even a brief look at projection in theatre.  I should note that these skills not only apply to theatre, but to many behind the scenes ares of the entertainment industry including film, television, theme parks, concerts, opera, ballet and more.

What to Expect in this Course

Each week you will have a few chapters to read in the text book, and some short review questions based on the lecture.  You'll also have your weekly lab sessions.   It would be great if you had a camera of some sort (a camera in your phone is perfect) for lab.  We want to take a picture or two of our lab projects each week because we will be making a simple portfolio of our work.   Most of the assignments can be submitted in Canvas, and Canvas will have additional learning resources for you each week.

Types of Assessments

We will have a 2 specifically evaluated lab projects, which will contribute to your overall lab grade which covers your participation and growth in lab skills over the semester.  As mentioned above, there will be a short work sheet for each chapter we cover to reinforce concepts.  Worksheets may ask you to explain some concepts in your own words, illustrate a concept discussed in class, and in a few instances solve a common theatrical construction problem.   There will be a mid-term and a final.  There is also one essay.  It will focus on the stagecraft of a department production

Textbook Information

The text book is: 

  • Holloway, John, and Zachary Stribling. "Illustrated Theatre Production Guide." Fourth edition.  Routledge, 2021.
    • Students may purchase or rent a physical copy or a digital copy as fits their needs.

Other Relevant Course Information

The best way to succeed in my class is to show up and be involved.  I love to answer your questions and help you reach your goals.  There is a lot of material to cover in the course, and the worksheets are a way for me to check that you understand concepts before you get to a mid term or final.   I try to post everything you will need outside of class to Canvas.

Additional Resources


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Last updated: 11/24/2023 Sub#: 1126