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THEATR-120 - Stagecraft - Christopher Boltz

Professor:Christopher Boltz
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Christopher Boltz

Welcome to Theatre 120.  I'm Chris Boltz, and I'll be your instructor this semester.  I have been working in technical theatre since I was 16 years old.   I mostly work as a lighting designer, but have also been a scenery designer, sound designer, stage manager, stage electrician, and more.    We will meet on Mondays for lecture and then you will have a lab day later in the week.   The lab sessions are where we will apply  lecture concepts in the scene shop to build items for use in the department productions.

Course Description

Provides the theory and practical application of technical elements for the stage including scenic design, construction, painting, rigging, safety practices, methods of shifting scenery, theatrical lighting and programming, and theatrical audio equipment.

What to Expect in this Course

Each week we will usually have 2 chapters from the text book to go over in lecture, a lab , and a short exercise in Canvas to review the lecture material (it may be a "quiz,", a work sheet, or a discussion board).    For the in person labs you will need safety glasses, closed-toed shoes and work cloths (we might get a little bit messy).   There will be a mid term and final.

Types of Assessments

  • Short Review exercises each week (Could be a short quiz, worksheet, or discussion board)
  • A mid-term and a final
  • In-Person Labs will be graded
  • You will also have a short response essay to the stage craft in a theatrical production

Textbook Information

The text book is:

Halloway, John and Zacharary Stribling, "Illustrated Theatre Production Guide," 4th ed. Routledge, 2020.

ISBN-13: 978-0367152031
ISBN-10: 0367152037


It is ordered at the book store.  I also ordered safety glasses for you, which will be needed for lab.

Other Relevant Course Information

This class has a lot of information to cover as it is taught to the standards of the CSU Stagecraft classes.   If you don't understand something, ask!   I don't expect students to have any stagecraft skills in advance of the class, so if you do, you will be ahead on some topics.   Safety is my top priority in lab.   For the lab skills, I am looking for improvement over the course of the semester.  If you have any questions or concerns, let email me, and we can work them out.

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Last updated: 11/24/2023 Sub#: 181