THEATR-120 - Stagecraft - 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.
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 / Link to ZTC Textbook
The text book is:
Halloway, John and Zacharary Stribling, "Illustrated Theatre Production Guide," 4th ed. Routledge, 2020.
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.
This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at https://coc.instructure.com. Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:
- CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex: email@example.com)
- CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password
Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.
The Learning Center (TLC)
The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!
Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)
College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.
The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.
Management of Stress and Mental Health
College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.
The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.
You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 24/7, and confidential.
Veterans Resource Center
The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (661) 362-3469.
The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!
Last updated: 05/02/2022 Sub#: 181