THA 201 THEATRE PRACTICUM // COURSE SYLLABUS
Instructors and Department Members
Patti J. Manning
Judy E. Pandelis
The goals for the student in Theatre Practicum are:
to work as a part of a team focused on a goal
to learn a process of theatre production
to develop a work ethic that will serve in many other areas of endeavor
to build management, technical or performance skills.
Course Information and Grading
*Any student involved in a production at BSC must register for THA201.
THA 201 is for 1/2 (0.50) units for working on a production during the semester
*These productions may be either Main Stage or Theatre One full-length faculty-directed productions, in Theatre Arts, Spring Dance or Opera productions.
*Projects fall into three general categories: performance, management and technology. A list of possible projects would include: cast member, stage
manager, company manager, assistant stage manager/props, props crew head, wardrobe/dressing, light crew ( hang, focus and running), sound crew (set
up/running), head electrician, set construction or costume construction
*Set and costume construction members are not a part of the running crew for the show.
*Construction crew members work 65 hours during the semester in the scene or costume shop.
Practicum grades are assigned after a review by the theatre faculty of the individual student's work based on the following criteria:
Attendance and Promptness to all calls and meetings
Personal Attitude/ Work Ethic/In-Class Demeanor
Out of Class Preparation
Performance of Duties, Responsibilities/Performance Quality, Meeting Deadlines
Number of Hours Worked
The final course letter grade will be based on the following:
The best. It is earned by those who have excelled in all areas of performance, duties, growth and preparation.
This grade means “better than average.” The person doing B work is demonstrating that he/she understands the subject matter and has
mastered many of the necessary areas. This is a very good grade.
This means that the student is doing just about as well as most students new to the material. It is not a poor grade. It reflects that the
student is working on the mastery of relevant skills, demonstrating growth, and preparation and is doing just about as well as most students in the same age
and educational level.
Lowest Passing Grade
This student is below average on the mastering of skills/completion of duties.
Given only when the student shows neither the aptitude nor inclination to master relevant skills, perform duties or work as a part of the
Absentee/Lateness Policy (from the Theatre Handbook)
A student arriving late to a rehearsal, costume fitting, scheduled work call or meeting will be warned. A second late will result in the reduction of 1/2 a letter
grade. Failure to show up at a rehearsal, costume fitting, scheduled work call or meeting will result in the reduction of a whole letter grade.
Theatre Department Classroom Attendance Policy
-Don't miss class. Students are expected to attend every class meeting.
-Extenuating circumstances will be dealt with on an individual basis.
-Students are expected to arrive on time. If you are late to class, do not enter the classroom.
-Students are expected to stay in class for the entire class period. If you leave class during the class period without permission, do not return. You
will be counted absent for that class period.
-Cell phones may not be used in the classroom.
*The instructors of this course reserve the right to reassign, at their discretion, any student to any position in the company for any reason.
*The course process abides by the BSC Honor Code. Failure to observe the Honor Code or other policies outlined in the Theatre Student Handbook
and syllabus may result in position reassignment, and/or a grade of "F" for the course.
*Actors are required to provide their own shoes and makeup. Technicians are required to provide their own backstage black clothing and flashlight. No
open-toed shoes backstage, please.
*All Crew Members crews are required to keep a
of their hours worked for the production. These hours will include performances, rehearsals,
costume fittings, work calls and meetings. The student will
all the hours worked and
the log book under the Honor Code. The form that must be
used is in the Shop Log Book in the Tech Office Failure to record all hours appropriately will cause the final course grade to be lowered by 30 points.
* All theatre practicum students will attend the strike for the production.