Theatre Practicum IV Syllabus for 2021-2022
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DRAM-2121-001 Theatre Practicum IV


Course Description

Practicum in theater open to all students with emphasis on technique and procedures with experience gained in play productions.

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(1 sem hr; 4 lab)

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On Campus Course

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Please remember to wear closed heel and closed toe shoes (no sandals, clogs, flip flops, etc.); Also, if you have long hair, you must wear it tied back or up.


Student Performance

Each student will be able to safely use some of the power tools utilized in theatre production.  These may include, but are not limited to, electric or cordless drill, circular saw, power miter box saw, and sewing machine.  The student will also earn to work in various areas of theatre production that may include, but not limited to, scenery, costuming, properties, lighting, and sound.

This course is designed to give the theatre major or interested student an appreciation for the production process. The student will gain expertise in the construction, terminology, publicizing, and performance of two productions in the semester.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

All students should come to Theatre Practicum properly dressed for the job at hand (see Supplies section above). Please contact Monty Downs for further information. Please see Course Outline for additional requirements.

Grading Criteria

90% - Participation Hours

10% - Jury Grade

100% - Final Grade        (before Strike and Mandatory Saturday Work Call

attendance is calculated)

Failure to attend a strike or a mandatory Saturday work call will result in a letter grade drop for each absence.

Make Plans now to attend the two Mandatory Saturday work calls on February 12 and April 9, 2022, from 9am - 1pm.


Participation Hours Grade is determined by the Option used below.

100 = 59.5 or more participation hours

89 = 51.5 – 59.4 participation hours

79 = 43.5 – 51.4 participation hours

69 = 35.5 – 43.4 participation hours

59 = 35.4 or less participation hours


Jury Grade is earned for the student’s Jury presentation at the end of the semester.  *See “Additional” section below for more info on the end of semester Jury.


The Practicum student should make arrangements to put in hours every week toward Practicum.  The student may choose any afternoon(s), Monday through Friday, to put in the required hours.  **See “Calendar” section below for requirements and options.


The Practicum student MUST make arrangements to put in hours EVERY WEEK toward Practicum.  The student may choose any afternoon(s), Monday through Friday, to put in the required hours.  See outline below for requirements and options.


Make Plans now to attend the two Mandatory Saturday work calls.  They are February 12 and April 9, from 9am -1pm.

Participation= 90% of overall grade. All students must attend a training and safety session, complete 60 participation hours, be on running crew(s), and attend each strike and mandatory Saturday calls until released.

Course Fulfillment Requirements:ALL STUDENTS MUST ATTEND A TRAINING & SAFETY SESSION and THE STRIKE OF EACH OF THE AC PRODUCTIONS THIS SEMESTER. There will also be one mandatory Saturday work call per show - date and times to be announced no less than 2 weeks in advance.  Student should see Monty on the first date to come to work. A minimum total of 60 real-time participation hours are required for an A in this course.

Option 1: A Theatre Practicum student who is cast in or serves as Stage Manager for one of the current semester's productions will earn 20 Participation hours.  A student who is in both of the current semester's productions will earn a max of 30 Particpation hours. * The remaining hours must be realized in increments of at least 2.5 hours per week (cast i one show) or 2 hours per week (cast on both shows).** If a student is not performing in both mainstage productions, he/she must be on a running crew for his/her non-performance show.***

Option 2: A Theatre Practicum student who is not cast in nor serving as Stage Manager for either of the current semester's productions must complete 60 participation hours. The student must complete this requirement in increments of at least 4 hours per week.** This option requires the student to serve on running crews for both shows.***

Option 3: A Theatre Practicum student who is cast in one show and serves as Stage Manager for another (in the same semester) will earn 20 hours for the acting credit and 10 hours for the SM credit, regardless of how substantial the part is or how long the hours.  The remaining 30 hours must be realized in increments of at least 2 hours per week.

Option 4: A Theatre Practicum student who lead designs the set(s), lights, sound, props, video, or costumes for one or more productions will receive a maximum of 10 participation hours for each design.  The designer will get 5 hours for preparatory work; 5 hours for meeting design deadlines and for implementation of the approved design.  The Front of House Designer will receive a maximum of 5 hours (2.5 for prep and 2.5 for deadlines and implementation).  Failure to meet the preparation, design deadlines or implementation criteria will result in a loss of those hours.


*Provided the director(s) of said production(s) feels satisfactory participation has been realized.

** Students can decide which of the five weekday afternoons they would like to participate on; however, no student may participate less than one hour per day they come in.

*** Running crews do not count towards the base requirement of 60 participation hours.

^^A Student may only get 30 Participation hours per semester for acting, lead designing, or Stage Managing in any configuration.

Additional Information


End of Semester Jury

Each Theatre Arts major will participate in the End of Semester Juries.  The student will pick one of the Options below.  The student should approach the Jury as an audition – dress appropriately, prepare vigorously, conduct him/herself professionally, etc.  The presentation should last no longer than 5 minutes.  The day after Juries the student may review copies of his/her critique sheets in the Theatre Arts Office.

The student is strongly encouraged to work on the Jury material throughout the semester.  The Theatre Arts faculty and staff are willing to meet with the student throughout the semester for consultation and working sessions.

Approximately two weeks before the end of the semester, the student will need to turn in a “Jury Sheet” to Monty Downs and sign up for a Jury time.  More information will be posted on the departmental bulletin board in the lobby of the Experimental Theatre approximately two weeks before the end of the semester.


Option 1:  The student will present two contrasting monologues (one comedic one dramatic; one classic one modern; etc.) or one song from a musical and a monologue.   The student should prepare a slate announcing him/herself and the titles of the two pieces in order of performance and a smooth transition between the monologues.  The student performing a song should bring accompanying music on a cd or an electronic music player.


Option 2:  The student should prepare a presentation of technical work from his/her past credits (current semester preferred).  The presentation may be in the form of a portfolio, slide presentation, etc.  Creativity is encouraged in the presentation, as well as, the material itself. *See the Theatre Arts Student Handbook for information needed during the design process – this is a good start for the presentation.


Option 3:  The student should prepare one monologue (student’s choice of style and material) or song from a musical and a short technical presentation.  **A combination of Options 1 & 2.

Syllabus Created on:

01/04/22 11:39 AM

Last Edited on:

01/19/22 4:03 PM