Course Details

Course Number: 1513  Section Number: 101

Fall 2013

Location: Fain Fine Arts Center

Classroom Number: B120

Days & Times:

MWF 9:00-9:50

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Walter F. Wojciechowski   
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Course Objectives

In this course we will explore the crafts, technology and vocabulary used to create the theatrical environment. Just as a scientist uses a vocabulary specific to their discipline to communicate their ideas, so does a theatrical designer in creating the theatrical environment. In order to understand this environment we will study several key areas of theater that are used to create it: stagecraft, stage lighting, theater history and the design process itself. In so doing we will explore how a theatrical environment is conceived, moved to the drawing board for revision, then to the various shops and ultimately to the stage for interpretation by the audience which is the final element in the theatrical environment.

Course Expectations

The main function of any theatrical environment is communication. The designers use the various elements of design to communicate the vision of the director and playwright to the audience creating an environment for the physical presentation of theater and to create the appropriate environment for the characters to live their lives on stage.

Grading Standards

50-57% Projects / Assignments
26% Exams (2)
8-16% Paper(s) (1 or 2)
8% Participation / Labs / Application of knowledge

Final Exam12/9/2013  8:00am-10:00am

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

You are required to attend both main stage productions. From your observations you will write a short paper about each play. They will be due the week after each show's run. (See class calendar). Specific requirements for each paper will follow as the term progresses.
Required Viewing: Diary of Anne Frank, October 9-13.
                                  Wiley and the Hairy Man, November 21-24

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance in class is expected. You will be docked one full letter grade after three (3)
un-excused absences. A further full letter grade reduction will be added for each additional three (3) absences.
The Mid-Term Exam may be made up ONLY if you submit a verifiable MEDICAL EXCUSE or if you were absent from the campus on OFFICIAL COLLEGE BUSINESS. In either case you must submit a request to me IN WRITING for an alternate exam time. In the instance of absence due to College business, the request must be submitted at least 2 class periods prior to the scheduled exam date. Those with approved excuses must make up the exam within 3 working days of the scheduled exam. The Final Exam may not be made up at a later date.

Other Policies

You will complete a crew assignment in any of the areas listed below. A more specific sign-up sheet will be circulated next week.

1) Lighting Crew: Hang, cable, focus, gel all lighting instruments for a main stage show. Heavy concentration of work about 2 1/2 weeks before the show opens. (Aft./Evening work.) Dates/times to be announced later – either production.
Hang/Focus Crew: 4-6 people Running Crew: 1 person (Board Op)

2) Props Crew: Acquisition/Construction - Under the supervision of a crew head, you will be the ones to find, beg, borrow, build, paint, upholster, etc., all of the props that are needed for either of the shows.
1-2 Acquisitions/Const. Crew people Running Crew: 1-2 Crew people

3) Set Running Crew: Under the supervision of a crew head, you will be responsible for placing, striking, and shifting set units/props during Tech. Week and the run of Wiley and the Hairy Man.

NOTE: Running crews and board ops must be available evening hours the week before the show opens and the nights of performance. All crew members are required to attend the "strike" of the show. Students will be expected to work until their selected area's work is completed. Those consistently "unavailable" are not working to complete the assignment and will receive a grade reflective of such.

Each student can expected to put in approximately 20-25 hours per crew assignment. Your work attitude and your application of materials covered in the class will affect your grade.



Fall 2013 Stagecraft
Topic Reading Project
Aug. 26 Intro, Safety Ch 1
28 Safety
30 Stage Spaces Ch 2

Sept. 02 No Class
04 Tools Ch 7
06 Tools
09 Element of Design Ch 3 Proj #1 Due
11 Symbols
13 Design Process Ch 4
16 Color in Design Ch 5
18 Drafting Ch 6 Proj#A-1 Due
20 Drawings
23 Soft Scenery Ch 8
25 2D – Framed Scenery
27 Weight Bearing
30 Parallels Proj #A-2 Due

Oct. 02 Handling Scenery Ch 10
04 Flying Scenery
07 “ Ch 23
09 No Class
11 Mid Term Proj #B-1 Due
14 Turntables, Casters, etc.
16 Paper #1 Due
18 Discussion
21 Lighting & Instruments Ch 14, 17
23 “
25 “ Proj #B-2 Due
28 Distribution Ch 15, 21
30 Color Ch 16

Nov. 01 Control Ch 21 Proj #B-3 Due
04 Light Plots Ch 20
06 “
08 Brushes
11 Paint & Media Ch 9
13 Styles & Spattering
15 Work
18 Lining Bricks Due
20 Graining
22 Work
25-29 Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 02 Stenciling Graining Due
04 “
06 “
FINAL EXAM Wallpaper Due

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.