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Theatre: Theatrical Design and Production for Educators**
Course Description

The purpose of this course is to give theatre teachers the resources and methods to teach theatrical design and production in a high school theatre class. In essence, the intent is to provide someone who is not familiar with technical theatre the confidence to effectively and safely teach tech theatre.

At the end of this course, participants will be able to teach the WV Theatre CSO – “Design & Production: Students will design and produce by conceptualizing and realizing artistic interpretations for informal or formal productions.

As part of this course, participates will explore the different aspects of technical theatre to assesses their own strengths and find out where they can get help with their weaknesses in the effort to be able to use what they have creatively and effectively put on a play within their means.

Course Syllabus

 Theatrical Design and Production for Educators**

By the end of this course, participants will understand:

  • Basic Technical Theatre & Stage Management
  • How to design a simple set
  • How to organize costumes and design hair & make-up
  • Where to get prop construction instruction & manage props for a show
  • How to select sound effects and music for a show
  • How to talk to a lighting designer for the lights you need for a show


The ability to use Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and access YouTube, and iTunes.

Participants must also have the ability to download and open an.pdf files.

Format and Requirements

This workshop is divided into six one-week sessions which each include readings, activities, and an online discussion among workshop participants. The time necessary to complete each session is estimated to be two to four hours.

The outline for the workshop is as follows:

Session One

Basic Technical Theatre and Stage Management

Session Two

Set Design

Session Three

Costume Design and Make-up

Session Four

Prop Construction and Management

Session Five

Sound Design

Session Six

Lighting Design

Session One-Basic Technical Theatre and Stage Management

This session is to introduce students to technical theatre through the study of the types of stages, stage terms, safety in the theatre, and jobs in the theatre. Because new theatre teachers usually "wear many hats" when doing a play at their school, stage management is separated and explored in more detail as a separate topic, so that teachers can train students to do that specific job for them.

Session 2-Set Design

This session is to introduce teachers to the elements of set design in order to provide the training to design a basic set for a show at their school. These elements can also be given to high school students to design a set either for a play or a WV Thespians Student Tech Project.

Session 3-Costume Design and Make-up

This session introduces the teacher to costume design, costume organization in a production, and hair & make-up design in a production. Once again, these design elements can either for a real school production or for a WV Thespians Student Tech Project.

Session 4-Prop Construction and Management

Although how to construct a prop is loosely discussed, prop management is more deeply discussed and explored. Running crews, safety, and prop handling and organization are all covered during this session.

Session 5-Sound Design

Sound design is a very complex part of the theatre. It takes years for technicians to learn how to set up and run a sound system for the theatre. Due to the time limit of this course, we will not go into a lot of the technical details of sound design. We will however work to understand how sound design is created, identify the different types of sound cues, and understand how music can symbolize key themes and characters of plays.

Session 6-Lighting Design

Lighting design is a very complex art form of the theatre. It takes years for designers to learn how to "paint with light". Due to the time limit of this course and to the fact that most new theatre teachers have little or no experience with stage lighting, we will not go into a lot of the technical details of lighting design. We will however try to understand what lighting design is and learn how to communicate what stage lighting you want in a play to an actual lighting designer.



All assignments posted to the dropbox or will be either given a COMPLETE, INCOMPLETE, OR NOT ATTEMPTED assessment. All work is to equate to a A or B at the graduate level of coursework. Discussion guidelines are to be observed throughput the course. The Participant Memorandum of Understanding is in effect for this and all other WVDE eLearning for  Educators courses.


Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, Theatrical Design & Production for Educators, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion documenting successful completion of the course requirements. Certificates are distributed to each qualifying participant via email shortly after the completion of the course.


Non-Degree Graduate Credit Information

Participants in this course are eligible to receive non-degree graduate credits from either West Virginia University, Marshall University or Concord University. Credits will be awarded at the end of the semester in which the course occurs. Additional information is available on the course News/Welcome Page.


Content and Technology Standards

This workshop, Theatrical Design & Production for Educators, will help participants meet the ISTE Educational Technology Standards and Performance Indicators for All Teachers (http://edtechleaders.org/documents/NETSAdminTeachers.pdf), especially Standards II, III, IV, and V.For more information about Technology Integration visit: http://www.iste.org

In addition, participants will identify specific WV Content Standards and Objectives (http://wvde.state.wv.us/csos/) as they engage in course content.