Introduction to Theatre Production

Course Code: TPA1201

Credit Hours: 3

Effective beginning: Fall 2020


Course Description:
This course will introduce students to practices of technical production areas: scenic construction, lighting, audio, properties, and running crews. Students will become familiar with the glossary of technical technology, backstage etiquette, and career opportunities in technical theatre. In addition to lecture, there will be production hours outside of class.

Course Details


Connie Smith
Building X, Office:  X223


Required textbooks/ course materials:

The Norton Anthology of Drama, Vol I and II. 3rd ed. J. Ellen Gainor, Stanton B. Garner Jr. & Martin Puchner. Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.  ISBN: 9780393283495.

Illustrated Theatre Production Guide. 3rd ed. 2014. John Ramsey Holloway. Taylor & Francis. ISBN: 9780415717526.


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

College-Level Competency: Interpret, evaluate, and appreciate works of human culture

H-1      Compare works of the humanities (art, philosophy, architecture, literature, film, theatre and/or music) in various cultures or literary movements

H-2      Analyze artistic expressions (art, philosophy, architecture, literature, film, theatre and/or music)

H-3      Communicate informed responses to works of the humanities (art, philosophy, architecture, literature, film, theatre and/or music)

H-4      Explain thematic connections among works of the humanities (art, philosophy, architecture, literature, film, theatre and/or music)


Theatre Studies Competency: Interpret, evaluate, and appreciate dramatic texts, the methods by which dramatic texts are realized in production, and engage in the collaborative communication and processes of theatre production.

Th-1:   Identify aspects of the theatrical production process including performance, directing, design, technical production, marketing, and management.

Th-2:   Analyze dramatic texts and theatrical productions.

Th-3:   Apply performance and/or production practices through work on various theatrical productions.

Th-4:   Demonstrate knowledge of the history, literature, theories, and skills needed for advanced study or a career in theatre arts and entertainment industry.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level Student Learning ObjectivesDiscipline-Specific 
Learning Outcomes
Assessment Methods
Investigate history and practices of technical theatre production H1, H2, Th1, Th2 Homework, Quizzes, Test, Cumulative Final, Practicum
Examine duties of stagehand, lighting, sound, and wardrobe personnel Th1, Th2  
Analyze dramatic texts, genres, and theatre history as it relates to theatre production H1, H2, H3, H4, Th1, Th2, Th4  
Define theatrical technical terminology H1, H2, Th1, Th2, Th4  
Identify tools and protocols used for technical production Th1, Th2, Th4  
Employ skills and professional demeanor essential for effective participation in technical production Th1, Th3, Th4  


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  1. Assigned readings of text, plays, and outside sources
  2. Class lecture, notes, handouts, and practicum.
  3. Quizzes, exams, and practical assessments.
  4. Participation on a technical crew for a production.
  5. Attend one theatrical production outside of Chipola College.


College-wide policies and resources

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