Stage Properties

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Course Description:
This course focuses on the collection and production of stage properties. Students will be introduced to the history, style, and ornamentation of scenic and hand properties. 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 1 and II. 3rd ed. 2013. J. Ellen Gainor, Stanton B. Garner Jr. & Martin Puchner. Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc. ISBN: 9780393283495.

Hart, Eric, The Prop Building Guidebook: For Theatre, Film, and TV. 2nd ed. Focal Press. ISBN: 9781138183674.


Assignment/course outline:

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


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

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 the process of stage property collection and production Th1, Th2 Homework, Quizzes, Test, Cumulative Final, Projects, Practicum
Define terms and practices relating to the categorization and production techniques of stage properties Th1, Th2, Th3, Th4  
Analyze dramatic texts, genres, and theatre history as it relates to stage properties Th1, Th2, Th4  
Identify tools and materials used for property construction and production Th1, Th2, Th3, Th4  
Analyze history, style, and ornamentation of scenic and stage properties Th1, Th2, Th4  
Display the skills and professional demeanor essential for the effective participation on properties crew Th1, Th3, Th4  


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

The instructor will introduce students to the collection and production of stage properties via a combination of lectures, videos, reading assignments, collaboration, out-of-class assignments and practicum.  In addition to classroom time, there will be production hours required outside of class.  Each student will be expected to read all assigned material as well as complete all assignments. The instructor will provide timely feedback on assignments and hold weekly office hours to address further questions and student needs outside of class time. The final grade will be based on class participation, exams and quizzes, practical assessments and a cumulative final exam.

Students are expected to:

  • Arrive to class on time
  • Turn in assignments on time
  • Participate in discussions and be focused in class
  • Read all assigned readings of text, plays and outside sources
  • Complete all written assignments, quizzes, practical assessments and final exam
  • Participate on a technical crew for a Chipola College production
  • Attend one theatrical production produced by an organization other than Chipola College

Make‑up work is the responsibility of the student, as covered in the instructor’s First Day Handout.

PLAGIARISM is academic dishonesty and may be defined as submitting another’s work as your own.  It includes failure to use quotation marks or other conventional marking around material quoted from any printed or electronic source.  Plagiarism shall also include paraphrasing a specific source without indicating accurately what the source is.  Plagiarism shall further include downloading essays or letting another person compose or rewrite a student's written assignment.  Plagiarism will result in a zero (0) for the assignment.


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