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Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2013/2014

Term: 3

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Patrick Brennan


Office: L.R. Wilson Hall 2015

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 20379

Office Hours: T13-122, Monday 14.30-15.30, or by appointment

Course Objectives:

Course Description:
Students will explore the contribution of design, production and stage
management to theatrical production through studio exercises and work on
department productions.
Organizing Topics
•Managing within a devised process
•Forms and format for Stage and Production Management
•Financial Management
•Scheduling for the Performing Arts
•Event Management
•Human Relations within an Artistic Context
•Heath and Safety and the role of the supervisor
•Professional pathways and standards
Technical Topics
•Lighting technology and Control systems
•Sound technology and Control systems
•Video technology and Control systems
•Scenic woodworking
•Costume and properties construction
•Visualization Tools, drawing, models, CAD and 3D
Scenographic Practice
•Scenic design practice
•Lighting design practice
•Sound design practice
•Projection design practice
•Costume design practice
•Forms and format for scenographic practice

Methods of Instruction
1. A team of students will be assigned to work closely with students in
TH&FLM 4AO6 supporting the production work in the capacity of stage
managers, production managers, and assistant designers. In first term,
students will assist and support the development of a three short projects
(sound, lighting, scene) with student from 4AO6. In the second term,
students will present their short performance piece to the public. Rehearsals
for this production will begin in first term.
2. Research, interpretation and production - RIP analysis - Through discussion
and short lectures we will look at the practice of developing analytic
approaches to the emerging productions. We explore the different needs
within each design and managerial department as well as the common
overlap in production.
3. Workshops focused on technical skills
4. Tutorial sessions supporting the production and rehearsal of the assigned
Theatre an Society: Performance Project.

Learning Outcomes
1. An understanding of management processes and roles in the performing
2. An understanding of theatrical space, light and acoustics.
3. Develop skills in critical analysis and visual communication.
4. Develop skills in making a reflective record of participation.
5. Develop self and group motivation, negotiation and collaboration in relation
to specified tasks and deadlines.

Method of Assessment:

Method of Evaluation
First term
• Visual and auditory world of the play 5%
• Health and Safety quiz 5%
• Lab test - lighting, sound and video 5%
• Set Model, design notes, and research 10%
Honours Thesis Project Total 75% of final assessment
• Scene Presentation (first term) 10%
Scene Presentation Report (first term) 5%
• First draft Feb 1/2 10%
• Final Production 25%
• Final report 5%
• Collaboration 20%

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

This is a self-reporting tool for undergraduate students to report absences DUE TO MINOR MEDICAL SITUATIONS that last up to 5 days and provides the ability to request accommodation for any missed academic work. Please note, this tool cannot be used during any final examination period. You may submit a maximum of 1 Academic Work Missed request per term. It is YOUR responsibility to follow up with your Instructor immediately (NORMALLY WITHIN TWO WORKING DAYS) regarding the nature of the accommodation. If you are absent for reasons other than medical reasons, for more than 5 days, or exceed 1 request per term, you MUST visit your Associate Dean's Office/Faculty Office). You may be required to provide supporting documentation. This form should be filled out immediately when you are about to return to class after your absence.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:

Recommended Texts
Character Costume Figure Drawing: Step-by-Step Drawing Methods for Theatre
Costume Designers by Tan Huaixiang
Devising Theatre: A Practical and Theoretical Handbook by A. Oddey
Sound and Music for the Theatre, Third Edition: The Art & Technique of Design
Deena Kaye and James LeBrecht, Focal Press
Stage Lighting Design: The Art, the Craft, the Life by Richard Pilbrow
Stage Management (9th Edition) by L. Stern

What is Scenography by PAMELA HOWARD

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