Practicum courses provide students with the opportunity to earn university credit for acting in or working backstage on department theatre productions. Introductory backstage roles include set crew, running crew, dresser, lighting operator, sound operator, projections operator, or assistant stage manager. More advanced backstage roles include stage manager, assistant director, assistant designer, designer, or dramaturg. The course numbers for practicums are THEA 299, 399, 499, 290, and 295.
Students can enroll in practicum courses by auditioning for acting roles or by expressing interest in a backstage role to the production coordinator. Auditions take place throughout the year, so check the Auditions page for upcoming dates. Students wanting to work backstage should contact the Production Coordinator.
Being involved in a show requires a high level of commitment and can, depending on a student’s role and responsibilities, involve a significant number of hours of work. Before you enroll in a practicum, you should carefully read the production schedule to ensure you are available whenever you’re required.
Acting in a play usually requires students to attend up to 4 rehearsals per week for 8-10 weeks, to be present for all technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and performances, and to spend time outside of rehearsal learning lines. Currently, our rehearsals are always on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, and on Sunday afternoons and/or evenings. Seasoned theatre students know to keep their schedules free to be available for all rehearsal and show dates.
Stage managers and assistant stage managers attend all rehearsals and production meetings. They are also expected to arrive early and stay late for all technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and performances.
Backstage roles that are concentrated during the run of the show (set crew, running crew, dresser, lighting operator, sound operator, projections operator) require students to sit in on a few rehearsals, and to attend all technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and performances.
Design and assistant design roles are often more flexible, as much of the work is done independently. In addition to the time spent working on the design, student designers and assistant designers are expected to attend some rehearsals and performances, all technical and dress rehearsals, and to be available to meet with other designers and the director outside of rehearsal times.
We offer five practicum courses.