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Stagecraft Overview

The formal study of stagecraft at Taft introduces students to the foundation skills for the realization of stage scenery, costumes, lighting, sound, and properties. With an emphasis on safety, students apply fundamental construction methods to hands-on theater projects, and work with theater-specific electronics and technology.

Students may also pursue a more in depth course study on theater technology and stage design, with an emphasis on sets, costumes, lights, and sound. From conception to opening night, students explore the roles of the producer, director, designers, actors, stage managers, and theater technicians. They make models, render costumes, draft blueprints, create sound effects, and manage computer-controlled light.

Outside of the classroom, our stage crews build and paint scenery, learn to hang and focus lighting instruments and how to sew costumes. Students serve as stage manager, sound and light board operators, stagehands, prop and wardrobe-running crew during each of our three annual main-stage productions.

Stagecraft Course Offerings

AT511: Stagecraft

Term: Semester 1

This course introduces the student to the foundation skills for the realization of stage scenery, costumes, lighting, sound, and properties. The student will learn fundamental construction methods, stage electrics, and theater-specific computer programs. Hands-on projects will be assigned to practice safe and effective technical theater techniques.

AT514: Theater Technology and Design

Term: Semester 2

This course introduces the student to theater technology and stage design, by exploring the question: How is a theatrical production created? From conception to opening night, the student investigates the roles of the producer, director, designers, actors, stage managers, and theater technicians. Special attention is given to the four design fields of the modern theater: sets, costumes, lights, and sound. Projects will include model-making, costume rendering, drafting, and computer-controlled light and sound effects.

AT591: Independent Tutorial in Theater

Term: Semester 1

This is an opportunity for a student to work with a member of the Department on a project in which they share a common interest. Open to Seniors by permission of the Department Head and the Dean of Academic Affairs.

AT592: Independent Tutorial in Theater

Term: Semester 2

This is an opportunity for a student to work with a member of the Department on a project in which they share a common interest. Open to Seniors by permission of the Department Head and the Dean of Academic Affairs.