Shop Safety & Set Construction
For The Acting Teacher
Many secondary theater teachers have a very strong background in performance and directing, but feel less comfortable swinging a hammer or using a power tool. Basic Set Construction and Theater Safety is a program geared towards those teachers and towards aspiring technical theater students. The program was developed by Bob and Marti Fowler, career theater teachers with over 60 years of combined educational and professional theatrical experience.
A theater can be a very dangerous place to work. While this program is by no means an exhaustive OSHA analysis of your theater, there are basic safety rules that apply to any theater.
Basic Set Construction and Theater Safety also shows, through demonstration, not just lecture, how to safely use common hand tools. These tools are divided into three categories: measuring and marking, cutting and shaping, and joining tools.
Basic Set Construction and Theater Safety begins with a tour of a completed interior set. The DVD then breaks the set into it's component parts. The tour stops and returns to the shop and shows how to construct practical set pieces such as platforms, stair units, and wagons. Scale drawings, and computer generated graphics reinforce the construction techniques shown on the program. Flat construction is next, including joining techniques such as how to use hinges and lash lines, battens and keeper hooks, and how to dutchman. Finally, how to dress out a set with set props is examined.
Striking the Set
Striking a set can be the most hazardous time of a production. Basic safety guidelines and the order in which a set is struck are covered.