Introduction to Technical Theater (2nd Ed. In Production)

Introduction to Technical Theater (2nd Ed. In Production)

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A great overview of theater professionals and their responsibilities. This program is also appropriate for acting and survey classes.

  • Classifies the different roles in the theater hierarchy from producer and director, to conductor and vocal coach, to tech director and the many and varied various technicians.
  • Takes your students on a video field trip of Proscenium, Thrust, and Arena stages in professional, state-of-the-art facilities and a stage in a school gym.
  • Tour of a professional theater from the ticket booth to the green room, including the names of all the curtains, shops, backstage and FOH areas.
  • Visually subdivides the stage into the nine traditional acting areas, and addresses the 8 different directions scenery (and actors) can face the audience.

Hosts: Bob Fowler and Marti Fowler

The 2nd Edition of Intro will have new sections on Theatre History (including staging conventions of different periods), Production Concept, Script Analysis, Theatrical Styles, and other new updated sections. This program is also appropriate for Acting and Survey classes.

A Field Trip In A Box

Intro to Technical Theater takes your students on a virtual tour of different stage facilities and lets them meet working professionals, who explain what it is they do, and how they collaborate with other professionals to get their shows on the boards. In today's budget-crunched educational world, it is often too costly to take students on field trips to see different types of facilities and meet people "in the business." Intro to Technical Theater takes your students through a variety of settings....from state-of-the-art theaters to school gymnasiums.

Theater Hierarchy

What is the difference between a producer and a director? A tech director and a stage manager? A set prop and a hand prop? Intro to Technical Theater brings the producer of the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival into your classroom to talk about the duties of a producer. An actor/director with 16 years of Broadway, regional and international credits talks to your students about what a director does. Intro to Technical Theater explains and shows what each person and crew in a theatrical production is responsible for.

Types Of Stages

Intro to Technical Theater takes your students to various types of performance spaces. There are several types of spaces, like Proscenium, Thrust, and Arena, state-of-the-art facilities that are professional spaces that are shared amongst university programs. However, a stage can occur in a very different facility, like the space in a high school or middle school. Your students will get a realistic idea of the different kinds of facilities in which people put on plays.

Take A Backstage Tour

Walk through a professional theater that is home to national and international theater, music, and dance companies. Start in the lobby and walk through the auditorium, stopping at the control booth and sound mix position. Go above the auditorium to see the view from the FOH lighting positions. Ride the orchestra pit lift up to stage level and look at all the draperies, electrics, the wing area, the pin rail, and the stage manager's desk. Go behind the stage into the shops, stop at the callboard, and continue into the green room and dressing rooms.

Day 01 and 02: Theater Hierarchy:

Grades 5-8

8. Content Standard:

Understanding context by analyzing the role of theatre, film, television, and electronic media in the community and other cultures.

Achievement Standard:

  • b. Explain the knowledge, skills and discipline needed to pursue careers and avocational opportunities in theatre, film, television, and electronic media.

Grades 9-12

4. Content Standard:

Directing by interpreting dramatic texts and organizing and conducting rehearsals for informal and formal productions.

Achievement Standard, Advanced:

  • d. Explain and compare the roles and inter-related responsibilities of the various personnel involved in theatre, film, television, and electronic media.
  • f. Conduct auditions, cast actors, direct scenes, and conduct production meetings to achieve production goals.

Day 02 and 03: Types of Theaters and Stages:

National Arts Standards Addressed:

Grades 5-8

6. Content Standard:

Comparing and incorporating art forms, by analyzing methods of presentation and audience response for theatre, dramatic media (such as film, television, and electronic media) and other art forms.

Achievement Standard:

  • a. Describe characteristics and compare the presentation of characters, environments, and actions in theatre, musical theatre, dramatic media, dance and visual arts.

Grades 9-12

4. Content Standard:

Directing by interpreting dramatic texts and organizing and conducting rehearsals for informal or formal productions.

Achievement Standard, Proficient:

  • a. Develop multiple interpretations and visual and aural production choices for scripts and production ideas, and choose those that are most interesting.

Day 03: Stage Geography:

National Arts Standards Addressed:

Grades 5-8

1. Script writing by the creation of improvisations and scripted scenes based on personal experience and heritage, imagination, literature and history.

2. Achievement Standard:

  • b. Define and record dialogue and action.

Grades 9-12

4. Content Standard:

Directing by interpreting dramatic texts and organizing and conducting rehearsals for informal or formal productions.

Achievement Standard, Proficient:

  • c. Effectively communicate directorial choices to a small ensemble for improvised or scripted scenes.

Achievement Standard, Advanced:

  • f. Conduct auditions, cast actors, direct scenes, and conduct production meetings to achieve production goals.

Day 04: Theater Hierarchy, Types of Stages, Stage Geography Assessment:

Use Lesson Design Resource Sheets, Written Assessment Sheets, Written Assessment Answer Sheets, Written Assessment Answer Sheets Scoring Guides

Day 05 and 06: Parts of a Stages:

National Arts Standards Addressed:

Grades 5-8

6. Content Standard:

Comparing and incorporating art forms, by analyzing methods of presentation and audience response for theatre, dramatic media (such as film, television, and electronic media) and other art forms.

Achievement Standard:

  • a. Describe characteristics and compare the presentation of characters, environments, and actions in theatre, musical theatre, dramatic media, dance and visual arts.

Grades 9-12

4. Content Standard:

Directing by interpreting dramatic texts and organizing and conducting rehearsals for informal or formal productions.

Achievement Standard, Proficient:

  • c. Effectively communicate directorial choices to a small ensemble for improvised or scripted scenes.

Achievement Standard, Advanced:

  • 8. Collaborate with designers and actors to develop aesthetically unified production concept for informal and formal theatre, film/television, or electronic media productions.

Day 07: Parts of a Stages Assessment:

Lesson Design Resource Sheets, Written Assessment Sheets, Written Assessment Answer Sheets, Written Assessment Answer Sheets Scoring Guides

CHAPTER INDEX, AND ALIGNMENTS TO THE NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR ARTS EDUCATION (2015 - PRESENT)

Practical Technical Theatre Introduction to Technical Theatre Second EditionAlignments to the National Core Arts Theatre Standards

(Note:  The Theatre History Section of "Introduction to Technical Theatre" will be included when the new edition is rolled out.  Anticipated roll-out date is De\cember, 2018)

TH: Cr1.1.5

B. Propose design ideas that support the story and given circumstances in a drama/theatre work.

 

TH: Cr1.1.6

B. Identify solutions to design challenges in a drama/theatre work.

 

TH: Cr1.1.7

B. Explain and present solutions to design challenges in a drama/theatre work.

 

TH: Cr1.1.8

B. Imagine and explore solutions to design challenges of a performance space in a drama/theatre work.

 

HS Proficient TH: Cr1.1. I

B. Explore the impact of technology on design choices in a drama/theatre work.

 

HS Accomplished TH: Cr1.1. II

B. Understand and apply technology to design solutions for a drama/theatre work.

 

HS Advanced TH: Cr1.1. III

B. Create a complete design for a drama/theatre work that incorporates all elements of technology.

 

TH: Cr2.1.5

B. Participate in defined responsibilities required to present a drama/theatre work informally to an audience.

 

TH: Cr2.1.6

B. Contribute ideas and accept and incorporate the ideas of others in preparing or devising drama/theatre work.

 

TH: Cr2.1.7

B. Demonstrate mutual respect for self and others and their roles in preparing or devising drama/theatre work.

 

TH: Cr2.1. 8

B. Share leadership and responsibilities to develop collaborative goals when preparing or devising drama/theatre work.

 

HS Proficient TH: Cr2. 1. I

B. Investigate the collaborative nature of the actor, director, playwright and designers and explore their interdependent roles in drama/theatre work.

 

HS Accomplished TH: Cr2.1. II

B. Cooperate as a creative team to make interpretive choices for a drama/theatre work.

 

HS Advanced TH: Cr2.1. III

B. Collaborate as a creative team to discover artistic solutions and make interpretive choices in a devised or scripted drama/theatre work.

 

 

TH: Pr5.1.5

B. Demonstrate the use of technical elements in a drama/theatre work.

 

TH: Pr5.1.6

B. Articulate how technical elements are integrated into a drama/theatre work.

 

TH: Pr5.1.7

B. Choose a variety of technical elements that can be applied to a design in a drama/theatre work.

 

TH: Pr5.1.8

B. Use a variety of technical elements to create a design for a rehearsal or drama/theatre production.

 

HS Proficient TH: Pr5.1. I

B. Use researched technical elements to increase the impact of design for a drama/theatre production.

 

HS Accomplished TH: Pr5. 1. II

B. Apply technical elements and research to create a design that communicates the concept of a drama/theatre production.

 

HS Advanced TH: Pr.5.1. III

B. Explain and justify the selection of technical elements used to build a design that communicates the concept of a drama/theatre production.

 

TH: Re7.1.5

A. Explain personal reactions to artistic choices made in a drama/theatre work through participation and observation.

 

 

TH: Re7.1.6

A. Describe and record personal reactions to artistic choices in a drama/theatre work.

 

TH: Re7.1.7

A.Compare recorded personal and peer reactions to artistic choices in a drama/theatre work.

 

TH: Re7.1.8

A.Apply criteria to the evaluation of artistic choices in a drama/theatre work.

 

HS Proficient TH: Re7.1. I

A. Respond to what is seen, felt, and heard in a drama/theatre work to develop criteria for artistic choices.

 

HS Accomplished TH: Re7.1. II

A.Demonstrate and understanding of multiple interpretations of artistic criteria and how each might be used to influence future artistic choices of a drama/theatre work.

 

HS Advanced TH: Re7.1. III

A.Use historical and cultural context to structure and justify personal responses to a drama/theatre work.

 

TH: Cn11.2.5

B. Identify historical sources that explain drama/theatre terminology and conventions.

 

TH: Cn11.2.6

B. Investigate the time period and place of a drama/theatre work to better understand performance and design choices.

 

TH: Cn11.2.7

B. Examine artifacts from a time period and geographic location to better understand performance and design choices in a drama/theatre work.

 

TH: Cn11.2.8

B. Identify and use artifacts from a time period and place to develop performance and design choices in a drama/theatre work.

 

HS Proficient TH: Cn11.2. I

B. Use basic theatre research methods to better understand the social and cultural background of a drama/theatre work.

 

HS Accomplished TH: Cn11.2. II

B. Explore how personal beliefs and biases can affect the interpretation of research data applied in drama/theatre work.

 

 

HS Advanced TH: Cn11.2. III

B. Present and support an opinion about the social, cultural, and historical understanding of a drama/theatre work, based on critical research.