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THE1022 Essential Stage Management

Semester 2, 2011 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts

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Examiner: Michael Smalley
Moderator: Scott Alderdice


This course provides an introduction to the technical/production areas of theatre. It provides study, training and experience in the duties, procedures and responsibilities of entry level technical theatre positions and explores the theory and practice of scenography.


This course provides an introduction to the production areas of theatre for those students who wish to pursue a career in the live theatre industry. This course will introduce the artistry and professional practice involved in all technical theatre disciplines.


On completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. the comprehension and application of key aspects of the roles of entry level technical theatre artists;
  2. a professional literacy of the skills and demands of the roles of entry level technical theatre artists;
  3. management, planning and organisation skills required in the application of the diversity of areas in production and artistic interaction;
  4. initiative and teamwork skills commensurate with the aptitude to work in a professional theatre environment.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Occupational Health and Safety 10.00
2. The artistry of technical theatre 10.00
3. Scenographic History 10.00
4. The production process 10.00
5. Set 10.00
6. Props 10.00
7. Costumes 10.00
8. Lighting 10.00
9. Sound 10.00
10. Stage Management 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • 2 x Black 'T' Shirts; 2 x Black Shirts; 1 x Black Trousers; 2 x Black Socks; 1 x Black Shoes.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Apperson, L 1998, Stage managing and theatre etiquette: a basic guide, Ivan R Dee, Chicago.
  • Campbell, D 2005, Technical theater for nontechnical people, 2nd edn, Allworth Press, New York.
  • Copley, S 2001, Stage management: a practical guide, Crowood, Marlborough.
  • Fazio, L 2000, Stage manager: the professional experience, Focal Press, Boston.
  • Kelly, T A 1999, The back stage guide to stage management, 2nd edn, Back Stage Books, New York.
  • Pallin, G 2000, Stage management: the essential handbook, Queensgate, Cookham.
  • White, C A 2001, Technical theatre: a practical introduction, Arnold, London.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 126.00
Lectures 39.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives assessed Graduate skill Level assessed Notes
ASSIGN 1 - PRAC WORK 100 40 28 Oct 2011 1,3,4 U3,U6,U8,U9 1 (see note 1)
ASSIGN 2 - DESIGN PAPERWORK 100 40 28 Oct 2011 1,2,3 U3,U8,U9 1 (see note 2)
ASSIGN 3 - PRODUCT'N & CASEBK 100 20 04 Nov 2011 1,2,3,4 U3,U9 1 (see note 3)

  1. Students will be advised of all Assignment requirements in the first week of classes
  2. Students will be advised of All Assignment requirments in the first week of classes
  3. Students will be advised of all Assignment requirements in the first week of classes.

Graduate qualities and skills

Elements of the following USQ Graduate Skills are associated with the sucessful completion of this course.
Academic, professional and digital literacy (U3)Introductory (Level 1)
Teamwork (U6)Introductory (Level 1)
Management, planning and organisational skills (U8)Introductory (Level 1)
Creativity, initiative and enterprise (U9)Introductory (Level 1)

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the student's responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To successfully complete an individual assessment item, a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. This statement must be read in conjunction with Statement 4 below.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without extenuating circumstances and without prior approval, then a penalty of a maximum of 5% of the assigned mark may apply for each working day late, up to a maximum of 10 working days, at which time a mark of zero can be recorded for that assignment.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade, a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no exam for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Given the details under (6) above, there are no deferred exams for this course. However, if any deferred/makeup work is granted, it would have to be submitted by a date set by the examiner.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. (a) The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must lodge the assignment at the USQ. (b) All Faculty of Arts assignments must be lodged in the Faculty Assessment Centre on the Ground Floor of Q Block no later than 12 noon on the due date. (c) In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the examiner's convenience. (d). Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if requested by the Examiner. (e) In accordance with University's Assignment Extension Policy (Regulation 5.6.1), the examiner of a course may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances such as documented ill-health. (f) Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in the course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of the course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete-Makeup). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non-directed personal study. (g) Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or sit for an examination at the scheduled time, may apply to defer an assessment in the course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded: IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  2. Students are strongly advised to maintain regular contact with their supervisor.