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THE1022 Essential Stage Management

Semester 2, 2014 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication

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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. 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. Scenography 30.00
3. Sets, Props and Costumes 20.00
4. Lighting 10.00
5. Sound 10.00
6. Stage Management 10.00
7. Production Processes and Roles and Responsibilities 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Campbell, D 2007, Technical theater for nontechnical people, 2nd edn, Allworth Press, New York.
  • McKinney, J & Butterworth, P 2009, The Cambridge introduction to scenography, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • 2 x Black 'T' Shirts; 2 x Black Shirts; 1 x Black Trousers; 2 x Black Socks; 1 x Black Shoes. These are not available from the USQ Bookshop. Students are advised that depending on their assigned production role, they may be required to purchase additional materials and/or tools.

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.
  • Aronson, A 2005, Looking into the abyss: essays on scenography, University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor.
  • Baugh, C 2005, Theatre, performance and technology: the development of scenography in the twentieth century, Palgrave Macmillan, New York.
  • Copley, S 2001, Stage management: a practical guide, Crowood, Marlborough.
  • Fraser, N 1988, Lighting and Sound, Phaidon, London.
  • McAuley, G 2000, Space in performance: making meaning in the theatre, University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 87.00
Lectures 78.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PRACTICAL PROJECT 100 35 31 Oct 2014 (see note 1)
SCENOGRAPHIC PRESENTATION 100 35 31 Oct 2014 (see note 2)
PRACTICAL TEST 100 30 14 Nov 2014 (see note 3)

  1. Further details about the due dates are provided to students at the first class meeting for the semester.
  2. Further details about the due dates are provided to students at the first class meeting for the semester.
  3. The test will be conducted during the exam block at the end of semester

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students? 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. Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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:
    The examination in this course is a Closed examination. Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any deferred or supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  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. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary 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.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a 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).

  10. Students may be assigned an "Incomplete" grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded "I" can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Failing grade.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.