ENTERTAINMENT TECHNOLOGY TH 245
9:30-11:00 Tuesday and Thursday
Instructor: Heath Hansum
Office: Coleman Hall 135 577-3492
Office Hours: M-W-F 11-12
1. To create or improve students awareness and respect for the technology and design involved in stage productions. The course will familiarize students with design procedures for various areas in live theatre, music concerts and dance production.
performance art, industrial presentation, and staged music concerts.
3. To improve the students ability to conceptualize technical design ideas and communicate them to the production team clearly using verbal and visual means.
This course is intended to instill the confidence and basic knowledge necessary to function in many different environments including, but not limited to, the facilities in Coleman and Tustin theatres. The course is intended to create a pool of capable students interested in designing, and providing technical support for stage productions.
Expected Results of the Course
Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:
-Understand the function of a production team, design and production meetings,
technical analysis, rehearsals.
-Understand basic electrical theory
-Safely use tools and materials to build and rig stage scenery
-Operate sound playback and recording equipment.
-Set up portable and lighting systems
-Identify all major areas and equipment in the physical theatre space.
-Develop computer skills relevant to entertainment tech
-Safely and efficiently rig from a lighting plot
-Effectively utilize verbal and visual means to illustrate design ideas.
-Identify most types of lighting instruments, electrical cable, connectors and lamps
-Build special effects devices
-Understand multiple control protocols used in theatre and entertaiment
Methods of Instruction
1. Classroom discussion / lecture followed by hands-on demonstration / usage of current subject matter.
Theatrical Design and Production 3rd ed. J. Michael Gillette
Backstage Handbook 2nd ed. Paul Carter
Assignments / Grading
1. Several brief quizzes on recent topics discussed in class.
2. Several projects demonstrating design approaches concepts and an understanding of the procedures, methods and equipment presented in class.
3. The grading breaks down as follows:
Quizzes 40% Projects 40% Final Project 20%
4. Three (3) unexcused absences will result in a lower grade by one letter.
Six (6) unexcused absences will result in a lower grade by an additional letter.
Nine (9) Forget it. Stay home.
1. Twenty-seven (28) class meetings + one (1) final exam period.
2. Approximately one (1) topic covered in class per period followed by practical discussion of equipment, techniques and discussions of design aesthetics and concepts.
3. Field trips and professional visitors will augment classroom discussion whenever available and appropriate.
4. Everyone is required to attend the mainstage Theatre and Dance performances during the semester.
1. There is a thirty (30) hour lab requirement in which you must work in one of the shops. (Costume, Electrics, Carpentry, Paint, Props) 15 hours must be completed by fall break. The remainder must be completed before finals.
2. Everyone should work on the mainstage production light rigs and strikes. (They count as lab hours.) They are scheduled as follows.
Saturday September 9 Tustin Black Box
Saturday October 14 Harvey Powers Theatre
Sunday November 12 Harvey Powers Theatre
Strikes will occur on the following dates:
Monday October 30 Harvey Powers Theatre
Saturday November 11 Harvey Powers Theatre
Saturday December 9 Harvey Powers Theatre
Recommended Tools / Reading
Adjustable wrench on lanyard
Mini Mag flashlight
Multipurpose tool (Leatherman or Gerber tool)
Lighting Dimensions - lighting magazine
Theatre Crafts International (TCI) - entertainment design and tech magazine
Mix magazine sound engineering
Electronic Musician - sound engineering