Stagecraft OpenCourseWare: A Free Bachelor Level Theater Production Course by MIT

Published Feb 11, 2009

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Gain insight on theatrical set construction with 'Introduction to Stagecraft,' an OpenCourseWare offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This free online course provides a general overview on the process of stagecraft as is it done at MIT's prestigious theater department. This course contains helpful information for individuals seeking a bachelor's degree in Theater or for someone working in a community theater.

Introduction to Stagecraft: Course Specifics

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Introduction to Stagecraft: Course Description

Modeled after a hands-on course at the MIT campus, this OpenCourseWare summarizes the methods used in quality set construction. It also outlines some of the equipment and tools used at MIT's theater department. Professors William Fregosi, Leslie Cocuzzo Held, Michael Katz and Karen Perlow present this course in lecture format with guidelines for applying good coordination practices between the production crew and the stage manager. These practices are outlined in the Stage Management Manual, including philosophies for good collaboration between the stage manager and the lighting, sound, and stage crew. This OpenCourseWare also highlights specific production ideas that were developed by on-campus students of this course.

The Stage Management Manual, along with a detailed list of industry-standard equipment, can be found online for free download. More detailed information can be found on the 'Introduction to Stagecraft' course home page.

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