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2015 Elective Course

Ashland, Oregon

A weeklong three-credit graduate level course geared toward high school and community college theatre educators, introducing the fundamentals of set up, programming, and execution of lighting designs, utilizing the ETC family of computerized lighting consoles. This course will utilize the ETC Element and ETC ION consoles for the training, however if your school owns any computerized lighting console many of the concepts covered will apply and empower you to return home and pursue a better understanding of the lighting console in your theater.

  • Demystifying the operation of computerized lighting consoles, students work with the console every day in morning classroom instruction and afternoon lighting lab environments.
  • Learn the basics of setting up and connecting the console to a simple dimming system. Including hardware connections and Patching.
  • Learn techniques for manipulating channels and recording lighting cues, including the multitude of options for cue timings and links.
  • Creating Effects.
  • Introduction to patching and controlling intelligent lighting fixtures and accessories, including automated lighting fixtures and LED fixtures.
  • Learn to save time and create better lighting cues faster, by gaining confidence in using a computerized lighting console.

Let’s cut to the chase…. How would you like to be able to do this?

You Tube Video Link: http://youtu.be/_ksYnIBycSk

The cue at 2:48 is just awesome! We won’t have this many automated lighting fixtures for our class – but none the less, the final projects will be a blast and most importantly YOU will do all the work, and you will know how to do it. Students will execute two final projects, one similar to the above link and a second that is geared toward more traditional musical theater.

Faculty

Jonathan Spencer, Lighting Design faculty at SOU ACTS Program

Website: http://www.jspencerdesign.com/

Daily Schedule

7:00-8:00 am Breakfast

9:00-11:30 am Morning Session

11:30 am-12:30 pm     Lunch

1:00-3:00 pm Afternoon Session I (Lab)                  

3:15-5:00 pm Afternoon Session II (Lab)

5:30-6:30 pm Dinner

7/31 Final days schedule is all lab hours.

Evening Schedule

Wednesday 7/29 8:00p. OSF's Head Over Heels ( OPTIONAL WORLD PREMIER - $53 ticket )

Thursday 7/30 7:00p – 10:00p Group Devising for Final projects

Friday 7/31 7:00p – 8:30p Final Project presentations

Note: content, dates and times are subject to change

Application Information

Space is limited to eighteen students. This course may serve as an elective course requirement for the Master of Theatre Studies degree. Registration priority is given to Master of Theatre Studies students until February 15, 2015. After February 16, students wishing to enroll in this week-long course for professional development or personal interest may do so. The enrollment deadline is April 1, 2015 (postmark).

Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree or permission of the instructor.

Note: ACTS Master of Theatre Studies applicants do not need to send additional deposit and resume; simply respond with your elective course choice on the document that will be mailed to you.

Students who are new to Southern Oregon University and are not returning to or applying for admittance to the graduate program should apply online as non-admitted students.

This online process will generate a MySOU account and provide registration instructions.

We will send notification letters postmarked in mid-April. At that time we will send you your pre-session assignment. You will be billed separately by SOU for your tuition and housing.

2015 Elective Course

Ashland, Oregon

A weeklong three-credit graduate level course geared toward high school and community college theatre educators, introducing the basics of computer-aided design using the professional CAD package VectorWorks Spotlight 2015. In addition to being the entertainment industry's standard CAD platform, VW is also the only major CAD program available for both computer platforms, so no matter if your school is Mac or PC, there's a version of VW for you.

  • Demystify computer-aided design with VectorWorks
  • Create two-dimensional ground plans, elevations, and section views of scenic designs quickly and efficiently
  • Produce 3-D virtual models easily from the two-dimensional work
  • Generate lighting plots that interface with your hook-ups and other lighting paperwork
  • Learn how to save time and keep better records of the design work for your productions
  • Explore an additional free, downloadable software that you can teach your students
  • Attend the Oregon Shakespeare Festival production of Tenth Muse
  • Come away with a ground plan and basic lighting plot of your school theatre venue on your own thumbdrive -- ready to make your next production more efficient!

Important Notes:

This is not a class for the computer novice. As pre-requisite, it is essential that you are fully versed in basic personal computing skills. Previous experience with other design programs (PhotoShop, Illustrator, Sketchup, etc.) is not required but is certainly a plus.  Students will need to bring a thumb drive; a modern laptop, either Windows or MAC with available space on the hard drive is recommended.
You must also possess a basic understanding of traditional drafting terminology and methods. Once you are accepted, we will send you textbook information for study prior to beginning the course.

Here's what our students say:

  • "Sean led us gently into the turbulent waters of a very complex system. He was invaluable."
  • "The instruction booklet was fantastic – and of course learning enough of VectorWorks to take off!"
  • "I feel confident I could go home and render a set."
  • "Awesome techniques I will definitely use in the future!"

Faculty

Sean O'Skea, Scenic Design faculty at SOU

Daily Schedule

7:00-8:00 am Breakfast
9:00-11:00 am Morning Session
11:30 am-12:30 pm      Lunch
1:00-3:00 pm Afternoon Session I                    
3:30-5:30 pm Afternoon Session II
5:30-6:30 pm Dinner

 

Evening Schedule

Monday 7/27 Homework
Tuesday 7/28 Homework
Wednesday 7/29 8 p.m. OSF Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land
Thursday 7/30 Homework

Application Information

Space is limited to fourteen students. This course may serve as an elective course requirement for the Master of Theatre Studies degree.  Registration prioity is given to Master of Theatre Studies students until February 15, 2015.  After February 16, students wishing to enroll in this week-long course for professional development or personal interest may do so. The enrollment deadline is April 1, 2015 (postmark).

Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree or permission of the instructor.

 Note: ACTS Master of Theatre Studies applicants do not need to send additional deposit and resume; simply respond with your elective course choice on the document that will be mailed to you.

Students who are new to Southern Oregon Univerisity and are not returning to or applying for admittance to the graduate program should apply online as non-admitted students.

This online process will generate a MySOU account and provide registration instructions.

We will send notification letters postmarked in mid April. At that time we will send you your pre-session assignment. You will be billed separately by SOU for your tuition and housing.

2015 Fees

Tuition $1,110
Materials/tickets $53

Acceptance Deposit

Upon acceptance a nonrefundable deposit will be due in order to save your spot.  Information regarding the deposit will be included in your acceptance letter to be mailed no later than April 15.  Active MoTS candidates will not be assessed an additional deposit; however, a $50 penalty fee will apply to any elective course dropped after May 30, 2015.

Elective one week courses

Six nights of lodging (July 26 arrival, August 1 departure)

Single room  $348
Double room  $228
Meal plan

$162
(Sunday dinner 7/26 - through breakfast Saturday 8/1; meal plan includes breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Additional nights of Lodging
May be reserved at $58 per night, regardless of double or single accommodation; no meals will be available.

An online 3-credit graduate-level course designed for high school and community college theatre educators:

Course Description:  TA 508 Topics In Drama: Postmodern Drama explores the work of some of the world most exciting contemporary playwrights.  Beginning with the 1986 The Colored Museum through 2008’s August: Osage County, this class will focus both on form and meaning in a postmodern context.  As a distance class, students will be expected to work independently completing reaction papers (2-3 pages per play) and to discuss the individual plays with peers and undergraduates in a chat room environment.  Familiarity with educational platforms such as Blackboard and Mootle are helpful but not necessary. The final project will be a research paper on a related topic of the students choosing.

Course Objectives

  • Familiarize students with the importance of the work of these playwrights historically and culturally.
  • Further develop critical skills in the areas of dramatic literature and dramaturgy
  • Explore the manner in which these plays inform culture both within their own context and within our own.
  • Identify dramatic elements of a play and use these elements to interpret meaning

 Textbooks

  • The Colored Museum by George C Wolfe
  • Twilight Los Angeles by Ana Devere Smith
  • The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman et al
  • Urinetown by Greg Kotis and Marke Hollmann (also need copy of the soundtrack)
  • The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl
  • The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler by Jeff Whitty
  • August: Osage County by Tracy Letts

Students will also have critical readings for each play that will be provided by the professor.

Faculty
Eric Levin, SOU theatre arts director of education

Application Information

Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree or permission of the instructor.

Note: ACTS Master of Theatre Studies students get first priority. This course may serve as one of the required additional 3-credit courses toward the ACTS Master of Theatre Studies.

Students who are new to Southern Oregon Univeristy and are not returning to or applying for admittance to the graduate program should apply online as non-admitted studentsPrior to going online to the link above; please contact ACTS at the phone or email listed below to obtain the course reference number for this course.

This online process will generate a MySOU account and provide registration instructions.

Fees

$1,331.16

 

 

 

2015 Elective Course

July 6-10, 2015

Ashland, Oregon

A week-long, 3-credit, graduate level course geared toward high school and community college theatre educators, covering an introduction to stage combat basics and choreographic techniques:

  • Learn physical warm-ups from Akido and other disciplines
  • Discover trust, safety, partnering, and distance exercises
  • Develop basic hand-to-hand combat skills
  • Get a taste of partnered, armed-combat work
  • Explore how to act a fight and add realistic vocalizations during a stage fight
  • Build choreography skills while creating your own stylized and non-realistic fights
  • Investigate ways to use a fight director as part of the design team
  • Discuss special issues such as young performers, red-light fever, kills, mass battles and brawls, blood, and specific contemporary and period plays
  • Address safety, liability issues, weapon selection and maintenance, and qualifications and certifications of fight directors
  • View and analyze Oregon Shakespeare Festival production of Fingersmith.

Faculty:

John Toppo, OSF Fight Director and SOU Acting and Movement Faculty

Here's what our students say:

  • "Exceeded my expectations. I especially liked the idea of stylizing combat concepts."
  • "I loved the practicality and the emphasis on safety and creativity."
  • "Amazing amounts of information that I can take directly into the classroom and feel confident and comfortable."
 Schedule

Monday (7/6)

  • 9:00-9:30                          Warm up
  • 9:30-11:30                        Basic Unarmed Safety Protocols/Technique
  • 11:30-12:30                      Lunch
  • 12:30-3:00                        Single Rapier Safety Protocols/Technique
  • 3:00-3:15                          Break
  • 3:15-5:00                          Single Rapier Technique/Choreography
  • 5:00-7:00                          Dinner
  • 7:00-9:00                          Review Unarmed

 Tuesday (7/7)

  • 9:00-9:30                           Warm up
  • 9:30-11:30                         Review Single Rapier
  • 11:30-12:30                       Lunch
  • 12:30-3:00                         Unarmed Choreography
  • 3:00-3:15                           Break
  • 3:15-5:00                           Aikido
  • Evening                              No Class

 Wednesday(7/8)

  • 9:00-9:30                           Warm up
  • 9:30-11:30                         Knife Technique
  • 11:30-12:30                       Lunch
  • 12:30-3:00                         Unarmed Choreography
  • 3:00-3:15                           Break
  • 3:15-5:00                           Single Rapier Technique/Choreography
  • 5:00-7:00                           Dinner
  • Evening                              Attend Fingersmith

 Thursday(7/9)

  • 9:00-9:30                           Warm up
  • 9:30-11:30                         Single Rapier Technique/Choreography
  • 11:30-12:30                       Lunch
  • 12:30-3:00                         Unarmed Choreography
  • 3:00-3:15                           Break
  • 3:15-5:00                           Stylized Combat
  • 5:00-7:00                           Dinner
  • 7:00-9:00                           Pool Noodle Swashbuckling

 Friday (7/10)

  • 9:00-9:30                           Warm up
  • 9:30-11:30                         Review  Unarmed Choreography
  • 11:30-12:30                       Lunch
  • 12:30-3:00                         Review Rapier Choreography
  • 3:00-3:15                           Break
  • 3:15-5:00                           Perform and Debrief

Note: content, dates and times are subject to change.

Application Information

Space is limited to sixteen students. This course may serve as an elective course requirement for the Master of Theatre Studies degree.  Registration prority is given to Master of Theatre Studies students until February 15, 2015.  After February 16, students wishing to enroll in this week-long course for professional development or personal interest may do so. The enrollment deadline is April 1, 2015 (postmark).

Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree or permission of the instructor.

 Note: ACTS Master of Theatre Studies applicants do not need to send additional deposit and resume; simply note your elective course choice on the document that will be mailed to you.

Students who are new to Southern Oregon University and are not returning to or applying for admittance to the graduate program should apply online as non-admitted students.

This online process will generate a MySOU account and provide registration instructions.

We will send notification letters postmarked in mid April. At that time we will send you your pre-session assignment. You will be billed separately by SOU for your tuition and housing.

2015 Fees

Tuition $1,110
Materials/tickets $53

Acceptance Deposit

Upon acceptance a nonrefundable deposit will be due in order to save your spot.  Information regarding the deposit will be included in your acceptance letter to be mailed no later than April 15.  Active MoTS candidates will not be assessed an additional deposit; however, a $50 penalty fee will apply to any elective course dropped after May 30, 2015.

Elective one week courses

Five nights of lodging (July 5 arrival, July 9 departure or start of MoTS Main Two-week session)

Single room  $290
Meal plan

$135
(Sunday dinner 7/5 - through lunch Friday 7/10; meal plan includes breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Additional nights of Lodging
May be reserved at $58 per night, regardless of double or single accommodation; no meals will be available.