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Southern Oregon University


Master of Theatre Studies in Production and

Main Session - July 8-23, 2016

The Theatre Teacher Training program for high school and community college teachers is a rigorous experience that requires three summers with two intensive weeks in residence in July and considerable individual effort before and after each summer. The program requires practical implementation and documentation of applied design and production projects executed in your own school. Each year of your program will focus on a different type of theatre:  first summer - representational, second summer - musical theatre and 3rd summer - presentational,. The program leads to a Master of Theatre Studies in Production and Design.

What our students say:
  • "There are things that I will take back to use in my classroom from the very first week and ideas that I will be able to use in my productions immediately."
  • "The information learned will be invaluable to me and my program. I have more tools to create richer productions at my school."
  • "The coursework was challenging and it has been exciting to learn many new skills."
Course Work includes:
  • Script analysis of plays of varied styles and time periods with comprehensive discussion of the methodologies of translating dramatic themes into effective direction, design and a unified production
  • Skills for communicating design ideas--research, building models, creating renderings, drafting light plots, and recording sound sketches
  • Safe and cost-effective techniques for realizing design concepts in production--costume, scenic, and properties construction, and lighting and sound engineering
  • Discussion with professionals and colleagues of Oregon Shakespeare Festival plays in production, examining conceptual development of direction and design ideas, and the realization of those concepts into actual productions
  • Stage management, production management, and technical direction techniques
  • New technologies--how they enhance theatre crafts and integrate with theatrical processes
  • Application of new concepts and skills to productions and curriculum development in your own school (see assignments and projects)
  • Thesis project -curriculum culmination consisting of a portfolio reflecting best work samples, a detailed self evaluation paper, and an oral defense of these documents.
  • The SOU Master’s program candidates must complete 9 credits of elective coursework to fulfill their degree requirements.

2016 Elective Course Options:

Winter 2016 Online Course

Workshop/Dramatic Literature/Post Modern Theatre -January 4 - March 18, 2016

Summer 2016 On-Site Elective Courses

July 25-29, 2016

Staging the Musical

July 25-29, 2016

Theatre Crafts

July 25-29, 2016

Costume Crafts

Additional Activities:

  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival productions
  • Student presentations on research, curriculum, and applied design and production projects

Questions? Check out our FAQ page.

More information on graduate studies requirements

Master of Theatre Studies dates for 2016

July 8-23, 2016:  Main two week session
July 25-29, 2016:  optional week of elective courses