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Studio Theater Policy

Department of Theater and Dance Studio Theater Policies

The Studio Theater must be returned to a clean and cleared state following each class, rehearsal, or performance. This includes all draperies, flattage, furnishings/furniture, costumes, and props. As the Studio Theater is used for a large number of performance classes as well as other rehearsal options, this is extremely important.

A faculty member or student, in consultation with all other faculty members who use the space, must request permission for exceptions to this policy. Don’t count on exceptions being made. Anyone not abiding by this policy may lose the privilege to use the facility for further productions.

Use of the space will inevitably lead to minor scheduling conflicts. As a result, the faculty member who is teaching the directing course in any given semester is in charge of all Studio Theater scheduling. (This semester-long position is noted below as the “supervising directing faculty member.”) For Fall 2009, that faculty member is Barb Blackledge (

As the department wishes to encourage maximum use of the Studio Theater, such conflicts will be arbitrated by this supervising directing faculty member using the following priority list:

  1. Use as a classroom, including formal group work required by theater classes.
  2. Use as a performance space for approved Studio Theater productions.
  3. Use as a rehearsal space for mainstage productions
  4. Use as a rehearsal space for Acorn Project productions
  5. Use for theater classroom projects and assignments (i.e., lighting projects, scene rehearsals, script readings)
  6. Other department projects
  7. Use by organizations/individuals outside the department (when approved by the supervising directing faculty member and the department chair)

Guidelines for Use of the Studio Theater


Obtain and submit an application to the supervising directing faculty member for approval. (Allow a maximum of one week for action.) Note: Directors are reminded to allow a reasonable lead time prior to the start of rehearsals in order to acquire the rights to produce before getting approval from the supervising directing faculty member.

Reserving the Space

Once approval has been obtained (and following the order of priority listed above), the director may reserve the studio with the supervising directing faculty member. The supervising directing faculty member may also block out rehearsal time in the room-scheduling book and then manage the student’s use of the space themselves. (Remember that rehearsal space can also be reserved in Waller 202/MPR.)

Time Limits

The maximum rehearsal block for a one-act is ninety minutes; the maximum rehearsal block for ten-minute plays or scene work is thirty minutes. However, if no one has signed out the space, users may continue on beyond their reserved time.

Standard Technical Support

Scripts selected by directors should be chosen with minimal technical demands in set, lights, sound, costumes, and special effects. All projects may use the standard repertory lighting plot, flattage, cubes, stock furniture/furnishings, and drapes housed in the Studio Theater in consultation with faculty supervisors (supervising directing faculty member for that semester and the faculty technical director). Nothing may be attached to the walls of the Studio Theater.

Faculty Consultation

Students must use the standard technical support available in the studio responsibly. Students should not use equipment or attempt technical work without knowing what this could involve. Therefore, users should make the following consultations at least two days before they need to do the work:

  1. Scenery: Users must prepare a floor plan and consult with the department technical director before using the space for any public performance.
  2. Costumes: Stock costumes may be pulled from costume storage, provided they are approved and signed out through the department costume designer or costume shop supervisor. (Funding must be budgeted for all costumes that would need to be dry cleaned!)
  3. Lighting: Before using the performance lighting plot, users must consult with the department lighting designer or the department technical director.
  4. Props: Stock props may be pulled from props storage provided they are approved and signed out through the department scene designer or his/her work-study designate.
  5. Sound: Before using sound equipment provided for the Studio Theater, users must consult with the department sound designer.

Royalties and Scripts

The director in the application process provides information on royalties and script costs to the department secretary. Upon approval of the project, the supervising directing faculty member for that semester will initiate the securing of rights and the ordering of scripts with the department secretary.


All publicity must be co-coordinated through the department’s director of Public Relations (Rob Gretta for 2009–2010). The director of Public Relations is given a copy of the Acorn Project application by the supervising directing faculty membe upon approval of the project.