Earl McCarroll Studio Theatre Procedures
General Space Notes
The Studio Theatre is a 57-seat end stage theatre configured with permanent seating risers, seating chart and a 22’-0” x 15’-0” stage. Surrounding the stage are black curtains with an actor crossover behind the space.
The space has a permanent lighting system with repertory plot and a minimum number of focusable specials. There is also a permanent sound system with basic playback capabilities as well as a stock of rehearsal furniture.
This is a common space used by a number of different people. As such, it is the responsibility of each person to take care of the space and treat it with respect. Damaged equipment should be reported to a member of the Student Assistant (see below) and continued abuse of the equipment may result in it being removed from service.
Department workshop and senior directing projects will be cast through the standard mainstage casting process. No Bucks productions will be responsible administering their own casting process.
A design liaison will be assigned to the Senior Directing Projects. A design team may be assigned to the “new works” projects for the sole purpose of developing “paper” projects. No Bucks and other productions are responsible for furnishing their own design staff.
The audience is seated in four levels along the east wall of the theatre. The audience gathers in the main theatre lobby and enters the space through the east door between the Theatre and Studio I so that they remain out of the backstage area of the building.
Support from Theatre Arts Management will continue for Senior Directing Projects as in the past, and will be considered, as needed, for New Works Projects. No Bucks productions will be responsible for furnishing their own programs and house management.
Typically, the Studio Theatre productions are assigned a three-week production slot. Performances may be presented at any time during the assigned slot except on days when a main stage performance is scheduled. The producer is responsible for insuring that the Studio Theatre (and the support area) is left in a clean, well-organized condition after each rehearsal, and that everything used for the production is returned to the appropriate space as soon as the performances are finished.
The Studio Theatre will be home to a Senior Directing Project, a “new works” workshop and three No Bucks productions over the course of the semester. Other groups interested in using The Studio Theatre may fill out a standard for available in the Theatre Arts office and submit it to the department chair.
The Studio Theatre Student Assistant is responsible for training students on The Studio Theatre’s equipment and its operation, as well as ensuring this equipment is well maintained and not abused. Any questions about the use of furniture, lighting, or sound equipment in The Studio Theatre should be directed to this assistant. The student assistant is NOT responsible for design services, and is NOT available to act as run crew for productions. Productions without department assigned designers are responsible for finding their own scenic, costume, lighting, and sound designers.
Stage Managers will be assigned to the Senior Directing Projects and New Works projects. Stage Managers will be assigned to No Bucks as needed when supply permits.
All tickets for performances in The Studio Theatre will be free of charge. However, tickets for Senior Directing Projects and “new works” workshops must be reserved ahead of time. Theatre Arts Management will e-mail all department students in advance of these productions to solicit requests for tickets. No Bucks will operate on a general admission, “first-come, first seated” basis.
The Studio Theatre is an exciting addition to Dillingham, however it is not a space that the Tech and Design area can support in terms of production requirements due to limited time, money and personnel. Therefore the available equipment and support is minimal and will require directors and cast to work to find their own scenery, costumes, props, sound effects, etc. should those be deemed necessary.
Outside of the stock curtains that make up the space, no additional support is available from the scene shop.
No support is available from the costume shop. All necessary costumes should be provided by the cast and not stored in the Theatre, but in their lockers or taken home each night.
Outside of the stock of furniture, no support is available from the prop shop. All necessary props should be provided by the cast and stored in their lockers or taken home each night. If additional storage space is needed for larger items, you should consult with the Student Assistant.
The Studio Theatre’s repertory lighting plot and channel hookup is available on the server and a copy will be kept with the Student Assistant. The plot provides two sets of frontlight, a set of sidelight, three sets of backlight, front and back diagonal washes, and six refocusable specials. All lights must be left in their repertory focus with the exception of the six specials and the front diagonal washes. The department’s gel and template stock is available for use in The Studio Theatre, and lighting designers may recolor any unit provided it is restored at the end of the production. Control is provided via an ETC Express 24/48. The Student Assistant is available to train designers and stage managers on the operation of this console, and provide access to the department’s gel and template stock. The Mac 500 moving lights are only available to department assigned lighting designers.
There is a repertory speaker plot available for your use. Training on the operation of this system will be provided by the Student Assistant. Outside of this system, there is no support available from the sound shop.
There will be 4 Clear-Com headsets available. Three will be at the tech table for stage manager, lighting operator, and sound operator, as well as one backstage for the assistant stage manager.
Building Maintenance and Security
All individuals using the facilities are responsible for maintaining the building. You are required to use wastebaskets to dispose of refuse. Recycling bins for copier paper (white and colored) and typing paper are available in the main office, next to the copier and at several other locations in the building. Leave all furniture where it is located. The person in charge of any function, whether faculty or student, will take the responsibility for assuring that established procedures are followed. Failure to follow these procedures may result in the withdrawal of permission to use the facilities.
Upon completion of any function (class, rehearsal, etc.) the supervisor (faculty or student) is to make certain that the space is returned to its normal, usable condition. Desks and chairs are to be returned to their normal placement. ALL rehearsal furniture and properties are to be returned to their proper storage areas. If additional furniture is required, the supervisor should contact the technical director, scene shop supervisor or a technical assistant.
All spaces used for storage of props, tools, sound or lighting equipment, costumes, etc., are not to be left unattended unless they are locked. SECURITY is a priority in this building!
Scheduling Rehearsal and Performance Space
The Coordinator of Theatre Operations, room 223, schedules the use of the Studio Theatre. Department workshops and senior directing projects have priority over other events. All faculty, staff and students are strongly encouraged to sign out spaces ahead of time to ensure that the space is available for their sole use.
The theatre will not have events in performance simultaneously. Major productions have full use of the theatre starting ten days before the opening of the production and no other group will be granted use of the theatre during this time.
If they are not being used for scheduled main stage rehearsals, theatre department spaces are open to students from the end of scheduled classes until 1:00 a.m. Monday through Friday and from 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Theatrical productions are typically not permitted during exam week.
Any person or persons using any theatre department space is completely responsible for leaving the space in an orderly, clean condition. Failure to follow this procedure may result in the withdrawal of permission to use the facilities.
Priority: The following groups of people have priority (in the following order) in the theatre department facilities:
i. Department workshop productions
ii. Department senior directing projects
iii. Department non-mainstage productions
iv. Theatre Arts Faculty and Staff
v. Department students classwork / review work
Technical Hours in the Theatres
The theatre is reserved exclusively for technical theatre from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and from 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. except when scheduled for a class or performance.