Performance Production (PP)

PP 111  Theater Graphics  3 Credits  

Theater Graphics introduces the tools and methods of techniques of graphical communication for theatrical design—including hand drafting, digital drafting, rendering, and model making—along with the basic vocabulary of the stage. Required for Intermediate Studio.

PP 113  Introduction to Visual Fundamentals  3 Credits  

Intro. to Visual Fundamentals uses a wide variety of hands-on practical techniques to encourage students to develop basic vocabulary for the principle elements of design, as well as a method of critical response to design. Required for Intermediate Studio.

PP 120  Sound Fundamentals  3 Credits  

Sound Fundamentals provides a comprehensive study of sound generation, capture, analysis and reproduction, focusing on reinforcement and playback systems for live performance. The course also explores acoustics, wireless audio technology and basic electrical engineering as it relates to audio systems.

PP 122  Lighting Fundamentals  3 Credits  

Lighting Fundamentals explores tools for changing the theatrical environment with non-physical elements. Topics include basic electricity, identification and familiarity with theatrical lighting instruments, digital control of light and an introduction to reading light plots and other paperwork created by the Lighting Designer. To be taken prior to or simultaneously with Production Lab.

PP 123  Costume Fundamentals  3 Credits  

Costume Fundamentals is focused on craft and construction, while introducing historical period style, silhouette, and the vocabulary of apparel. To be taken prior to or simultaneously with Production Lab.

PP 125  Stagecraft  3 Credits  

Stagecraft provides grounding in the skills and techniques of the modern scene shop, with particular focus on safety, and the efficient assembly of scenery in both wood and steel. To be taken prior to or simultaneously with Production Lab.

PP 126  Backstage Fundamentals  3 Credits  

Backstage Fundamentals explores the duties of a stage manager and various crew head positions throughout the production process, the challenges of effective communication and the organization of the team collaborating on a live performance event. To be taken prior to or simultaneously with Production Lab.

PP 127  Design Fundamentals  3 Credits  

Design Fundamentals explores the role of the designer for live performance throughout the production process, the challenges of effective communication, and skills of drawing, digital and hand drafting, rendering and others that lead to communication of design ideas. To be taken after PP 111 and PP 113.

PP 128  Stage Management  3 Credits  

The stage manager is the hub of communication for play, opera, musical or dance performance. Stage Management is the foundational class for this discipline. Students learn and practice preparing production documentation, communicating across platforms, industry standards and collaboration. The role of the SM in theater, dance, musicals and large scale industrial events will be covered.

PP 151  Production Lab  1.00 - 2.00 Credits  

Production Lab is an opportunity for first-year students to work with faculty, staff, and advanced students on realized projects staged in the Cornish venues. Coursework for Lab will be performed in the construction workshops, theaters, or rehearsal halls. Students may support multiple shows in the semester, and all projects directly relate to the needs of finished production. 3-cr required for PP251 Production Practicum.

PP 161  Literature of Theater  3 Credits  

Literature of Theater explores a wide range of of plays from the dramatic literary canon from classical antiquity through the early 21st century, as well as important writing on performance and design. Reading from plays, exploring their dramatic structure, and discussing the historical context of each text will be the focus of class time. Required for Intermediate Studio.

PP 214  Introduction to Design Studio  3 Credits  

Design Studio is the core in-major component of the design curriculum at the intermediate and advanced levels. The introductory course prepares students to develop conceptual design from dramatic text with a focus on advancing a clear organizing idea. Required for Intermediate Studio.

PP 221  Drawing for Performance Production  3 Credits  

Drawing for Performance Production is an exploration of visual techniques essential to production design. This course includes an introduction of basic tools and practice in perception, visual measurement & structure, light, shadow and context and life drawing.

PP 223  Scene Painting  3 Credits  

Scene Painting is an introduction to visual techniques essential to realizing a production design for live performance. It is a study of the materials and methods of the scenic artist and covers cartooning, color matching, painting techniques and finishes and translating a rendering to reality.

PP 251  Production Practicum  2.00 - 4.00 Credits  

In Practicum, second-year students assume greater responsibility for mainstage productions, and work in shops and venues under faculty/staff supervision. Assignments include assistants to the designer or any number of supporting roles in the shops or backstage. Required for PP351 Production Practicum.

PP 261  Theater History I  3 Credits  

Theater History investigates the origins of theater and the different theories of its purpose in aesthetic and cultural historical terms, including early performance forms in Egypt, Aztec Mexico, classical Athens, and Northwest Native American ceremony. The class includes research, analysis, interpretation, and oral/written presentation of findings. Required for Major.

PP 262  Theater History II  3 Credits  

Theater History investigates performance forms from its origins to contemporary times through a dramaturgical process. The study begins with Roman spectacle and the effect of the fall of Rome on the theater as a social institution, and includes the European middle ages, followed by a study of the theater of the European Renaissance. Required for Major.

PP 311  Intermediate Costume Studio  3 Credits  

Studio explores the theory and practice of the design process for the professional theater. Students meet once weekly with area faculty, and then with their colleagues in a Friday seminar. The emphasis is placed on the collaborative experience. Studio projects are not realized on stage. Required for Advanced Costume Design.

PP 312  Intermediate Lighting Studio  3 Credits  

Studio explores the theory and practice of the design process for the professional theater. Students meet once weekly with area faculty, and then with their colleagues in a Friday seminar. The emphasis is placed on the collaborative experience. Studio projects are not realized on stage. Required for Advanced Lighting Design.

PP 313  Intermediate Scenery Studio  3 Credits  

Studio explores the theory and practice of the design process for the professional theater. Students meet once weekly with area faculty, and then with their colleagues in a Friday seminar. The emphasis is placed on the collaborative experience. Studio projects are not realized on stage. Required for Advanced Scenery Design.

PP 314  Intermediate Sound Studio  3 Credits  

Studio explores the theory and practice of the design process for the professional theater. Students meet once weekly with area faculty, and then with their colleagues in a Friday seminar. The emphasis is placed on the collaborative experience. Studio projects are not realized on stage. Required for Advanced Sound Design.

PP 315  Intermed Technical Direction Studio  3 Credits  

Studio explores the theory and practice of the design process for the professional theater. Students meet once weekly with area faculty, and then with their colleagues in a Friday seminar. The emphasis is placed on the collaborative experience. Studio projects are not realized on stage. Required for Advanced Technical Direction.

PP 316  Intermediate Stage Management  3 Credits  

Stage Management is the analogue to design Studio for aspiring stage managers. The course explores professional practice in management skills, and digital communication, including web-based organization of teams, as well as further case study in group dynamics and problem-solving scenarios. Required to qualify for Advanced Stage Management, along with 3 credits of one other Intermediate Design Studio.

PP 317  Intermediate Directing Studio  3 Credits  

The collaborative experience of Studio is informed by the participation of student directors. Break-out sessions are with directing faculty from the Theater Department. There are no course prerequisites to join Studio as a director.

PP 321  Special Topics in Costumes  3 Credits  

Special Topics are unique opportunities to explore aspects of production and technology outside the traditional areas of theater design. Topics rotate every semester, and do not require previous experience in the discipline.

PP 322  Special Topics in Lighting  3 Credits  

Special Topics are unique opportunities to explore aspects of production and technology outside the traditional areas of theater design. Topics rotate every semester, and do not require previous experience in the discipline.

PP 323  Special Topics in Scenery  3 Credits  

Special Topics are unique opportunities to explore aspects of production and technology outside the traditional areas of theater design. Topics rotate every semester, and do not require previous experience in the discipline.

PP 324  Special Topics in Sound  3 Credits  

Special Topics are unique opportunities to explore aspects of production and technology outside the traditional areas of theater design. Topics rotate every semester, and do not require previous experience in the discipline.

PP 325  Special Topics: Technical Direction  3 Credits  

Special Topics are unique opportunities to explore aspects of production and technology outside the traditional areas of theater design. Topics rotate every semester, and do not require previous experience in the discipline.

PP 326  Special Topics in Stage Management  3 Credits  

Special Topics are unique opportunities to explore aspects of production and technology outside the traditional areas of theater design. Topics rotate every semester, and do not require previous experience in the discipline.

PP 351  Production Practicum  2.00 - 4.00 Credits  

Students assume major responsibilities for mainstage productions, under faculty/staff supervision. Assignments include First Hand, Master Electrician, Master Carpenter, Charge Painter, Assistant Stage Manager and most other areas of department leadership. Required for PP451 Production Practicum.

PP 361  Modern Theater History & Theory  3 Credits  

Modern Theater investigates the historical context of modern dramatic literature informed by critical theory. Using semiotics as an analytical tool, the course explores a range of modern plays within their historical contexts. Through multiple and varied critical approaches, students analyze how plays are constructed, what structure might reveal about politics, and how politics reflect the writer and society that produced it. Required for Major.

PP 384  Portfolio  3 Credits  

Portfolio is required for all Performance Production students. Emphasis is placed upon creation of an industry standard resume, digital portfolio, physical portfolio and unique website for each student. The class is co-taught by Department Core faculty on a rotating basis.

PP 397  Group Study  2.00 - 3.00 Credits  

Group Study is defined as project based study, research, or other learning experience, that is developed by student(s) or a department to augment existing curricula. Group study must be approved by the department and structured by clearly defined criteria and with learning outcomes. There is a five student minimum enrollment required for all group study courses with a maximum enrollment of nine students per course. Students may not enroll in more than one Group Study per semester.

PP 411  Advanced Costume Design  3 Credits  

Advanced Design continues the development of the student as a of designer for live performance. Projects are often more individualized and emphasis is placed on the creation of a diverse professional portfolio. Advanced projects are not realized on stage. Required for Major.

PP 412  Advanced Lighting Design  3 Credits  

Advanced Design continues the development of the student as a designer for live performance. Projects are often more individualized and emphasis is placed on the creation of a diverse professional portfolio. Advanced projects are not realized on stage. Required for Major.

PP 413  Advanced Scenery Design  3 Credits  

Advanced Design continues the development of the student as a designer for live performance. Projects are often more individualized and emphasis is placed on the creation of a diverse professional portfolio. Advanced projects are not realized on stage. Required for Major.

PP 414  Advanced Sound Design  3 Credits  

Advanced Design continues the development of the student as a designer for live performance. Projects are often more individualized and emphasis is placed on the creation of a diverse professional portfolio. Advanced projects are not realized on stage. Required for Major.

PP 415  Advanced Technical Direction  3 Credits  

Advanced Technical Direction continues the development of the student as a TD for live performance. Projects are often more individualized and emphasis is placed on the creation of a diverse professional portfolio. Advanced projects are not realized on stage. Advanced projects are not realized on stage. Required for Major.

PP 416  Advanced Stage Management  3 Credits  

Advanced Stage Management continues the development of the student as a manager for live performance. The course continues the study of leadership and team-building techniques and includes studies in Production Management and non-profit arts organization structures. Required for Major.

PP 451  Production Practicum  2.00 - 4.00 Credits  

Students assume primary responsibilities for main-stage productions, under faculty/staff supervision. Assignments include Stage Manager, Technical Director, or lead designer of costumes, lights, scenery, or sound. Required for Major

PP 481  Internship  1.00 - 4.00 Credits  

A supervised assignment with pre-approved professional arts organization. Registration for students with Junior standing and permission of department chair. Required for major.

PP 491  Final Project  1.00 - 4.00 Credits  

The Final project may fall into a variety of categories, depending on the student’s focus and interests. A major design assignment on a Cornish production, a fully documented research project or major creative project outside the usual production schedule are some examples. Final Project is determined in consultation with Department Chair. Required for Major.

PP 498  Independent Study  1.00 - 4.00 Credits  

Focuses on a special project of the student’s choice and design that is unavailable within the regular curriculum. Senior standing and permission from Department Chair required.