THEA 510 Production Design Seminar             9:35-10:50 Tuesday & Thursday           


Bob Holcombe         2234 Comm.    453-7593

Ron Naversen          2230 Comm.           453-3076

Mark Varns             1033 Comm.         453-7588

Kathryn Wagner       2238 Comm.      453-7584



This is a studio class, which serves as forum for design and production faculty and students to work on projects designed to increase graphic drawing and rendering proficiency, collaborative problem solving skills, and opportunities to discuss issues related to the theatrical process.  Throughout the year the students will be introduced to a variety of drawing and painting techniques, common in theatrical rendering and drafting.  Various problem-solving projects will be assigned to teams to help develop research and collaboration skills. Discussion topics regarding issues related to design and production will also be scheduled throughout the year.



1) Water color brushes and paints, drafting equipment, newsprint, drafting vellum (not tracing paper), cold press illustration board or heavyweight watercolor paper.

2) Attendance is mandatory  (see Departmental Attendance Policy in student handbooks). You cannot learn if you are not here and your fellow students are denied your insights.

3) Attendance at Department of Theater productions.  You are part of a theater community and as such should exposing yourself to the work of others to expand your appreciation of the art and craft. We will also make reference to the design work during class.

4) Assigned Readings



Charcoal Drawing                        Lighting projects

Pencil Sketching                          Still Life

Pastels                                     Figure Drawing

Water Color                              Problem Solving





Students will typically be given projects in class but are encouraged to bring in appropriate projects from other classes and production work to practice under the supervision of the instructor.  The instructor has the right to approve these projects to insure that they fulfill the goals of that lesson. 


Students will be evaluated primarily on the demonstrated growth of their graphic skills throughout the semester as well as the demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with their fellow students on project work. Students are not graded in comparison to each other, but measured according to their individual abilities and growth throughout the semester.


Students will bring examples of their class work in at the end of the semester to review their progress with their instructors.


Individuals who have any disability, either permanent or temporary, which might affect their ability to execute projects in this class are encouraged to inform the instructor at the beginning of the semester.  The instructor will adapt the class for these individuals as necessary.  The instructor reserves the right to alter the course content to benefit the class.