TH 1501
Stage Lighting I

Office Hours:
MPAC 149
MWF 1:00-2:00 PM

Teaching Assistant:
Dan Gabel

Course Objectives:

1. To increase visual awareness of the world around us.
2. To relate lighting to other aspects of the theatre.
3. To acquire a basic understanding of electricity and its proper use.
4. To learn proper procedure in hanging a light plot.


Cunningham, Glen. Stage Lighting Revealed. Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 2002.
Salzberg, Jeffrey E. and Judith Kupferman. Stage Lighting for Students.
Vincent Lighting Systems. Lighting 101.

Other References:

Dunham, Richard. Stage Lighting Fundamentals and Applications. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2011.
Gillette, Michael. Designing with Light, 3rd Edition. Palo Alto, California: Mayfield Publishing Co., 1997.
McCandless, Stanley. A Method of Stage Lighting, 4th Edition. New York: Theatre Arts Books, 1958.
Palmer, Richard. The Lighting Art. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, Inc., 1985.
Shelley, Steven Louis. A Practical Guide to Stage Lighitng, 2nd Edition. Burlington, MA: Focal Press, 2009.
Warfel, William. The New Handbook of Stage Lighting Graphics. New York: Drama Book Publishers, 1990.
Wild, Larry. A Brief Outline of the History of Stage Lighting

Class Expectations:

Attendance: Role will be taken at the beginning of each hour. More than five absences will result in the lowering of the final grade at the rate of ten points per absence.

Late to Class: If you arrive after role has been taken, it is your responsibility to speak with the instructor after class in order to be counted as present.

Food: Food will not be allowed in the classroom during class time.

Laptops: Laptops must be closed during all lectures.

Cell phones: Cell phones may not be used during class time.

Lab Expectations:

40 Hours. Six hours per week for six weeks as arranged with the instructor.
Details concerning Practicum Requirements.

An 8" adjustable crescent wrench is required.

Grading Break Down:

% of Grade
Midterm Exam
Final Exam
CIA Group Project
Hang & Focus Proficiency
Lighting Practicum

Note: Individuals who have a disability, either temporary or permanent, which might affect their ability to perform in this class are encouraged to inform the instructor at the start of the quarter. Adaptations of methods, materials or testing may be made as required to provide for equitable participation.

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