School of Production & Design

The courses offered each semester at Ovation will vary based on the needs and goals of our students. Select classes will be offered year round and others by semester. We will invite Guest Artists to teach the more unique and specific content. Our Ovation Academy instructors will teach the majority of the lecture and foundation courses. Below is a partial list of possible course options offered at Ovation Academy. 

HIGH SCHOOL:

 

*Denotes Courses required for EVERY Theatre Major

 

Foundation Courses offered every year

 

Technical-Production*

Students will learn and apply the principles and techniques of all elements of technical design and construction to the creation of elements to be used in full scale productions. Principles explored will include safety and OSHA Standards, power tools and construction, hanging and focusing lights, rigging, costuming, makeup, sound design, projections, painting, and more. Full Year Course, May be Repeated

History of Theatre*

Students will gain a working knowledge of theatre history through the historical exploration of the genre from early man all the way to modern day theatrical productions. Students will learn and analyze the change in theatrical elements through time. Students will be able to apply their knowledge to research, performance and design project presentations. Students will also explore how the history of the time period being explored affected the theatre at that time. Semester Course

 

Dramatic Literature 1*

Students will read, analyze, and write about a variety of theatrical works from Ancient Greek Theatre through late 19th Century Romanticism. Students will become familiar with plays, playwrights, and stories from each time period explored. Students will participate in research, performance and design projects associated with each work discussed and read. Works that will be discussed and analyzed include works from Sophocles, Shakespeare, Moliere, Oscar Wilde, and many more. [Prerequisites: History of Theatre] Semester Course

 

Dramatic Literature 2*

Students will read, analyze, and write about a variety of theatrical works from The Early 20th Century through Modern Day. Students will become familiar with plays, playwrights, and stories from each time period explored. Students will participate in research, performance and design projects associated with each work discussed and read. Works that will be discussed and analyzed include works from Bertolt Brecht, Lorraine Hansberry, Tony Kushner, Thornton Wilder, and many more. [Prerequisites: Dramatic Literature 1] Semester Course

Stage Management*

This course investigates the theories and techniques of stage management. It includes a thorough examination of various activities performed by stage managers in different production situations, as well as discussions relating to standard practices and common variations. The primary objective of this course is to give you a thorough understanding of the stage manager's responsibilities and position in theatrical productions. Semester Course

 

Senior Studio*

Students will take on the role of Assistant director for a major production and have the opportunity to direct monologues, scenes, musical numbers and short plays. This is a Practicum course which will be housed within a lower level acting course.  Semester Course (Spring)

Dramaturgy*

This course is an introduction to production dramaturgy with emphasis on conducting research and preparing written reports. Topics include surveys of the critical literature, cultural background and biography, production history and text preparation. Semester Course

 

Publicity and Marketing for the Theatre*

This is an introductory course that will help students gain an understanding of marketing concepts as they apply to the entertainment industry, specifically theatre. The areas this course will cover include: core marketing standards, market segmentation, target marketing, the event marketing triangle (events, audience, and sponsors), entertainment promotion and marketing plans. Semester Course

Directing Techniques*

Upper level students will act as assistant directors in an assigned Acting course where they will assist in teaching basic concepts. Student directors will learn the process of directing a show from concept to stage, being guided through the steps of putting a show together while developing and discovering their own personal directing style. Directors will be responsible for casting and directing a 20 - 30 minute One-Act Play at the end of the term with the members of their class who will perform and tech the show. [Pre-requisite: Theatrical Design] Full Year Course

 

Theatrical Design*

Students will learn about the principles and techniques of all elements of technical design and construction to the creation of model design projects and renderings. Principles explored will include set, lighting, sound, costume, prop, projection, hair and makeup design. Students will end the term by developing a design team to create a cohesive design for a small scale production. Semester Course

 

Playwriting

Students will learn and apply techniques and principles in playwriting to create original theatrical work. Students will gain a working knowledge in literary elements, writing styles, dramatic structure, character development, concept development, and how to workshop a show. The goal of the course is for the students to complete a One-Act Play script that will be staged as a dramatic reading at the end of the term. [Pre-requisites: Dramatic Literature 1, History of Theatre] Semester Course, May be Repeated

 

Devising Original Theatre

Students will apply the skills and techniques learned through their acting and movement courses to create original theatrical work using various stimuli and inspiration. Students will participate in multiple projects through the term, developing a variety of work to add to their portfolios and culminating in a showcase of original work at the end of the term. [Pre-requisites: Acting I - II and/or Physical Theatre I - II] Full Year Course, May be Repeated

The Physics of Set Design and Construction

Students will learn about basic to advanced design elements through the exploration of scientific and mathematical principles and their applications to the artistic challenge of set design and construction. Students will apply learned principles to model design projects and through the construction of full scale set pieces. [Pre-requisite: Theatrical Design] Semester Course

 

The Science of Lighting and Sound Design

Students will learn about basic to advanced design elements through the exploration of scientific and psychological principles and their applications to the artistic challenge of light and sound design. Students will apply learned principles to design projects and through the full lighting and sound design of a short play. [Pre-requisite: Theatrical Design] Semester Course

CONTACT US

301 W. Louisiana

McKinney, TX 75069

214-856-4513     

Info@ovationAPA.org

HOURS OF OPERATION

Monday - Friday: 8:00am-8:00pm

Saturday: 10:30am-4pm


 

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