Ashland Center for Theatre Studies
Master of Theatre Studies
in Production and Design
The Theatre Teacher Training program for high school and community college teachers is a rigorous experience that requires three summers with two intensive weeks in residence in July and considerable individual effort before and after each summer. The program requires practical implementation and documentation of applied design and production projects executed in your own school. Each year focuses on a different type of theatre: presentational, representational, or musical theatre. You may join the program in any given year of the three-year cycle. The program leads to a Master of Theatre Studies in Production and Design.
What our students say:
- "There are things that I will take back to use in my classroom from the very first week and ideas that I will be able to use in my productions immediately."
- "The information learned will be invaluable to me and my program. I have more tools to create richer productions at my school."
- "The coursework was challenging and it has been exciting to learn many new skills."
Course Work includes:
- Script analysis of plays of varied styles and time periods with comprehensive discussion of the methodologies of translating dramatic themes into effective direction, design and a unified production
- Skills for communicating design ideas--research, building models, creating renderings, drafting light plots, and recording sound sketches
- Safe and cost-effective techniques for realizing design concepts in production--costume, scenic, and properties construction, and lighting and sound engineering
- Discussion with professionals and colleagues of Oregon Shakespeare Festival plays in production, examining conceptual development of direction and design ideas, and the realization of those concepts into actual productions
- Stage management, production management, and technical direction techniques
- New technologies--how they enhance theatre crafts and integrate with theatrical processes
- Application of new concepts and skills to productions and curriculum development in your own school (see assignments and projects)
- Thesis project -curriculum culmination consisting of a portfolio reflecting best work samples, a detailed self evaluation paper, and an oral defense of these documents.
- The SOU Master’s program candidates must complete 9 credits of elective coursework to fulfill their degree requirements.
2013 Elective Course Options:
Winter 2013 Online Course
Workshop/Dramatic Literature/Absurdism - January 7 - March 22, 2013
Summer 2013 On-Site Elective Courses
July 8-12, 2013
Stage Combat: A graduate level course geared toward high school and community college theatre educators, covering an imtroduction to stage combat basics and choreographic techniques.
July 29 - August 2, 2013
Projections for Live Performance will explore the use of projections to support, augument or to serve as production scenery.
Vectorworks: Demystify computer-aided design with the professional CAD package Vectorworks Spotlight 2012.
- Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2013 productions of My Fair Lady,King Lear, Streetcar Named Desire, and Robin Hood.
- Student presentations on research, curriculum, and applied design and production projects
Questions? Check out our FAQ page.
Master of Theatre Studies dates for 2014
July 11-26, 2014: main graduate 2-week program and prologue weekend
July 7-11, 2014 AND/OR July 28 - August 1, 2014: optional weeks of elective courses