University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Theatre

Descriptions and Guidelines for the 190: Theatre Practicum


The required 3 hours of Practicum are intended to provide the student with the opportunity to gain experience in the production process. This Practicum in theatrical production functions as the laboratory for the enhancement of the skills students learn in the theatre classes. The student becomes a contributing, active member of the production staff or cast, and he/she will gain deeper insight into and understanding of the theatrical event that culminates in public presentations. Because this practical experience will build on the knowledge and skills, which have been, developed in classes and other production related activities, the student will be expected, at the minimum, to have taken the fundamental course(s) in the area(s) of the practicum.


The Practicum requirement applies to students who entered the University of Vermont in the autumn of 1994 or later and who are declared Theatre majors. It is IMPORTANT to note that since this is a production related activity, it may not always be possible to provide the exact opportunity at the time a student wishes.


It is expected that, by the end of the senior year, the major will have earned three (3) hours of Practicum credit in at least two (2) distinct areas of theatrical production. This credit shall be earned on productions mounted by the University of Vermont, Department of Theatre. To ensure each student a broader practical experience, no student will be allowed to earn all three of the required Practicum credits in a single area; e.g., acting or stage management.


  • The student, in consultation with her/his academic advisor in the department of Theatre, will discuss the requirements, the opportunities and the student's goals. The student then selects an area of activity. An appropriate faculty or staff person will serve as project advisor.
  • The student, then in consultation with his/her project advisor, will prepare a written proposal of intent and goals, and the number of hours of credit they expect.
  • For each 0.5 credit hour, a student will be expected to perform a minimum of 30 hours of work of good quality; for 1.0 credit, 60 hours minimum; for 1.5 credits, 90 hours minimum; for 2.0 credits, 120 hours minimum.
  • The proposal will be submitted to your project advisor. It is important that the proposal be prepared and submitted in a prompt and timely fashion. For example, a proposal for performance credit must be submitted no later that the Friday of the first full week of rehearsal. In production areas, the proposal must be submitted prior to any substantial work having been done in that area. Proposals will not be considered for work done after the fact.
  • Following approval, the project goes forward. The student is expected to keep a journal in which he/she records impressions, reactions, experiences related to the project, and a record of hours worked. It is understood that the project advisor will be available to the student for formal or informal meetings to discuss the progress of the project.


Once the project is completed, (i.e., the production has closed or the activity has ceased), the student will write a brief paper in which he/she discusses the outcome of the project in terms of the goals and intentions stated in the proposal.


A grade will be assigned by the faculty project advisor at the completion of the project. A minimum number of hours of quality work is required for a passing grade as noted in Process #2, above.

Examples of Possible Practicum Projects

Please note all production responsibilities must be supervised by a faculty or staff member.

Box Office and Front of House

  • Assistant marketing director
  • Assistant box office manager
  • House manager


  • Shop supervisor
  • Assistant shop supervisor
  • Stitcher
  • Cutter
  • Draper
  • Head wardrober
  • First Hand
  • Craftsperson and more
Design: Scenery, Lighting, Costumes, Props
  • Designer
  • Assistant Designer
  • Assistant Director
  • Director
Dramaturgy Lighting
  • Head electrician
  • Assistant head electrician
  • Programmer/Board operator
  • Followspot operator
  • Deck Electrician
Performance (Acting)
  • leading role
  • A supporting role
  • Props head
  • Props assistant
Teaching Assistant
  • Theatre History I
  • Dramatic Analysis
  • Introduction to Theatre
  • Technical director
  • Assistant TD
  • Head carpenter
  • Charge painter
  • Scenic artist
  • Deck Carpenter
Stage Managing
  • Stage manager
  • First Assistant stage manager
  • Second assistant stage manager

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