Access to Building Policy

The Royall Tyler Theatre front doors open at 8:00 a.m. and remain open until 11:00 p.m. on a daily basis. This allows students access to classrooms, shops, the theatre, the greenroom and Craftsbury room during daytime hours and into the evening. Theatre Department policy is for all students to be out of the building by 11:00 p.m. At this time Police Services makes a round of the building and locks the entrances. Students should only be in the Royall Tyler Theatre past 11:00 p.m. if accompanied by a faculty or staff member or through special arrangements with the chair of the department.

Emergency phones are located outside of Men’s Dress on the Main floor, and in the hall outside the Design Classroom. Dial 114 on all University based phone lines.

Under no circumstances are students allowed in the scene shop, costume shop, on the lighting grid, in room 110, or in faculty/staff offices without faculty or staff supervision.

Alternative spaces are available for student rehearsals. These include Royall Tyler Theatre room 210 and designated rooms in the Lafayette Building.

Student Rehearsals

Students are required to reserve rehearsal spaces by signing up through the TEAM UP on line space reservation system.

Archival Digital Copy Policy

Currently each production has a photo shoot scheduled by our Marketing Coordinator. A professional photographer takes the photos during the final dress rehearsal on Wednesday prior to the opening of each production. This photo session will provide the department with digital copies, which can then be used for archival purposes, promotional purposes as well as portfolio materials. No other photographers are permitted on sight without previous permission granted by the Marketing Coordinator and the Chair of the department.

On the occasion that this session does not meet the needs of the department, an additional photo shoot will be scheduled. The additional photo shoot will be determined no later than the Wednesday before closing of the production. Images are taken of scenes chosen in advance by the production’s Director, Chair, and/or Marketing Coordinator. This photo shoot is typically scheduled for 12:00 noon on the Sunday of the final performance and should last no longer than one hour to allow time for prep time before the 2:00 p.m. performance.

All digital records are located in the marketing office and students must obtain permission from the Marketing Coordinator before using. All arrangements for copies must be coordinated with the Marketing Director.

Costume Shop Guidelines

On behalf of the Costume Shop Staff welcome! The following guidelines will help the production experience be more productive and pleasant for everyone. If you have any questions, please stop by and ask. We will do our best to relieve confusion.

For Productions

Once you are cast in a production PLEASE do not cut your hair, change its color, or in any other way alter your physical appearance without consent of the Costume Designer. This includes: having any bodily appendage pierced, starting to lift weights, or shaving an already existing beard.

Fittings, make-up sessions, photo calls, etc. will all be scheduled through each show’s stage manager and the shop supervisor. Always remember to report to the Costume Shop at your appointed time. Please remember that many other people are planning their lives around your fitting time. Please don’t be late. There are others scheduled after you.

There are very few acceptable excuses for missing a fitting. You must phone 24 hours ahead to reschedule when planning either of the above events. If you can’t make your scheduled fitting, call us and let us know, even at the last minute. (656-0090)

Underwear and deodorant are required attire for all dealings with the costume shop. We will not supply underwear and will not fit you if you are not wearing briefs. Remember, we have very little time to reschedule fittings.

Make up

All actors are required to provide their own basic theatrical make-up kit for productions. We will place an order for the kits at a reduced rate through the costume shop. The more we order, the lower the price, but it will be about the cost of an average textbook ($25-$35). Please fill out the Theatrical Make-Up Order Form (pdf) and return it to the Stage Manager. The Department will supply any items you need that are for a specialty make-up.

In addition to the basic kit Actors should bring the following items to the First Dress and plan to leave them through strike:

  • Bath Towel, and Face Cloth: Please put your initials on these, as they will be laundered.
  • Comb/Brush
  • Mascara: (male/female both, this cannot be shared)
  • Deodorant
  • Make-up Remover: (Noxzema, Ponds cold Cream, Abolene, Baby Oil, etc.)
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Other Optional items: moisturizer, soap, shampoo, astringent, cotton balls, and Q-tips.

    You will be assigned a dressing table for the show’s run. It is your responsibility to keep it clean and neat. We have cleaning supplies for touch ups.

No eating in the dressing room or in costume! Ever!

  • This includes opening night chocolate or candy.
  • Food found in the dressing room will be confiscated.
  • Water must be in a covered container. No cola, coffee or juice.
  • Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the building. EVER!!! And absolutely not in an uncovered costume. You may choose to bring a washable bathrobe or wrapper and wear this while smoking outside. There is no smoking in artificial hair. EVER!!!
  • You may choose to bring a washable bathrobe or smock to use for make-up or use between shows. Crew will launder these once a week.
  • When in doubt, use common sense and courtesy. Please use stereo headphones, clothes hangers, the trashcan, and “please” and “thank you.”
  • Avoid large mildewed piles on chairs, foul language and poor personal hygiene.

Follow this link for more information regarding the University of Vermont guidelines for Safety in the Arts and Theatre.

Follow this link for more information regarding the University of Vermont guidelines for Costume Design Safety.

If you’re still unsure stop by and ask. We are friendly! Have a great Show!

Basic Safety Rules for the Scene Shop & Backstage


General Safety

  • Approach those people who are working in the shop rationally and seriously as horseplay and "kidding around" often end in serious and painful injury.
  • Do not distract anyone who is operating power equipment or tools!
  • Keep aisles, exits, hallways, and work areas free for congestion. Also make sure floors, stairs, and work areas are free from hazards, which could cause slipping or tripping (especially sharp or pointed objects).
  • Get first aid immediately for all injuries. Report to the supervisor ANY and ALL injuries, no matter how minor. An Incident Report form is for Students, Work-study, and Non-Affiliate and a First Report form is for UVM Employees and Temporary Employees is mandatory. Also, report to the supervisor any condition, which you feel is UNSAFE.
  • Beware of doors and doorways. Do not stand in front of them or in them!
  • When finished with a project, put all tools away. Never leave them lying on the floor.

Personal Safely

  • Wear adequate clothing and footwear whenever it is necessary to move through or spend time in the scene shop or backstage. NO sandals, DEFINITELY NO BARE FEET, tie back loose hair or loose clothing, and remove all excessive jewelry, ties, etc.
  • Wear proper eye protection when appropriate. Wear approved hearing protectors when noise levels are excessive. Wear dust masks or respirators when exposed to harmful or noxious dust fumes or gasses,
  • Wear gloves when handling materials with sharp edges or rough surfaces or when exposed in liquids that require hand protection.

Production & Performance Opportunities

The Program in Theatre maintains a full schedule of various productions and theatrical activities throughout the academic year. Each year varies slightly depending on the selection of the theatre season, the university calendar, and special events. A typical year is made up of the following:

  •  Main stage Productions: Three main stage productions are usually produced each year. The goal of the program is to provide students with a wide range of theatrical styles and historical periods during their time at UVM. A four-year period would include productions of Classical Theatre and Shakespeare, contemporary play, and musicals. Students may elect to enroll in Theatre Practicum (THE 190) to receive credits for appearing in or serving as crew on productions. See production photos from past productions in our Production Archives. (Production Archives should be highlighted with link to production archives page)
  •   The Annual Holiday Production. This event serves many children and families in the University of Vermont and Burlington communities and is a much anticipated holiday activity. The production gives students the opportunity to explore theatre for young audiences and is often times directed by a student in the department. Multiple performances are scheduled over one weekend.
  •   The Spring Play Festival. Theatre majors in their senior year are required to create a production related final project that serves as a culminating experience. Students submit their project proposals to faculty for approval in the fall of their senior year. Projects become part of the annual Spring Play Festival. Past projects have included the areas of performance, design, stage management, playwriting, and directing.
  • Honor’s Theses and College Honors Projects. In addition to the above opportunities, students might also participate in readings and staged events as part of student independent study. Recent projects have included staged readings of original works and a Greek Theatre Festival.

Program in Theatre Mission Statement

The Mission of the Program in Theatre is to provide a high quality, broad-based liberal arts undergraduate theatre education through the academic rigor of scholarship, theory and practice.  We are committed to the following goals:     

  • To prepare students for multi-various careers in which they can apply the principles of creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration.
  • To provide rigorous academic study in the tradition of a liberal arts education that will prepare students for future graduate study, assistantships, professional work and internships.
  • To maintain professional standards in the production process.
  • To provide students with one-on-one mentorship in an inclusive, supportive environment that will allow them to excel intellectually and creatively.
  • To teach students the skills necessary to cope with the complex human, societal, and technological issues of modern society by remaining at the forefront of intellectual thought in our scholarship and creative work.
  • To provide opportunities outside the standard curriculum through professional workshops, guest artists, and educational travel.

Ethical Standards

All those who participate in academic and artistic activities in the Program in Theatre are expected to adhere to these ideals:

  • Conduct in and out of the Theatre building reflects on the reputation of the Program in Theatre.
  • All activities outside classes (productions, seminars, workshops etc.) are an extension of my academic experience.
  • The practice of theatre is the collaborative effort of authors, artists, technicians and audience members and is founded on mutual respect.
  • Students are expected to make every effort to fulfill all production and academic responsibilities and are accountable for the completion of all tasks and assignments.
  • The University Catalog is the student’s contract with the University, and students are subject to its regulations, including those that apply to academic integrity, sexual harassment and nondiscrimination.
  • Artistic and academic excellence depends upon Students’ physical and mental well-being. Students will not jeopardize their own work or the work of others by injudicious activities inside or outside the theatre.
  • Safety is a priority and students are responsible for understanding basic safety guidelines and upholding these at all times.
  • Royall Tyler Theatre is not only a place of public assembly but also a learning laboratory. Students agree to treat the building all production materials, equipment, and furnishings with respect.