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Pathways to Leadership Initiative

The Pathway to Leadership program is an initiative designed to help guide students toward leadership in production and research/scholarly based areas.

Check out the following ways you can get involved in the Theatre program and grow in your leadership skills:

Leadership Positions

  • The stages of development as a Costume Designer involves assuming leadership roles that include service as a Costume Technician/Wardrobe Assistant, Draper/Stitcher, Assistant Costume Designer, and Costume Designer.

    Costume Technician/Wardrobe Assistant

    To be eligible to serve as a Costume Technician, students shall:
    Have passed: The Theatre Program Safety Exam

    Stitcher

    To be eligible to serve as a Stitcher for a Mainstage PAD Theatre Production, students shall have:
    Served as: Costume Technician/Wardrobe Assistant
    And taken: THE 278 Introduction to Costume Technology and Design

    Assistant Costume Designer

    To be eligible to serve as an Assistant Costume Designer for a Mainstage PAD, Theatre Production students shall have:
    Served as: Stitcher for a PAD Mainstage Production
    And taken: THE 276 Designing for the Stage
    An independent study in Advanced Costume Design

     

    Costume Designer

    To be eligible to serve as a Costume Designer for a Mainstage PAD Theatre Production, students shall have:
    Served as: Assistant Costume Designer
    Costume Designer for an approved non-mainstage theatre production

  • The stages of development as a Director involves assuming leadership roles that may include service as a Director of a Staged Reading, Assistant Director, Director of a Mainstage Production, or Director of a Children’s Theatre Production

     

    Director of a Staged Reading as part of the PAD Theatre Season of Shows

    In order to be director of a Staged Reading as part of the PAD Theatre Season of Shows (in the FAIC Studio Theater, Proscenium Theater, or other on-campus or off-campus venues as determined in advance), students shall:
    Have passed: The Theatre Program Safety Exam, THE 271 Directing II

     

    Assistant Director as part of the PAD Theatre Season of Shows

    In order to be Assistant Director as part of the PAD Theatre Season of Shows (in the FAIC Studio Theater, Proscenium Theater, or other on-campus or off-campus venues as determined in advance), students shall have:
    Served as: Assistant Stage Manager for a PAD mainstage show
    Have passed: THE 271 Directing II

     

    Director of a Mainstage Show as part of the PAD Theatre Season of Shows

    In order to be eligible to direct a show as part of the PAD Theatre Season of Shows (In the FAIC Studio Theater, Proscenium Theater,or other on-campus or off-campus venues as determined in advance), students shall have:
    Served as: Stage Manager for a PAD mainstage show, Assistant Director as part of the PAD Theatre Season of Shows
    Have passed: THE 374 Directing III, THE 273 Acting II
    And be simultaneously taking: THE 473 Producing and Directing

     

    Director of a Children’s Theatre Show as part of the PAD Theatre Season of Shows

    In order to be eligible to direct a Children’s Theatre Show (In the FAIC Studio Theater, Proscenium Theater, or other on-campus or off-campus venues as determined in advance), students shall have:
    Served as: Stage Manager for a PAD mainstage show, Assistant Director as part of the PAD Theatre Season of Shows
    Have passed: THE 470 Children’s Theatre
  • The stages of development as a Projection Designer involve assuming leadership roles that include service as a Projection Operator, Projection Technician, Assistant Projection Designer, and Projection Designer.

     

    Projection Operator

    There is no prerequisite to serving as a Projection Operator.

     

    Projection Technician

    To be eligible to serve as a Projection Technician, students shall:
    Have passed: The Harry Hope Theatre Safety Exam

     

    Assistant Projection Designer

    To be eligible to serve as an Assistant Projection Designer for a Mainstage PAD, Theatre Production students shall:
    Have served as: Projection Operator for a PAD Mainstage Production, Projection Technician for a PAD Mainstage Production
    And passed: THE 176 Fundamentals of Theatre Design, THE 285 Intermedial Performance Design I

     

    Projection Designer

    To be eligible to serve as a Projection Designer for a Mainstage PAD Theatre Production, students shall:
    Have served as: Assistant Projection Designer
    And passed: THE 276 Scenic Design, THE 385 Intermedial Performance Design II
  • The stages of development as a Properties Manager involve assuming leadership roles that include serving as a Stage Carpenter, Scenic Painter, Assistant Property Manager, and Properties Manager.

     

    Stage Carpenter

    To be eligible to serve as a Stage Carpenter, students shall:
    Have passed: The Harry Hope Theatre Safety Exam
    And passed: THE 275 Theatre Technology

     

    Assistant Props Manager

    To be eligible to serve as an Assistant Props Manager, students shall:
    Have passed: THE 176 Fundamentals of Theatre Design

     

    Scenic Painter

    To be eligible to serve as a Scenic Painter, students shall:
    Have passed: THE 282 Scenic Painting

     

    Properties Manager

    To be eligible to serve as a Properties Manager for a Mainstage PAD Theatre Production, students shall:
    Have served as: Stage Carpenter for a PAD Mainstage Production, Assistant Props Manager for a PAD Mainstage Production, Scenic Painter for a PAD Mainstage Production
  • The stages of development as a Scenic Designer involve assuming leadership roles that include serving as a Stage Carpenter, Scenic Painter, Assistant Property Manager, Assistant Scenic Designer, and Scenic Designer.

     

    Stage Carpenter

    To be eligible to serve as a Stage Carpenter, students shall:
    Have passed: The Harry Hope Theatre Safety Exam, THE 275 Theatre Technology

     

    Scenic Painter

    To be eligible to serve as a Scenic Painter, students shall:
    Have passed: THE 282 Scenic Painting

     

    Assistant Props Manager

    To be eligible to serve as an Assistant Props Manager, students shall:
    Have passed: THE 176 Fundamentals of Theatre Design

     

    Assistant Scenic Designer

    To be eligible to serve as an Assistant Scenic Designer for a Mainstage PAD Theatre Production, students shall:
    Have served as: Stage Carpenter for a PAD Mainstage Production, Scenic Painter for a PAD Mainstage Production, Assistant Props Manager for a PAD Mainstage Production
    And passed: THE 176 Fundamentals of Theatre Design, THE 276 Scenic Design, OR an independent study in Advanced Lighting Design

     

    Scenic Designer

    To be eligible to serve as a Scenic Designer for a Mainstage PAD Theatre Production, students shall:
    Have served as: Assistant Scenic Designer
    And passed: An Independent Study in Advanced Scenic Design, THE 285 Intermedial Performance Design I
  • The stages of development as a Sound Designer involves assuming leadership roles that include serving as a Sound Technician, Sound Board Operator, Assistant Sound Designer, and Sound Designer.

     

    Sound Technician

    To be eligible to serve as a Sound Technician, students shall:
    Have passed: The Harry Hope Theatre Safety Exam

     

    Sound Board Operator

    To be eligible to serve as a Sound Board Operator for a Mainstage PAD Theatre Production, students shall:
    Have Served as: Sound Technician

     

    Assistant Sound Designer

    To be eligible to serve as an Assistant Sound Designer for a Mainstage PAD Theatre Production, students shall:
    Have served as: Sound Board Operator

     

    Sound Designer

    To be eligible to serve as a Sound Designer for a Mainstage PAD Theatre Production, students shall:
    Have served as: Assistant Sound Designer, Sound Designer for an approved non-mainstage theatre production
    And taken: THE 276 Designing for the Stage, THE 281 Introduction to Sound Technology and Design
  • The stages of development as a Stage Manager involves assuming leadership roles that include serving as a Back Stage Run Crew or Board Operator, Assistant Stage Manager, and Stage Manager.

     

    Back Stage Run Crew or Board Operator

    To be eligible to serve as a Back Stage Run Crew Member or Board Operator, students shall:
    Have passed: The Harry Hope Theatre Safety Exam

     

    Assistant Stage Manager

    To be eligible to serve as an Assistant Stage Manager for a Mainstage PAD Theatre Production, students shall:
    Have Served as: Back Stage Run Crew or Board Operator for a Mainstage PAD Theatre Production

     

    Stage Manager

    To be eligible to serve as a Stage Manager for a Mainstage PAD Theatre Production, students shall:
    Have served as: Assistant Stage Manager for at least one Mainstage PAD Theatre Production
    And taken: THE 366 Stage Management
  • The stages of development as a Technical Director involves assuming leadership roles that include serving as a Stage Carpenter, Master Carpenter, Assistant Technical Director, and Student Technical Director.

     

    Stage Carpenter

    To be eligible to serve as a Stage Carpenter, students shall:
    Have passed: The Harry Hope Theatre Safety Exam
    And taken: THE 275 Theatre Technology

     

    Master Carpenter

    To be eligible to serve as a Master Carpenter for a Mainstage PAD Theatre Production, students shall:
    Have Served as: Stage Carpenter for a Mainstage PAD Theatre Production
    And have taken or taking concurrently: An Independent Study in Theatre Technology

     

    Assistant Technical Director

    To be eligible to serve as an Assistant Technical Director for a Mainstage PAD Theatre Production, students shall:
    Have Served as: Master Carpenter for a Mainstage PAD Theatre Production

     

    Student Technical Director

    To be eligible to serve as Student Technical Director for a Mainstage PAD Theatre Production, students shall:
    Have Served as: Assistant Technical Director for a Mainstage PAD Theatre Production
    And taken: THE 276 Designing for the Stage, THE 281 Introduction to Sound Technology and Design
  • Students who choose a concentration in Directing may serve as Researchers, Research Assistants, and Production Dramaturgs.

    The foundational stages of development include: Outstanding academic performance in:

    • THE 267 World Theatre History I
    • THE 268 World Theatre History II
    • and THE 270 Directing I
    Demonstration of excellent writing and research skills in the preliminary writing requirement course:
    • THE 270 Directing I (WI Stage 2)
    and the Upper-division Writing Intensive course:
    • THE 364 Performance in America (WI Stage 3)

     

    Students who wish to engage in advanced research projects; generating original scholarship; and assisting faculty in research, scholarship, publications, and applied research for production should demonstrate excellent research and writing skills through:(at least two of the following):

    • Independent Study Projects involving research and writing
    • and/or Serving as Intern for New England Theatre Journal book review section
    • and/or Serving as Research Assistant to Faculty
    • and/or Contribute promotional and critical articles to Campus Lantern
    (Culminating in):
    • Presenting original research at ECSU Research and Exhibition Conference
    • and/or Presenting original research at National Undergraduate Research Conferences
    • Preparing scholarly work for publication

     

    Students who wish to serve as the primary Dramaturg for a mainstage production should meet proficiency in the foundational stages outlined above, and have served as:

    • Dramaturgical Assistant to Faculty for a Mainstage Production
    • and/or Served as Asst. Director or Stage Manager for a Mainstage Production
    • and/or Directed a Student Production
    And taken:
    • THE 308 (ENG 308) Playwriting
    • or COM 357 Scriptwriting
    • or THE 474 Experimental Theatre