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Department of Theatre

Degree Programs



DU Theatre is implementing a new system of courses for experiencing and learning about Theatre production. These courses replace DU's venerable ensemble program.

THEA 1400 run crew/tech schedules

Run Crew (Production Studio) schedule- Spring/Capstone  2017- 3/30/17

The Basics- requirements

Majors/Minors will complete:

These requirements are for students entering Fall 2013- see below for continuing Major requirements.

THEA 1200/1300 Tech and Costume Studio: Experience in Costume and Scene Shops.

  • Majors take 5 Studios. Minors take 2.
  • All students must take one Tech Studio/THEA 1200 (Lighting and Scenery) and one Costume Studio/THEA 1300. For the additional studios, students may choose additional Tech or Costume Studios for a total of five.
  • Studios take place MWF 2:00-6pm during the quarter, and continue until the last day of class. Students are required to attend all scheduled sessions.
  • Studio does have several days off during the quarter- see Studio calendar for details.
  • Each Studio student is responsible for one Saturday workday during the quarter.

THEA 1400 Production Studio: Practical experience in a Production

  • Majors take 5 Studios. Minors take 3.
  • Students may receive Studio credit for acting, designing, dramaturgy, directing and run crew for approved DU Theatre productions.
  • Students may count Acting/performance for a maximum of 3 Studios. The others must be Run/Design/Directing/Dramaturgy.
  • Working on productions in 2 different Capstone cycles counts as a Studio credit.
  • Staged readings and independent projects cannot be used for Studio credit.
  • Students must sign up for Production Studio credit prior to the Tech of the production they have chosen.
  • No retroactive credit.

Signing Up

Sign up like a regular class during registration: 

THEA 1200: Tech Studio
THEA 1300: Costume Studio
If the course is closed, please e-mail Steven at  We will be balancing each class, and registration may be limited for each section.

  • Tech and Costume Studio begin Monday of Week 2- you must be signed up prior to this date. Costume Studio has a limit of 10 students- sign up early for this if you want to get in!
  • You can only take a Costume Studio OR a Tech Studio in any single quarter. They share the same shop time, so you can't double those up.

THEA 1400: Production Studio

Sign up IMMEDIATELY after casting for both acting and design/run. You will need to add the class via add slip.

  • Run Crew slots are on a space-available basis. Please plan ahead!
  • You can take a Production Studio (show-related) and a Tech/Costume Studio at the same time- plan ahead- it's a big time commitment.

How Am I doing?

Track your progress- below are two spreadsheets listing completed credits. This information was compiled from Shop hour sheets, programs, etc. If there is a problem, please e-mail Steven at

These sheets will NO LONGER be updated after 8/13/14- now you can just look at your transcript/APR.

Tech/Costume Studio Completion Information (updated to Spring 2014- 8/13/14)

Production Studio Completion Information (updated to Spring 2014- 8/13/14)

Continuing Majors

Studio Requirements

Starting in the Fall 2015, for continuing majors:

Production Studios

  • The number of shows (acting/run crew) you need to work on is FIVE
  • Up to THREE 1400 credits can be performance.
  • At least TWO 1400 credits will be in run crew or design/tech/directing/dramaturgy positions.
  • There is no limit to the number of design/tech/directing roles you can count as Production Studios.

Tech/Costume Studios

  • The number of Shops you need to complete (costume/scenery/lighting) will drop from six to FIVE. You must take at LEAST one Costume and One Tech.


Still Wondering? Use our handy-dandy Handout! Explains:

  • Ensemble/Credit/Studio Explanation 
  • Convert Ensemble/Credit to Studios