Archived Versions

21M.606 Introduction to Stagecraft

As taught in: Spring 2009

MIT Seal altered to read Massachusetts Institute of Theater.

The MIT seal, with some modifications. (Image courtesy of MIT Theatre Department.)




Karen Perlow

Leslie Cocuzzo Held

Michael Katz

Sara Brown

Course Description

Offered in the spring and fall terms, Introduction to Stagecraft is a hands-on course that gets students working with the tools and techniques of theatrical production in a practical way. It is not a design course but one devoted to artisanship. Among the many remarkable final projects that have been proposed and presented at the end of the course have been a Renaissance hourglass blown in the MIT glass shop and set into a frame turned on our set shop lathe; a four harness loom built by a student who then wove cloth on it; a number of chain mail tunics and coifs; a wide variety of costume and furniture pieces and electrified period lighting fixtures.