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Theatre students are assigned an advisor and the list is posted on the Callboard. Academic advising takes place on a schedule based on class rank. The Registrar will announce this schedule and you should arrange a meeting with your advisor. You are encouraged to prepare for your advisement meeting by examining the Master Schedule and establishing a tentative plan for the ensuing semester. You should also be familiar with the general education requirements as found in the Catalog.
You should meet with your advisor:
- when you wish to discuss any matter that affects your academic performance.
- when you wish to add or drop a class, take a class pass/fail, etc.
- when you are having trouble in your coursework.
- when you wish to share academic successes.
- when you wish to improve your study skills.
- if you are considering changing your major.
- if you're interests and/or goals have changed.
- to check-in periodically to say hello.
- when you don't know where else to go for help.
Although the university provides extensive advising and counseling services, it is ultimately your responsibility to monitor your own progress, and to understand and follow university standards for academic performance.
To maintain good standing, it is a Theatre student's responsibility to:
- collect all relevant decision-making information (master schedule of classes, academic catalog, etc.)
- stay up to date with all university policies and procedures.
- maintain all personal copies of grade reports, degree progress reports, and all other pertinent information.
- always come prepared to advising appointments with proper information, forms, etc.
- build a schedule free of conflicts that allows time for the many departmental responsibilities and expectations.
- become familiar with all of the services available you.
- ASK QUESTIONS!
Portions of the above section were modified from the University of Indianapolis Athletic Handbook.
Alpha Psi Omega was organized as an honorary dramatic fraternity for the purpose of providing an honor society for those doing a high standard of work in dramatics and, through the expansion of Alpha Psi Omega among the colleges and universities, to provide a wider fellowship for those interested in the college theatre. The fraternity is not intended to take the place of the regular dramatic club or other producing groups, but as students qualify, they are rewarded by election to membership in this society.
- A regularly enrolled student of the college, of satisfactory scholarship, who has participated in a major role of one long play, or two one-act plays, staged by the institution or acceptable organizations, and has done work of such merit and quality as to be approved by the dramatic director.
- A student who has written a play, that has been produced.
- Efficient work as business manager, stage manager, or student director for two long plays.
- Staff work such as carpenter, prop man, electrician or work in scene painting, costume making and designing.
- Minor speaking parts in four full length plays or five one-act plays.
- Honorary and faculty membership may be conferred.
- A point system may be substituted for these provisions.
Taken from Constitution and By-laws of the Alpha Psi Omega Fraternity
All show materials including photos, programs, PR material, etc. are collected by the Front of House Student Manager and filed in the Archive Room. The Archive Room contains a number of scripts that may be checked out. There is also a small library of original scripts submitted by playwrights for possible production by the Department. Anyone wishing to check out any of this material or to view scripts must make arrangements with the Front of House Student Manager, preferably during posted office hours. The Front of House Student Manager establishes a procedure for checking in/out Archive material using the Props/Equipment/Archive Material Sign-out, and insuring archive items are returned in a timely manner.
Every year, the Department of Theatre presents several awards to outstanding students at the Department of Theatre Senior Recognition Banquet.
- Alfred Edyvean, Sr. Freshman Award for Academic Excellence--earned by the freshman Theatre or Theatre Education major, who was a major both semesters, with the highest cumulative grade point average during the freshman year.
- The Kellogg Upperclassman Award for Academic Excellence--earned by the graduating Theatre or Theatre Education major, who was a major at least four semesters, with the highest cumulative grade point average.
- Brinson Ministry through Drama Award--is given in recognition of a student, faculty/staff member, or alum who best exhibits the use of ministry through drama.
- And finally, the coveted Golden Hammer Award for Significant Breakage or Downright Clumsiness is awarded to the student who has broken, destroyed, and/or ruined the most significant or greatest amount of equipment or material. This includes breakage of oneself.
Click HERE to see the award archives.
(Each award is not necessarily given every year)
Bulletin Board--The Bulletin Board is used for announcements of auditions and internships, posters from graduate theatre programs, and so on. You are encouraged to check this board periodically for career and educational opportunities. Of particular interest are the announcements for regional audition/interviews such as SETC, MWTC, U/RTA, etc.
Callboard--The bulletin board marked "Callboard" is to be used strictly for items pertinent to Department productions posted by the Production Stage Manager, Director, Department Administrative Assistant, or Faculty/Staff member. The left half of this board is reserved for Departmental notices, memos, and postings.
Costume Shop Bulletin Board--The Costume Shop Bulletin Board is to be utilized for notices pertinent to work in the Costume Shop.
Mailboxes--Important hardcopy items such as cast/crew comps will be placed in student mailboxes. You are encouraged to check your mailbox several times a day.
MyUIndy Theatre Channel--All Theatre majors will automatically be subscribed to the Theatre Channel on their MyUIndy homepage. The Theatre Channel has replaced the public Theatre website and now houses all forms, this Handbook, numerous archives, etc. The public website is now targeted strictly to the public.
Production Callboard--The bulletin board marked "Production Callboard" located near the dressing rooms is to be used strictly for items pertinent to a specific Department production posted by the Production Stage Manager, Director, Department Administrative Assistant, or Faculty/Staff member.
Ransburg Lobby Bulletin Board--The Ransburg Lobby Bulletin Board is to be utilized for publicity for the current Department of Theatre production.
Shop Bulletin Board--The Shop Bulletin Board is to be utilized for notices pertinent to work in the Scene Shop.
Stage Bulletin Board--The Stage Bulletin Board is to be utilized for notices pertinent to work on the Ransburg Auditorium stage.
Stage Manager Reports
Daily Rehearsal Reports--The production Stage Manager will generate Daily Rehearsal Reports for each rehearsal. Please visit the MyUIndy Theatre Channel for the online form. Submitting the form automatically sends it to the Theatre student listserv. The Stage Manager then prints out the message and posts the hard copy on the Callboard. These reports will be the primary method of communication for the entire production team during the rehearsal process. They will include updates on production needs as they arise between weekly Production Meetings. Everyone in the cast, crew and those with positions of responsibility should check e-mail and/or the Callboard each day.
Design Meeting Reports--The Staff Production Manager/Technical Director runs weekly Design Meetings, and the Stage Manager generates Design Meeting Reports for each meeting. Please visit the MyUIndy Theatre Channel for the online form. Submitting the form automatically sends it to the Theatre student listserv. The Stage Manager then prints out the message and posts the hard copy on the callboard. These reports will be a primary method of communication for the entire Department.
Production Meeting Reports--The current production Stage Manger runs weekly Production Meetings, and generates Production Meeting Reports. The Stage Manager will then generate Production Meeting Reports for each meeting.Please visit the MyUIndy Theatre Channel for the online form. Submitting the form automatically sends it to the Theatre student listserv. The Stage Manager then prints out the message and posts the hard copy on the callboard. These reports will be a primary method of communication for the entire Department. They will include updates from each of the faculty and staff, Student Managers, positions of responsibility, et al. During the Student Directed Productions, if there is a student Production Manger, he or she will run the weekly Production Meetings and generate the Production Meeting Reports using the procedures outlined above.
Running Notes--Once the show opens, the production Stage Manager will generate Running Notes for each performance. Please visit the MyUIndy Theatre Channel for the online form. Submitting the form automatically sends it to the Theatre student listserv. The Stage Manager then prints out the message and posts the hard copy on the callboard. These notes will be a primary method of communication for members of the production team during the running of the production. They will include updates on production needs as they arise. It is imperative that everyone in the cast, crew and those with positions of responsibility check e-mail and/or the Callboard each day.
All notices posted on any Bulletin board should be typed or computer printed.
The Department is very interested in placing students in "internship" or "apprenticeship" opportunities with local, regional, or national theatres. After graduation, prospective employers value professional or other non-college work experience on an applicant's résumé. We encourage students to pursue theatre work outside of the Department as long as such work does not interfere with course work or Departmental responsibilities. Internships may be paid or unpaid.
Credit-bearing Internships are administered through the Office of Career Services. All internships are intended to enable college students to integrate classroom studies with actual professional experience, while providing off-campus employers with a cost-effective staffing option. Interested students should contact a Faculty member and visit the Office of Career Services for a packet that includes information and application forms.
Currently, the Theatre curriculum does not include a credit bearing Internship course, but if a student is interested in receiving college credit for a work experience, that student should contact the Chair of the Department. A noncredit bearing internship, whether paid or unpaid, will appear on a student's official transcript.
The Department of Theatre awards several scholarships to incoming students every year. These scholarships can be as much as one quarter tuition awards. The receipt of these scholarships is based on an audition/interview process.
- Available to full-time Theatre Majors and Theatre Teaching Majors
- Theatrical audition/interview before Theatre Faculty required
- Award based on demonstrated talent
- Participation in all major productions required to renew Theatre Scholarship
- Must maintain at least a 2.5 G.P.A. To renew Theatre Scholarship
- Renewable up to eight full-time semesters
There are numerous opportunities to earn money working on the department's Stage Crew in the Ransburg Auditorium. If you qualify, you may work on the Stage Crew through the University's work-study program. Such work includes but is not limited to, working on University events such as Lecture/Performance series and outside or special events such as pageants, dance concerts, and so on. Stage Crew members may be asked to run lights, sound, or work backstage, to set up microphones or lighting, and to handle any other production needs as they arise. Furthermore, Stage Crew members may accrue hours working on special projects or productions as deemed necessary by the faculty/staff.
The Stage Crew hours are approved by the Staff Production Manager/Technical Director.
No Stage Crew hours will be available in a Student Manager's own area (e.g. the Prop Shop Student Manager cannot accrue hours working on props for a production).
Training Sessions--Mandatory training sessions may be scheduled from time to time.
Time sheets--Time sheets are typically due every other week during the academic year--specific times TBA each semester. Time sheets are available outside the Staff Production Manager/Technical Director's office. You must fill out your time sheet and have it signed by your Faculty/Staff supervisor by 4:30 on the day before it is due. Stage Crew members are responsible for filling out their time sheets and turning them in to the Staff Production Manager/Technical Director who will submit them.
Projects Suitable For Stage Crew Assignment--include, but are not limited to:
- Improvements to theatre areas
- Projects for other campus organizations (Alumni, Dining Hall, Music Dept., etc.) approved by the Faculty T.D.
- Projects that require the expertise of an upper-class, trained Theatre student
- Production work, if no volunteers, Student Managers and/or Theatre Production workers are available
- Regular scheduled area maintenance, inventory, cleaning, sorting, clerical, etc.
Projects Not Suitable for Stage Crew Assignment
- Projects in which the Stage Crew worker is the immediate supervisor. Student Managers requesting Stage Crew assignments should be assigned to another Manager. In some instances, Student Managers may be assigned Stage Crew responsibilities in their own area only if it is a scheduled project and no other Stage Crew worker is qualified and/or interested in the assignment
Order of Stage Crew Assignment
- The Assistant Auditorium Student Manager will be the first to be asked to assist the Auditorium Student Manager with an outside event.
- If the Asistant Auditorium Student Manager is unavailable and/or if more assistance is needed, the Stage Crew will be next in line to be asked.
- If the Assitant Auditorium Student Manager is unavailable and/or if no Stage Crew members are available and/or if more assistance is needed, the other Student Managers are next in line to be asked, in the following order:
- Lighting Student Manager
- Scene Shop Student Managers
- Costume Shop Student Managers
- Prop Shop Student Manager
- If the Auditorium Student Manager and the Assistant Auditorium
Student Manager are not available to work an event, and the Staff Production Manager/Techinical Director is also not available, other managers may be asked to step in and supervise the stage crew.
- Exceptions may be made to the above if someone has specific skills needed to complete a task/event, as approved by the Staff Production Manager/Techinical Director.
The Department subscribes to several services such as ArtSEARCH and SETC Job Bulletin that list job announcements in theatre. Additionally, the Department receives job announcements directly from prospective employers. These announcements will be kept in a job notebook located in the Theatre Suite. Make a habit of examining these listings periodically for employment opportunities. Please do not remove pages from the notebook--copy down the pertinent information. There are literature racks located on the wall in the Theatre Suite. These racks contain current issues of several theatre journals, the Chicago Theatre Directory, and other information.
The Department maintains a listserv dedicated to Departmental business. Every Theatre major will automatically be subscribed to the list after submitting his or her address to the Department Administrative Assistant or Director of Theatre. You may send pertinent messages to everyone in the department by posting your message to the list. Contact the Director of Theatre for the address. Messages sent to this address will be posted to everyone on the list. Keep this in mind when replying to messages from the listserv. If you want to send a private message to an individual, send it to that person's e-mail address not to the listserv. The listserv is reserved for departmental and production oriented messages. All theatre majors should acquire an e-mail account and check it regularly for important information. Any student wishing to use a non-university email address (such as Hotmail, AOL, etc.) must contact the Director of Theatre.
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