Student Handbook

This handbook has been prepared to acquaint you with various aspects of the program.

MTSU THEATRE MISSION ACADEMIC PROGRAM Academic Advising Mid Program Review Production Practicum Policies

Preparing Your Design/Tech Portfolio Preparing Your Resume Writing Rubric for Theatre Courses Attending MTSU Theatre Productions Participation in MTSU Productions Class Attendance and Preparation Theatre Majors’ Meetings Theatre Majors’ List-serve MTSU Student Conduct Policies PRODUCTIONS MTSU Auditioning and Casting Policy THEATRE FACILITIES AND SHOPS Tucker Theatre Policies and Procedures Tucker Theatre Scene Shop Rules and Regulations Costume Studio Employee Guidelines Studio Theatre Theatre Box Office Callboards Student Key Policy Related Student Opportunities Student Productions Alpha Psi Omega Internships



Our philosophy. Through a liberal arts approach to theatre training with innovative programs of educational discovery, students will explore their creative and intellectual potential to become future artists, scholars, educators and practitioners of the performing arts.

Who we are. The Theatre Program at MTSU is the leading comprehensive undergraduate program in Tennessee and is highly regarded throughout the Southeast region. The program averages 150 students and is the largest undergraduate program in the State. Graduates of this program can be found in professional theatre, film, television, and theatre education throughout the United States.

What we do. Our program is designed to assist students in becoming theatre professionals and successful graduate degree candidates.   With a strong commitment to undergraduate education, the program allows students to choose a focus on performance (acting and directing), design and technical theatre, or to work towards an Education degree with certification to teach theatre.  All MTSU theatre students are expected to gain a broad-based knowledge of all major aspects of production as well as a solid grounding in the history, theory, and literature of their art.  Students may also find instruction and opportunities to obtain skills in playwriting, stage managing, and the business aspects of the entertainment arts.  There are numerous opportunities for internships and participation in local, regional and national theatre festivals and conferences.  As a result of their work in the classroom, on the stage, backstage, or behind the scenes, as well as their participation in the opportunities mentioned above, MTSU theatre students will also acquire the communication and interpersonal skills necessary for effective collaboration within an ensemble.

Where we are going. We aim to be one of the leading comprehensive programs for theatre professionals and educators in the Southeast region through a continued focus on academic quality, creativity and dedication to student-centered training.

Our goals. We seek to:

  1. Prepare students to be quality theatre professionals and educators with a commitment to lifelong learning, creativity and teaching in the arts.
  2. Assist students in becoming responsible and productive citizens who engage the local and global community in creativity and in support for the arts.
  • Train students to reach out and embrace diversity as an enhancement to creativity in the arts and as a means to celebrate our humanity.
  1. Contribute to the education of all MTSU students through quality performances in which culture, values and social awareness are artistically expressed.


Academic Advising


Your Advisor

You will be assigned an advisor from among the faculty of the Theatre program. Your advisor will assist you in selecting courses and planning your schedule.

  • It is important that you maintain contact with your advisor throughout your enrollment.
  • Faculty advisors post a schedule of office hours and you should feel free to call on them anytime you need assistance.
  • One of the best ways to ensure a successful academic career is to use the academic advising process.
  • Academic advising is a time for you and your advisor to discuss academic and career goals, schedules for the upcoming semester, and opportunities available to you in your major.
  • These advising sessions should occur at least once a semester.
  • To find the name and contact information for your assigned advisor, check your PipelineMT account.
  • Feel free to consult with members of the Theatre faculty regarding theatre courses and production assignments, as well as other issues regarding academic goals, personal aspirations, and professional ambitions. (adapted from UT)

Students who have earned less than 30 hours before the registration period are required to see an advisor before registering. A hold will be put on your registration and removed once you have been advised. Courses that you are currently enrolled do not count towards this rule.


Advising Appointments

All students are expected to see an advisor prior to registering for the next academic term. If you are scheduled for an advising appointment, you must attend.


Keep in mind: Active and continual participation in the Theatre production program is the key to your preparation as a Theatre professional.


Mid Program Review

During the semester that the student will complete 60 hours, the student will be reviewed by the theatre faculty prior to registering for the next semester. This formative review will prepare the student for entrance to upper level study. This consists of a comprehensive review of the student’s theatre record. A registration hold will be put on student’s registration until student has completed the review process.

  • Transfer students who have completed 45 hours or more and who have completed at least 12 hours of course at MTSU will be reviewed in the second semester of his or her enrollment at MTSU.

Student Theatre Record compiled by the Director of Theatre will include:

  • Grades (transcript)
  • Overall Participation in Theatre major program (record)
  • Practicum assessments (THEA 2900 and 4900)
  • Performance assessment (audition records, performance courses in record)
  • Design and Technology assessment (design/tech courses in record)
  • Program of study record (advising file)
  • In addition, the student will be asked to submit portfolio materials and resume development by email to Director of Theatre.

Review Process: Faculty Committee (appointed by Director of Theatre) will review the student record and make recommendations about the student’s future progress in the program. An appointed faculty member (appointed by the Faculty Committee) will meet with student to go over the Student Review. The review results will be forwarded to the academic advisor to aid in planning for the student’s future. 

Complete Review

  • 0 or better in all THEA courses
  • Successful completion of Gen Ed courses
  • Participation in productions: auditions, crews, etc.
  • Positive assessment of performance and design/tech coursework and practicums
  • Adequate compilation of portfolio materials and resume development
  • Adequate advancement in Program of Study

Incomplete Review

  • Did not obtain 2.0 or better in all THEA courses
  • Non-successful completion of Gen Ed courses
  • Level of participation in productions: auditions, crews, etc.
  • Negative assessment of performance and design/tech coursework and practicums
  • No compilation of portfolio materials or resume development
  • Inadequate advancement in Program of Study

If a student does not meet criteria of the Review, Faculty Committee may recommend student to repeat the Review at the end of the next semester and/or for counseling to consider academic support or other options of undergraduate study. The nature and spirit of this review should be formative and intended to provide the student with effective feedback and support to facilitate successful completion of the theatre degree program.


The Mid Program Review has been developed in accordance to NAST requirements (NAST Handbook, 2012-13, p. 86) under V. Admission to Undergraduate Study, D. Theatre Aptitudes and Achievements, 1. Auditions and Evaluations.


 Production Practicum Policies

  • As a requirement for graduation, majors in Theatre MUST complete Thea 4900 Production Practicums. The number of practicums needed will be specified in your designated undergraduate catalog (
  • Students may obtain permits to enroll for THEA 4900 from faculty who supervise practicum projects – show directors, costume, scenic, lighting, and management area faculty. You MUST work out details of your practicum assignment with project supervisor first. 
  • You may enroll in THEA 4900 after the Drop/Add deadline using a Drop/Add form obtained through the Department of Theatre and Dance and processed though the Scheduling Center. A POD is still required along with the Drop/Add form.
  • Grading for THEA 4900 courses will use the Production Practicum Rubric Consult your practicum supervisor for details.  Practicum supervisors will complete a rubric form, assign a grade, and inform the Faculty of Record of the grade.  The Faculty of Record is responsible for posting the final course grade in PipeLine.
  • Practicum projects are approved for work on departmental productions or for other on-campus productions in which the student’s work is supervised by departmental faculty.
  • Students may enroll for NO MORE THAN two (2) practicum courses during a single semester.
  • Students may enroll in a THEA 4900 course up to one semester after the practicum project is completed. No THEA 4900 credit will be given after one semester has passed, excluding summer terms. See Appendix.


Preparing Your Design/Tech Portfolio


Your portfolio should:

  • Include a wide range of work that represents your abilities as an artist, designer and technician.
  • Be neatly arranged so that it starts and ends with your strongest work. (You want to begin with a good impression and leave a good impression).
  • Include examples of design projects (both class work and realized), photos representing finished products (lights, sets, props, make- ups, costumes, etc) and artwork of all types.
  • Have at least one complete project that shows your process from start to finish including but not limited to: inspiration/concept ideas and/or concept statement, research, preliminary /thumbnail sketches, color palette, final sketches and/or a photograph of the set model, construction drawings (if applicable), photos of the completed design(s) and examples of the designs from the other members of the team.
  • Make sure that your portfolio and resume are reviewed by your mentors before you go on an interview. Remember that we are here to help you. All criticism is intended to be constructive and is given in an effort to help you become successful.

Preparing Your Resume

Your Resume should be 1 page and include:

  • Name
  • Contact Information
  • Work/Experience (select focus – lights, costume, etc.)
  • Related experience
  • Skills
  • Education
  • References


Writing Rubric for Theatre Courses

An Above Average paper will demonstrate the following characteristics:

  1. The entire essay is related to the assigned topic; all task requirements have been addressed.
  2. Introduction is engaging, clear, and well-developed.
  3. The paper has a clear and well-defined thesis.
  4. Paper is well organized and well supported. Supporting points are presented in a logical sequence.
  5. Conclusion is thought-provoking and well-developed.
  6. Sentence structure is sophisticated; vocabulary is precise and suited to the purpose; the paper contains few serious grammatical errors

             An Average paper will demonstrate the following characteristics:

  1. Most of the paper is related to the assigned topic, and the major requirements of the task have been addressed.
  2. Introduction has been attempted and is at least partially engaging.
  3. The paper has a thesis; however, the thesis may not be easily identifiable nor particularly original or thought-provoking.
  4. Meets requirements for organization and development.
  5. Main points are adequately supported
  6. Paper contains an adequate conclusion.
  7. Sentence structure has some variety; vocabulary is adequate and usually appropriate to the task.
  8. Paper may contain grammatical errors but not a consistent pattern of serious errors which make the paper hard to understand.

A Below-Average paper will demonstrate the following characteristics:

  1. Little or no attempt has been made to address the topic.
  2. Introduction & conclusions non-existent or poorly developed.
  3. Paper seems randomly organized and development is weak.
  4. Supporting details are vague.
  5. Sentence structure basic and there are many inaccurate word choices.
  6. Grammatical mistakes are numerous and distract from any understanding of the paper’s purpose. 

Attending MTSU Theatre Productions

  • Every major not directly involved (i.e., not in the cast or on the running crew), with a major departmental production must see a performance of that production. Not only will you be supporting your fellow students, you will be seeing live theatre, which will enhance your theatre education. (adapted from FIU)
  • Ticket Prices: $10 - General Admission; $5 - MTSU Faculty & Staff and K-12 students; MTSU students FREE with valid ID. Limit one per student.
  • To Purchase Tickets: Tickets may be purchased online at Tickets may also be purchased at the door beginning one hour prior to performance.
  • Free Student Tickets: Students MUST present a valid MTSU ID to receive a free ticket. M#'s are not accepted. Students may receive 1 FREE ticket per production (not Performance). Reservations may not be taken for FREE student tickets. Students must present their MTSU ID at the Box Office to receive their ticket. Tickets may be picked-up in advance during regular box office hours or at the door beginning one hour prior to performance.
  • Attendance Credit: Attendance will be reported by use of the student's MTSU ID. The card will be scanned at the close of each performance (no early scans permitted) and a report of attendance will be sent to all theatre instructors following the close of a production. Attendance will not be credited without an ID (no M#'s).
  • Late Arrival: Tucker Theatre does maintain a late arrival policy. Students arriving more than five (5) minutes after the show has begun will not be admitted to the performance and are not eligible for attendance credit, regardless of whether they have a ticket. Note that lines can be long at the box office, so arrive early or get your tickets in advance. Seating for shows begins 30 minutes prior to show time.
  • Complimentary Ticket Requests: Persons requesting complimentary tickets should either complete a “Complimentary Ticket Request Form” and leave in Justin Durham’s mailbox or stop in at the Theatre & Dance Ticket Office during regular scheduled business hours. A Comp list will be provided for each production. The number of comp tickets available to each person is listed at the category heading, but are as follows: Cast & Crew receive 2 per production (not per performance).

Participation in MTSU Productions

As a theatre major, you must participate in the theatre production program. You should be involved in one major production per semester. Involvement in major productions includes any role in performance or mounting the production from cast to construction crew.


Class Attendance and Preparation

The MTSU Theatre faculty subscribes to a policy requiring students to attend class regularly. It is vital for theatre artists to establish professional work habits, especially punctuality. It is expected that Theatre students will attend every class period and be consistently on time. Illness, religious holidays, or participation in athletic or University sponsored activities are acceptable excuses for absences, but official notification and arrangements should be made with the instructor by the student. The Theatre faculty publishes in the course syllabi and enforces these attendance policies for their classes. Faculty will request reasonable documentation or verification of claims regarding absences. Repeated unexcused absence or tardiness in Theatre courses demonstrates a lack of commitment to the program and will result in serious consequences to your course grade and success in the Theatre program. See the following:


  • Majoring in Theatre requires extensive work outside of class preparing scenes and monologues for acting, voice, and directing courses, completing projects for design and technology courses, and preparing for academic courses.
  • All theatre classes at MTSU require outside study and/or rehearsal.

Theatre Majors’ Meetings

A meeting for Theatre majors will be held at the beginning of each fall and spring semesters. All Theatre majors are expected to attend. This meeting is an important tradition to the Theatre program. The meeting provides an opportunity for all students to receive important information about the program and the campus, meet the faculty and be a part of the Theatre culture.


Theatre Majors’ List-serve

An email list-serve for Theatre majors provides information to students throughout the year.  You will be added to this list at the beginning of every fall semester. You should consider the list-serve as a valuable source of information. If you have questions about the list-serve, contact the Director of Theatre and Dance. The mission of the list-serve is to announce and promote MTSU Theatre curriculum events and MTSU Theatre sponsored co-curricular activities. Announcements include but are not limited to MTSU Theatre advising calls, auditions, and majors’ meetings, etc.


MTSU Student Conduct Policies


MTSU Statement of Community Standards and Expectations

MTSU is committed to the ideal of developing and nurturing a community of scholars. The choice to associate or affiliate with the MTSU community is freely made by students, staff, and faculty; nevertheless, it is assumed that each person who joins the community will accept and practice the following core values and expectations:

  • Value of Honesty. The notion of personal honesty and academic integrity is central to the existence of the MTSU community. Community members will not engage in cheating, plagiarism, or fabrications of any type. All members of the community will strive to achieve and maintain the highest standards of academic achievement.
  • Respect for Diversity. The MTSU community is composed of individuals representing different races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and cultures. The community embraces and celebrates this diversity as a pillar of its strength.
  • Commitment to the Community. Citizens of the MTSU community will be good stewards of the University’s resources and will not engage in conduct which damages or exploits the community.
  • Freedom of Expression. The MTSU community is a marketplace of ideas and opinions. Community members are encouraged to freely communicate their ideas and opinions on issues both within and outside the community.

MTSU Student Conduct and Behavior While Off-Campus

As a member of a MTSU production and a MTSU Theatre student, you serve as a representative of the University on campus and off-site at any Theatre organizational function or event. You must take this responsibility seriously and abide by all rules and regulations of the University and the off-site location. If your actions or behaviors are found to be in conflict with these rules and regulations, you may face disciplinary actions and academic penalties. 


Social Networking And Information Technology Policies

  • As a MTSU Theatre student, your online behavior will be held to the same standard of conduct as your face-to-face behavior. See MTSU Academic Misconduct and Disruptive Behavior Policies.
  • Students are encouraged to help publicize department productions and events through social networking sights such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. However, students may not present themselves as the MTSU Theatre Program. This includes, but is not limited to, posting ‘MTSU Theatre’ or similar title as the title for an internet page or site, or using any MTSU or program logo or artwork without permission.
  • Students should also be very cautious about discussing any Theatre program events that the Theatre faculty has not yet announced to the public.
  • Social Networking allows rumors to quickly make their way into the newspaper which can cause damage to the MTSU Theatre program ’s reputation and may block plans for productions or events. There are often limitations on advertising imposed by royalty holders and violating these limitations could result in the Theatre program the rights to produce specific productions. (adapted from UCF)
  • MTSU assumes no obligations to monitor student online community accounts; however, as with other public arenas, when brought to the attention of officials, the University may respond to activities that violate MTSU’s rules and regulations of the Information Technology Resources Policy.

Online Communication and Social Networking Guidelines

In all your communication and postings online:

  • Be professional at all times. You are preparing yourself to be a career professional. Think before posting photos or messages that might compromise your future. 

For more information see MTSU Student Rights and Responsibilities


The MTSU Production program is an extension of classroom theory and training. The productions mounted are primarily for the education and training of theatre students. Students are given the opportunity to serve in almost any production role that he/she has earned through in class training, experience and proven skill. The following are production participation policies, production role descriptions and student role guidelines.


MTSU Auditioning and Casting Policy

  •  Auditions are open to all MTSU students with a minimum GPA of 2.0.
  • Two department productions are produced each semester. Theatre majors must audition for BOTH shows to be eligible to be cast in either show. If a student decides not to audition in a given semester, they remain eligible to audition in subsequent semesters.
  • Students must accept any role as cast. Directors may alter casting as needed.
  • Auditions for fall semester productions are immediately after the Majors Meeting on the first Wednesday of the fall semester.
  • Auditions for the spring semester are late in the fall semester.
  • Audition dates are announced by email (majors only) and posted on the callboard. Audition requirements and callbacks (monologues, cold readings, etc.) may vary among directors.
  • Students must indicate any conflicts with the rehearsal and performance period on the audition form. Conflicts not listed on the audition form will not be excused. Missing or being late to a rehearsal may result in dismissal from the production.
  • Any student who withdraws or is dismissed from a departmental production, for reasons other than those agreed upon by the theatre faculty, will not be permitted to participate in any MTSU theatre productions for one calendar year.
  • The theatre faculty may make exceptions to the casting policy at their discretion.

Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) Auditions

Students desiring summer acting work are encouraged to audition at the SETC professional auditions. Screening auditions are held at the TTA (Tennessee Theatre Association) annual conference in October (location varies within the state of Tennessee). If you pass the screening audition at TTA, you are eligible to audition at the SETC professional auditions held in March at the SETC annual conference (location varies throughout the southeastern United States). Guidelines and application procedures for the TTA screening auditions can be found at Guidelines and application procedures for the SETC professional auditions can be found at You will need the signature of a faculty sponsor on the application. In order to represent MTSU at any audition, the student must agree to participate in coaching sessions from a MTSU faculty member to prepare for the audition.

Students may also consider auditioning at MWTA (Midwest Theatre Auditions) at Webster University in St. Louis in February, or NETC (New England Theatre Conference) in Boston in March. For information, visit the MWTA and NETC websites:



Tucker Theatre Policies and Procedures

As Tucker Theatre is a part of the Institution named Middle Tennessee State University, Students make up the primary work crew and technical staff. Students must adhere to the policies and procedures set forth by the Speech and Theatre Department. For policies and procedures regarding Tucker Theatre patrons, productions and labor, see the Tucker Facilities Policy Manual.

Theatre Facility Usage Guidelines

  1. Supervisory Roles
  • For periods prior to Opening Night: Acknowledged supervisors for Scene Shop, Stage Area, and Lighting Facilities are as follows: Facility Manager, Faculty Technical Director, Faculty Scene Designer, Faculty Lighting Designer, and Scene Shop Foreman.
  • For periods after Opening Night: Acknowledged supervisors for Scene Shop, Stage Area, and Lighting Facilities are as follows: Facility Manager, Faculty Technical Director, Faculty Scene Designer, Faculty Lighting Designer, Scene Shop Foreman, Faculty Director/Choreographer, and Faculty House Manager.
  1. Scene Shop and Stage Area Facilities Usage
  • Students shall not be allowed to use any power saws unless the Facility Manager, Scene Design/Technical Director Professor, or the Shop Foreman is on site and the student has been checked out on those saws by either the Scene Design/Technical Director Professor or the Scene Shop Foreman.  Signature must be on file in the Safety Officer’s office.  All use of Shop after hours must be pre-approved by the Scene Design/Technical Director Professor or the Shop Foreman.
  • Students shall not be allowed use of the rail unless the Facility Manager, the Scene Design/Technical Director Professor, or the Scene Shop Foreman is on site AND the student has been approved for rail usage.  Signature must be on file in the Technical Director’s office.
  • Under no circumstances may a student use a personnel lift without the direct on stage supervision of the Facility Manager, the Scene Design/Technical Director Professor, or the Scene Shop Foreman.  Only approved students may operate the lift.  Signature must be on file in the Technical Director’s office.
  • Ladders over 8’ in height are not to be used unless the Facility Manager, the Scene Design/Technical Director Professor, or the Scene Shop Foreman is on site or another student is on site serving as a spotter.  Also, ladders may not be elevated over 2 feet above the stage floor proper.
  • Department work calls must end no later than midnight if the call began before 6pm.  Calls beginning after 6pm must end no later than 2am.
  • Students are STRONGLY recommended to use a ‘Buddy System’ and to check exterior doors when staying past 10pm.
  • Students are STRONGLY recommended to leave the facility by midnight.
  • Stage Manager of each production needs to inform Campus Security of Technical Rehearsal Schedule so they may adjust their schedule accordingly.
  • Facility Manager will request that Campus Security begin checking building at 10pm to address student safety concerns, and inform them of our midnight/2am time frame for closing the facility.

III. Lighting Facilities Usage

  • Students shall not be allowed to hang or focus any lights in Tucker Theatre that they cannot reach from the floor unless the Facility Manager or Lighting Professor is on site.  All hanging and focusing of lighting must be pre-approved by the Master Electrician, Facility Manager or Lighting Professor.
  • Students shall not be allowed use of the rail unless the Facility Manager or the Lighting Professor is on site supervising AND the student has been approved for rail usage. (Signature must be on file in the Technical Director’s office.)
  • Under no circumstances may a student use a personnel lift without the direct on-stage supervision of the Facility Manager, Lighting Professor, the production’s Master Electrician, or trained Faculty / Staff.  Only approved students may operate the lift.  (Signature must be on file in the lighting or facility office.)
  • Ladders over 8’ in height are not to be used unless the Facility Manager, Master Electrician, or the Lighting Professor is on site or another student is on site serving as a spotter.  Also, ladders may not be elevated over 2 feet above the stage floor proper.
  • Until further notice the cherry picker is non-operational.  It is not to be used for any purpose at any time.
  • Unless specifically directed to do so by the Facility Manager, Master Electrician, or the Lighting Professor, students are not to touch the electrical panels or dimming system in Tucker Theatre.
  • Under no circumstances shall a student dismantle an electrical panel (including for the tying in of tails).
  • Under no circumstances shall a student use a fogger or a hazer after hours.
  • Department work calls must end no later than midnight if the call began before 6pm.  Calls beginning after 6pm must end no later than 2am.
  • Students may use the lighting consoles for cuing purposes in the evening and on weekends if this time has been assigned as part of a lighting class or if they are the lighting designer assigned to a department production.  Student cuing time for class work must end by midnight.  Student cuing for productions must end by 2am.
  • Under no circumstances are students allowed to move lighting consoles unless approved by the Facilities Manager, Master Electrician, or the Lighting Professor.
  • Students are STRONGLY recommended to use a ‘Buddy System’ and to check exterior doors when staying past 10pm.
  • Students are STRONGLY recommended to leave the facility by midnight.
  1. After Hours Rehearsal Policy for Theatre Students in BDA
  • Students will not be issued or may not borrow keys to the building.
  • Students will not rehearse in the Studio Theatre longer than 1 hours per session.
  • Student directed productions and Fresh Person Showcase take precedence over classroom scenes.
  • Students will not rehearse after 12:00 a.m. in the theatre building.
  • The University Police will be notified that our students are allowed in the building until 12:00 a.m. by either the Faculty Supervisor of the specific project or the Theatre Coordinator.
  • Students will only use the theatre lobbies and the studio theatre and any other open spaces for rehearsal. They will not use any classrooms that require unlocking.
  • Students will not use props or set pieces other than those allowed and stored in the Studio Theatre and the Green Room.
  • The rehearsal spaces will always be cleared after use.
  • If students have problems that they cannot manage and they need assistance they are to call the University Police at 898-2424.
  • Building hours are 6 AM – 11 PM Monday through Saturday. Campus Police will enforce these time limits. Key Card access may be granted for additional use at the discretion of the Facility Manager in conjunction with Campus Police.

Tucker Theatre Scene Shop Rules and Regulations

  1. Proper clothing is required.
  • No loose or baggy clothing.
  • Long sleeves must be securely pulled up or changed.
  • No excessively baggy pants.
  • No open toed or backless shoes.
  • Shoes with a leather or thick rubber sole, such as work shoes/boots are highly recommended.
  • Shoes must be tied or securely fastened.
  1. All jewelry must be secured.
  • No loose necklaces or bracelets.
  1. Long hair must be pulled back and out of your eyes.
  2. The Written Hazcom Program is available for anyone to read on request. One is located in the Scene Shop, on Manager’s desk.
  3. Also note the location of The Right-To-Know station above Shop Manager’s desk. This contains all the warnings and information an each chemical product used in the shop.
  4. Safety glasses are required.
  • Provided by Management.
  1. Hearing protection is required when tools are in use.
  • Provided by Management
  1. Dust masks are available and must be used with certain job related tasks. You will be notified by Shop Manager when they are required and trained in proper use of.
  2. All personal items must be stored in lockers, or in the theatre while working in the shop. Locks are not provided.
  • Valuable items can be locked up at request.
  1. Please silence all cell phones when working in the shop with the only exceptions - Shop Manager and T.D. for emergency use only.
  • This means no calls or texting.
  • If for some reason you absolutely have to make a call, please do so outside of shop.
  1. You must first be certified by Safety Advisor, or proper authority, before using any saws.
  2. No use of shop is permitted without authorized supervision.
  3. All productions, other than main stage shows, must first schedule use of shop facilities before build is slated to begin.
  4. Air filters must be turned on when any cutting or spraying is done.
  5. Loading door to stage should remain closed unless you are loading in.
  6. If, for any reason, you are uncomfortable doing the assigned task, let the Shop Manager, or supervising authority, know immediately and another task will be found for you.
  7. Before you leave shop, the area where you were working must be cleaned. Tools must be put in the proper places and area should be swept and cleaned of any debris.
  8. All employees’ must sign in on arrival, and sign out when leaving.
  • This includes Shop Staff and Practicum students. Stagecraft hours will be logged by student and signed by Shop Manager or Staff when you sign out.
  1. Report all injuries, slips, and falls immediately to Shop Manager /supervisor. No matter how minor.
  2. Please come ready to work and focus on assigned tasks. The shop can be a dangerous place to be if even one person is not paying attention. To minimize the risk of injury, please listen closely to, and follow all instructions given on use and care of Personal Protection Equipment, proper use of tools, and any other specific safety instructions you are given.
  3. Failure to follow the safety procedures will first result in a formal warning. Continued failure to follow safety procedures will result in ejection from the shop and a possible permanent disqualification from any future shop use.

Costume Studio Employee Guidelines


As a Costume Studio Employee, you will be expected to perform various clothing construction (hand and machine) techniques, repairs, alterations, pressing, and other duties as assigned.  These instructions will be given to you by the Costume Studio Coordinator. 


Please behave in a polite, pleasant, and professional manner while working in the Costume Studio.  Respect the property of others during your shift.  Supplies are located in various bins and boxes in the Costume Studio.  Please replace supplies when you are through with them.  Try to clean up your work station during the last 15 minutes of the posted Costume Studio hours. 

Refer safety issues, repairs, and THEA 3200 students wishing to complete lab hours or projects to the Costume Studio Coordinator. 


As a Costume Studio Employee, you must adhere to all MTSU safety procedures.  Specific concerns include:

  • Always use the locking ladder (never use a chair) when retrieving items from wall shelves/cupboards in the Costume Studio, Laundry Room, Dressing Rooms, or Storage Room. Be sure to exercise care while climbing up and down the ladder
  • Use caution while operating the professional irons to avoid burns and injury (the shop irons are much hotter than home irons)
  • When repositioning items on the ironing board, be sure to place the iron squarely on the safety pad (not the ironing board)
  • When using an industrial serger, always press the “OFF” button when leaving the work station (even if you plan to be away for only a moment)
  • While operating any Costume Studio equipment, keep face and hair away from moving mechanisms and remove long necklaces and long scarves
  • Never engage in any type of horseplay, running, or throwing objects in the Costume Studio
  • Cell phone usage/texting is not allowed in the Costume Studio (please go outside to make or receive calls)
  • Student workers are not allowed to work in the shop unsupervised (The Costume Professor or the Costume Studio Coordinator must be present)

Studio Theatre

policies and procedures

  1. Food and Drink: No food or drink—except bottled water—is allowed in the Studio Theatre without the express written consent of the Facility Manager. This rule applies to the use of food or drink for scenes.
  2. Access: Professors with classes in the Lab Theatre will be provided with a key to unlock the facility for their classes. For access after-hours and on weekends, a key will be provided to the primary contact of the Renting Organization.  This key must be returned to the Facility Manager at the end of the rental by placing the key in the box outside the Facility Manager’s office.  Usage of the Studio Theatre is strictly prohibited from midnight to 6:00 AM.  Campus police will enforce this rule if this prohibition is violated.
  3. Lockup: Users of the Studio Theatre should ensure that all doors are locked and secure before leaving the room. Failure to properly secure the Facility may result in immediate action including, but not limited to, immediate eviction from the Facility and revocation of any and all usage rights.
  4. Furniture and Props: Audience chairs MAY NOT be used as props under any circumstance. A limited selection of furniture, rehearsal cubes, and hand props is located in the prop cabinet and in the back of the seating area.  All items should be returned to their proper storage location at the end of each class/rehearsal even if you didn’t originally find it there (shelves and drawers in the cabinet are labeled).  Additional furniture and props may be brought in but will not be provided by the department. The use of furniture from the BDA lobby and Green Room is prohibited. Failure to adhere to this policy may result in revocation of any and all usage rights. Please be aware that whatever you leave in the space during the day may get used and/or stolen by people taking classes in the Studio Theatre.
  5. Standard House and Work Lights: House and Work Lights are controlled from switches located immediately inside the entrance to the theatre and beside the Control Booth door. If there is any difficulty with these lights, call the Facility Manager at 615-898-2181.  If the office is closed, please leave a message and the problem will be corrected the next business day.  In an emergency, contact Facility Services at 615-898-2414.
  6. Lighting: No provision for lighting beyond house and work lights shall be made for rehearsal or classes. Rentals (including Lab Projects) may use the Repertory Lighting Plot (Plot and Paperwork available upon request).  All personnel who will use/operate the lighting and its associated equipment are required to be approved in advance by the Lighting Faculty and Facility Manager.  Any and all alterations from the plot as drafted shall be restored by the Renter prior to the end of the Rental Period even if the Renter believes said alterations were not made by the Renter.  Failure to restore the Repertory Lighting Plot will result in additional fees and, where appropriate, grade reduction.  Additional lighting equipment (even if brought in by the Renter) must be approved in advance by and is at the sole discretion of the Facility Manager.
  7. Sound: No provision for sound reinforcement or reproduction is made for rehearsal or classes. Rentals (including Student Projects) may request playback capability, clear-com headsets, and minimal sound reinforcement (microphones) from the Facility Manager.  All requests are subject to availability and are at the sole discretion of the Facility Manager.  All sound equipment provided for use by Renters is the sole responsibility of the Renter.  Damage to or loss of said equipment will be billed to the Renter.  Sound equipment beyond that deemed reasonable by the Facility Manager will result in additional labor and/or rental fees and may be wholly and summarily denied. All personnel who will use/operate said sound equipment are required to be approved in advance by the Facility Manager.
  8. Audience Seating & Capacity: By fire-code, seating in the Studio Theatre is limited to 100. A three-foot (3ft.) aisle must be kept clear from the stage through all exits (to the lobby, the green room, and to the back hallway exits).  These aisles must be clear at all times.  Audience chairs may not be placed in any configuration whereby any audience member must cross more than seven (7) chairs to reach the aisle (e.g. no more than fifteen (15) chairs in a single row).
  9. Audience Notifications: Adult language, mature situations, and the use of haze, smoke, or strobes must be approved in advance by the Faculty Supervisor and require the conspicuous posting of appropriate signage in the Studio Theatre Lobby. Appropriate signs will be provided by the Facility Manager if/when said language/situation/effect is approved. Use of haze or smoke requires the presence of an Event Manager and advance notification of the UT Police and may result in additional fees.
  10. Preshow Announcement: All events with an estimated audience of fifty (50) or more people within the Boutwell Dramatic Arts complex are required to play our pre-recorded preshow announcement immediately after taking the “House to Half”. Events requiring Audience Notifications (defined above) must make an additional announcement including said notifications at this time.
  11. House Management: All events with an audience of more than ten (10) people require the presence of a qualified House Manager whose sole responsibility for the production is to be the House Manager. Said House Manager must be present prior to the entry of any audience and for the duration of the event. Qualification as defined here is at the sole discretion of the Facility Manager.
  12. Auxiliary Spaces: Use of spaces beyond the confines of the Studio Theatre (including its stage, house, lobby, control booth, and bathrooms) must be arranged in advance through the Facility Manager and are subject to availability and additional fees.
  13. Cleanup: All audience chairs, props, furniture, and curtains (if present) shall be restored to their appropriate locations prior to the end of class or rehearsal.
  14. Accident Notification: Any accidents or injuries that occur in the Studio Theatre should be immediately reported to the Facility Manger at 615-898-2181 or the Safety Officer.
  15. Fire: In the event the fire alarm goes off, everyone in the facility MUST immediately evacuate the building. If you believe your group is responsible for accidentally setting off the alarm, one person may remain in the building and follow the instructions for a possible false alarm located at the alarm enunciator (next to the call board). Failure to evacuate the building in either case will result in immediate revocation of usage privileges and/or appropriate disciplinary or legal action.
  16. Smoking: See MTSU Tobacco/Smoking Policy.
  1. University Policies: All users of the Studio Theatre are responsible for knowing and adhering to all policies and requirements of Middle Tennessee State University, including, but not limited to, policies regarding fire, drugs, and alcohol.
  1. Scheduling: Students who wish to use the Studio Theatre for rehearsal may reserve the theatre for up to one and a half (1.5) hours by legibly writing their name in the appropriate space on the schedule outside the backstage entrance to the Studio Theatre. The Studio Theatre Schedule for the next week will be posted by 10:00 AM Friday morning. Faculty and Staff wishing to reserve the space may submit their request to the Facility Manager at any time prior to the schedule being posted.  Faculty and Staff may not reserve the space after the schedule is posted.


The Studio Theatre schedule for the following week will be posted outside the Main Entrance by 9:00 AM Monday.  Students currently enrolled in theatre classes may sign-up for up to ONE (1) hour of free-time after it is posted.  Faculty, staff, and non-theatre students should contact the Facility Manager BEFORE the schedule is posted to schedule time in the Studio.

All users of the Studio Theatre are required to both know and adhere to the Studio Theatre Rules and Guidelines posted on the Studio Theatre information board.  Violation of these rules will result in immediate disciplinary action.

Items left in the Studio Theatre will be turned into the Keathley University Center Lost and Found.  As the space is used constantly, the MTSU Speech and Theatre Department offer no guarantee about the safety of anything left in the facility. 


Theatre Box Office

Free Student Tickets: Students MUST present a valid MTSU ID to receive a free ticket. M#'s are not accepted. Students may receive 1 FREE ticket per production (not Performance). Reservations may not be taken for FREE student tickets. Students must present their MTSU ID at the Box Office to receive their ticket. Tickets may be picked-up in advance during regular box office hours or at the door beginning one hour prior to performance.

Attendance Credit: Attendance will be reported by use of the student's MTSU ID. The card will be scanned at the close of each performance (no early scans permitted) and a report of attendance will be sent to all theatre instructors following the close of a production. Attendance will not be credited without an ID (no M#'s).

Late Arrival: Tucker Theatre does maintain a late arrival policy. Students arriving more than five (5) minutes after the show has begun will not be admitted to the performance and are not eligible for attendance credit, regardless of whether they have a ticket. Note that lines can be long at the box office, so arrive early or get your tickets in advance. Seating for shows begins 30 minutes prior to show time.

  • Theatre & Dance Faculty & Staff receive 2 comps per performance
  • Cast & Crew receive 2 per production (not per performance)
  • Others may also appear on the list, and their available comps should be denoted next to their name



The various bulletin boards located in the hallway on the first floor of the BDA are your most immediate source of day-to-day information. These include the Student Projects, Faculty, Production and Community callboards. As a theatre major, you are expected to check the callboards once a day.

  • Student Projects callboard is reserved for announcements for student productions and projects.
  • The Faculty callboard is for faculty to use to announce information to students about projects, classes, etc.
  • The Production callboard is the major communication tool for the current productions. Here you will find audition information, rehearsal calls, crew assignments and calls, and other pertinent information.
  • The Community callboard is for all postings other than faculty, productions and student projects/productions.

Student Key Policy

If you are assigned to a production role or shop/laboratory position, you may be issued keys for entry to perform tasks. The assignment of keys should be regarded as a responsibility and a symbol of trust. You will be responsible for the keys and the security of the space. You will be required to sign the following agreement: (see Appendix)

I understand that key control is a matter of workplace safety, ensuring building security and minimizing potential for loss or theft of property. As such, I agree to use assigned keys for official Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) purposes only. I agree to maintain assigned keys in a secure and responsible manner. I will not allow an unauthorized person to use keys assigned to me. I understand that any loss or failure to return an assigned key may make my work unit subject to costs of key replacement and/or rekeying. I agree that upon employment separation, I will return to MTSU all keys that have been issued to me. If I fail to return an assigned key, I understand that a $50 irretrievable key fee per key may assessed to the account listed on this form.

Related Student Opportunities

Student Productions - STUDENT SUCCESS SERIES

The Department of Theatre and Dance Student Success Series exists to create high quality productions in an effort to educate the student population and provide performance and production opportunities as an extension of the classroom experience.

The following guidelines are intended to provide the essential technical elements for four fully realized productions for MTSU Theatre and Dance Student Success Series.  They serve to produce the highest level of artistic quality show(s) within the limited financial and personnel resources available. Finally, they establish a framework of responsibilities as well as a template for a timeline to implement technical elements. These guidelines may be negotiated for exception prior to the beginning of each semester; however, once the semester has begun the format displayed below is the guideline that shall be followed.

Scenic Studio/ Elements

Theatre Production Faculty/Staff/Students:

  • Will work together to execute the following technical elements within a limited resource allocation of 50 personnel hours for each show:
  • Execution of simple scenery & props (construction, painting, etc.), with planning for all elements to be confirmed with staff at least 30 days in advance of the first technical rehearsal.
  • Repositioning / hanging of drapery (typically to include teasers and legs as well as a black curtain to serve as a backdrop) on the first or second workweek day of the technical reservation period; repositioning curtains to the “rep” position, if necessary, following the show.

All supplies for constructing, painting, or otherwise implementing scenic and properties elements will be charged to the Student Success Series budget.

Lighting Elements

Lighting Faculty/ Staff/ Students:

  • Supervise all aspects of lighting for each dance concert (design/student design and implementation) as well as restoring lighting to the “rep plot” following the show.
  • Coordinate scheduling of hang & focus as well as cueing sessions with the Production Manager; scheduling coordination should take place within the first 30 days of each semester. Typically, the theatre is reserved for approximately 7 days (except for class meeting times) for lighting preparations and technical rehearsals.
  • Purchase of basic lighting supplies (gel, gobos, etc)
  • Students are responsible for securing student production staff. Students may receive laboratory credit in conjunction with lighting courses, or they may receive THEA 4900 Production Practicum credit for their work on the show.


Theatre Production Faculty/Staff/Students:

  • Setup and install sound equipment appropriate to the needs of the show.
  • Students must provide personnel to operate sound system.


Theatre Production Faculty/Staff/Students:

  • Students design all projections. Meeting specifications of equipment in Tucker Theatre. Specifications are available upon request.
  • Provide as necessary personnel to operate the video projection systems.

Stage Management

Theatre Production Faculty/Staff/Students:

  • A competent stage manager will be provided. Assistant stage manager(s) may be provided as needed and as student(s) are available.
  • Coordinate production aspects for the show.
  • Coordinate with the production manager regarding all use of facilities and equipment.


Costume Faculty/Staff/Students:

  • It is the responsibility of the students to coordinate a time with the costume coordinator to pull clothing from stock.
  • Purchases made be made on as needed basis for the production.
  • Students are responsible for securing student production staff. Students may receive laboratory credit in conjunction with costume courses, or they may receive THEA 4900 Production Practicum credit for their work on the show.
  • The costume studio will be available throughout the semester to students who wish to create their own costumes. This will be by appointment only and is at the sole discretion of the Costume Studio Manager. Re-imbursement of costume materials and supplies must be approved in advance by the Costume Coordinator.
  • Laundry supplies, Soap, dryer sheets, etc. will be provided.

Production Meetings

Production meetings will be held throughout the semester according to the production calendar. A representative of each production area should make plans to attend. Those who are unable to attend must communicate with the stage manager their specific needs for their shows before the meeting.

Production Management

Production Manager Staff/Students:

  • Oversee scheduling of the theatre space, budget, staffing and personnel for all Tucker Theatre based shows.
  • Responsible for house management and ticket services. Staffing includes one house manager for each performance.
  • Coordinate box office personnel and operation.
  • Coordinate Promotional and Marketing activities for each show. Standard marketing materials include posters and printed programs for each concert. 
  • Students are responsible for providing ushers for all shows
  • Students are encouraged to supplement these minimal marketing materials with press releases, email alerts, and social media posts, etc.

Conflict resolution

In any artistic endeavor, artistic differences will come into play. Creativity should and will have room to flourish. The Director of the show has final say over the artistic choices; the Director should be responsible for resolving any conflicts that may arise within these areas. 

To address conflicts that may arise between directors and designers/technical staff where an amicable solution is unreachable, the production manager will mediate the solution. It is expected that all parties will agree to carry out that solution. These decisions will be made, to the best ability of the Production Manager,  while considering first, the students, second, the schedule, and third, the budget.

Production Schedule – (Working backward from opening night)

3 days out – Dress Rehearsals (Single technical Runs of the show, a second run is at the discretion of the director, but will not include production elements.)

4 or 5 days out – Cue to Cue/Final Tech (Run-through of show with all technical elements) May be Saturday or Sunday depending on calendar.

Tuesday-Friday before Final Tech – Spacing and lighting cueing in Tucker Theatre or Anderson Studio - 6pm-10pm daily

Sunday/Monday/Tuesday before final tech – Scenic/Lighting load-in.

2 weeks out – Costume Studio works with designer on pulling costumes. Directors should stop by to look at costumes on a regular basis.

3 weeks out – Final Production Meeting, Costume designer and Costume Studio Manager begin pulling costumes.

4 weeks out – Final designs are due.

5 weeks out –

6 weeks out –

7 weeks out – 

8 weeks out – Production Meeting – Check-in on concepts and needs.

9 weeks out – Printed Program Information Due.

10 weeks out – Design/ concept Meeting with Designers.

11-13 weeks out – Logistics meeting

Previous Season – Marketing Posters/ Graphics etc. complete prior to end of school year.

Alpha Psi Omega

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.

Membership Eligibility:

  • Membership is based on a point system specified in the local chapter Constitution.


Theatre Art and Theatre Arts Education Internship Guidelines

  1. Objectives
  2. To integrate classroom studies with supervised work experiences in a professional theatre environment.
  3. To develop a working relationship between MTSU Theatre, our students, and professional arts and arts education organizations.
  4. To provide practical experience and exposure to varied work methods not available on campus.
  5. Eligibility
  6. Students must possess a minimum cumulative G.P.A of 2.5 at the start of the semester in which the internship occurs. NOTE: A higher G.P.A might be required for certain internships.  This is at the discretion of the Faculty Advisor for the internship.
  7. Students must have successfully completed a minimum of 15 credit hours in theatre courses by the start of the semester in which the internship occurs. Production Practicums are not to be included in these 15 credit hours.
  8. Students must obtain a Permission of Department form. To be signed by both the Faculty Advisor for the internship and the Faculty of Record.
  9. Student must possess demonstrated skills in area of internship. This is to be determined by the Faculty Advisor for the internship.
  10. Application Process (interested students should meet with a Faculty Advisor to establish internship guidelines)
  11. Objectives- statement of student goals and how the internship can contribute to these goals.
  12. Duration- length of internship and number of hours per week.
  13. Student responsibilities- description of internship duties.
  14. Method of evaluation- see academic requirements section.
  15. Other forms as required by specific internships.
  16. Academic Requirements: Academic viability will be determined by the appropriate Theatre Arts Faculty using the following guidelines.
  17. Internship duties must be of a scope and complexity to warrant academic credit.
  18. Before embarking on an internship, the Student and Faculty Advisor must agree on a method of academic evaluation. The following would be required:
    1. Student will keep a journal recording experiences and observations of the Theatrical Art and/or Theatrical Arts Education process.
    2. During the internship period, the Student must keep the Faculty Advisor informed of their process at predetermined intervals, no less than every two weeks.
    3. Upon completion of the internship, the Student will be required to return to campus and turn in paper(s), project(s), presentation(s), etc. to the Faculty Advisor as mutually agreed upon prior to the start of the internship. This aspect should exhibit evidence of creative accomplishment.
    4. Internships may not be taken as “Pass/Fail” or as “Audit”.
  19. In order to provide flexibility and to enable individualized attention to the internship, the following are recommended:
    1. The advisor may arrange an on-site visitation during the internship period.
    2. An additional research project may be developed in tandem with the internship.
    3. Other predetermined methods of evaluation may be applied to specific cases as mutually agreed upon by the Student as well as the Faculty Advisor.
  20. Guidelines for granting credit.
    1. The amount of credit to be granted should correspond with the number of work hours anticipated. The breakdown is as follows:

                  1 credit hour=45 hours minimum of internship work hours.

                  2 credit hours=90 hours minimum of internship work hours.

                  3 credit hours=135 hours minimum of internship work hours.

            The maximum credits for one internship is 3 hours.

  1. The credits earned during an internship will be upper-division.
  2. If internship program includes a stipend or salary, credit may only be given for accompanying academic work.
  3. Target Theatre Art and/or Theatre Arts Education organizations. Organizations considered for internships must meet the following requirements:
  1. Demonstrated production and/or education excellence.
  2. Skilled supervisors willing to participate in evaluation.
  3. Possess facilities and equipment that match the scope of the project in terms of quality and quantity.
  4. Provide opportunity for Student to participate on a professional level.
  5. Provide safety of Student at all times.


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