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Hobart, Launceston



This unit focuses on introductory skills and knowledge central to technical production for the theatre. It includes an introduction to the duties and skills required by technical support staff in theatre venues as well as the organisational skills appropriate to the preparation and execution of stage lighting, sound and mechanical departments. Students engage in the practice of safety procedures for responsible theatre operation.

Summary 2021

Unit name The Theatre Machine
Unit code FPB132
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Theatre

Dr Asher Warren

Teaching staff

Dr Asher Warren

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

1. Implement safety procedures of responsible theatre operation.

2. Use basic terminology, equipment and techniques for theatre production.

3. Integrate technical theatre elements as part of an interpretive stage design.

4. Investigate key technical developments and/or practitioners in regard to theatrical production.



Teaching Pattern

Workshops - 3 hours per week for 12 weeks


Task 1: Complete WHS (Work, Health & Safety) induction, risk assessment and follow safe operational procedures throughout semester (20%)

Task 2: Design Proposal, 1000 words (30%)

Task 3: Design Implementation (30%)

Task 4: In-class Presentation and summary (20%)

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