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Production Opportunities for Undergraduates

Production Opportunities for Undergraduates

Below you can find information on the production opportunities for our undergraduates.

Performance

The CSULB Theatre Arts Department holds mainstage auditions twice a year (December & May).

Mainstage productions rehearse 5-6 weeks at a time and perform over the course of 2 weeks.

Theatre Threshold also offers many opportunities in Performance as well. Check out the Theatre Threshold website to find out how to get involved.

Stage Management

Undergraduate students who have successfully completed THEA 141B/THEA 271 Stage Management and have served as an Assistant Stage Manager have the opportunity to manage a mainstage production.

Our undergraduate Stage Managers: 

  • Practice a professional model in the running of all rehearsals
  • Maintaining all production paperwork
  • Communicate with the design team, CSULB production staff and student crews, as well as stressing safety.
  • Work with both Theatre faculty directors and outside professional guest directors. For more information about Stage Management, please contact our Department Production Manager, Ashley Boehne Ehlers. Theatre Threshold also offers opportunities in Stage Management as well. Check out our website here to find out how to get involved.

Design

To inquire about main stage design opportunities please contact the appropriate faculty member:

  • for Scenic, Props, and Lighting opportunities, please contact our Head of Design, David Jacques
  • for Sound opportunities, please contact our Audio Technician, David Goyette
  • for Costume opportunities, please contact our Head of Costume, Nancy Jo Smith
  • for Makeup opportunities, please contact Gayle Baizer
  • Theatre Threshold also offers opportunities in Design as well.

Check out Theatre Hub website to find out how to get involved. Most of our running crew positions and our hang and focus crew positions are assigned as a practicum for entry-level tech classes.

Backstage

Most of our running crew positions and our hang and focus crew positions are assigned as a practicum for entry-level tech classes.

For more information, visit Backstage at the Beach. However, there are some running crew and production opportunities that students wishing to get more experience can take advantage of.

  • to learn more about being a Carpenter, Painter, or Prop Shop Coordinator, please contact our Technical Director, Robert Waltz.
  • to learn more about being a Board Programmer, Spot Light Operator, or to gain more experience as an Electrician, please contact our Master Electrician, Matthew Mikulka.
  • to learn more about being a Stitcher, and other Costume Shop opportunities, please contact our Costume Shop Manager, Michael Pacciorini.

Theatre Threshold also offers backstage opportunities for board ops and some running crew. Check out the Backstage at the Beach website to find out how to get involved.

Directing

After taking the Fundamentals of Directing course, eligible students are encouraged by invitation to take the Intermediate Directing class. This class is in collaboration with Rehearsal and Performance acting class and the Advanced Playwriting class. The work in these classes culminates in a new play festival presented at the end of the semester as a part of the Theatre Threshold spring season for Showcase class.

Assistant Directing

Students interested in directing are also encouraged to pursue mainstage assistant directing positions. These positions afford the student the opportunity to work with experienced professional directors to deepen and expand their understanding of the overall directing process within a fully produced production.

To inquire about directing opportunities on the mainstage or for special projects, please contact our Head of Directing, Anne D’Zmura.

Theatre Threshold Directing Opportunities

Theatre Threshold (TT) is our student-run production company, which offers student-produced work every week of each semester as part of Showcase class. TT is an exciting opportunity for student directors to propose and direct projects of their choosing to work in collaboration with their acting, design, and management peers. These productions are presented to our students, faculty, staff and community members.

Theatre Threshold offers advanced directing students the opportunity to be considered as the Artistic Director or Associate Artistic Director of this company. These year-long positions afford the student the opportunity to work within a professionally styled company structure to advance their artistic director skills including season selection, facilitation of casting and developing design teams, collaborating with other members of the company and previewing productions and providing feedback for their directing colleagues.

For more information, visit Theatre Hub.