Investigators: David McGraw
Org Unit: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department(s): Theatre Arts
Proposal Summary:

In the performing arts, part of a stage manager s role is to verbally signal all lighting, sound, special effects, and stage automation sequences. On a normal theatrical production, a stage manager may verbally call 300-700 cues and trigger another 20-50 cues through a switchboard of signal lights. 

It is very difficult to teach students how to successfully call a show due to the production and labor costs of a live performance. It also would be very dangerous to place an inexperienced student in the calling position due to the safety concerns of moving scenery and automation. So, much like the simulators that air traffic controllers use to train and to improve their focus and stamina, we would create a simulator for stage managers calling theatrical cues. 












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