Holly Beardsley is a do-it-all director. She started directing middle and high school students in her early college years and since then has written over ten shows and directed twice as many.

Do-it-all directors are responsible for everything it seems – the direction, the costuming, the choreography and of course, the set too. And though directors are ready to direct, to costume and even dance, there is something intimidating about designing and building a set.

The Do-it-All Director’s Introduction to Set Design will give you the director, who must do-it-all, the confidence and skills to not only direct but build your own set as well - no matter your experience or budget. This course will teach you set design basics, construction tips, budget tricks, and how to tackle your precious performance space armed with a hammer, and most importantly, without fear.

Course Summary

Standards Addressed

10 Modules
1 hours, 40 minutes
3 Credit Hours

set design props production directing

Course Outline

Lesson 0: Introduction 3:08
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Lesson 1: Vision & Ambiance 14:39
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Lesson 2: Flats, Platforms, & Wagons 14:53
Lesson 3: In and Out of the Black Box 10:22
Lesson 4: The Most Common Mistakes of Rookie Set Design 8:01
Lesson 5: Introduction to Construction 13:50
Lesson 6: Paint: The Key to a Colorful Set 16:14
Lesson 7: Dressing the Set 7:16
Lesson 8: Scene Changes 5:34
Lesson 9: Something from Nothing 6:43

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Standards Addressed

California VAPA Standards (2001)


California VAPA Standards (2019)


Adv.TH:Cn11.2 Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.

Adv.TH:Cn11.2.a - Justify the creative choices made in a devised or scripted drama/theatre work, based on a critical interpretation of specific data from research.

Acc.TH:Cn11.2 Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.

Acc.TH:Cn11.2.a - Formulate creative choices for a devised or scripted drama/theatre work based on research about the selected topic.

8.TH:Cn11.2 Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.

8.TH:Cn11.2.b - Identify and use artifacts from a time period and place to develop performance and design choices in a drama/theatre work.

7.TH:Cn11.2 Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.

7.TH:Cn11.2.b - Examine artifacts from a time period and geographic location to better understand performance and design choices in a drama/theatre work.

6.TH:Cn11.2 Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.

6.TH:Cn11.2.b - Investigate the time period and place of a drama/theatre work to better understand performance and design choices.

6.TH:Pr5 Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

6.TH:Pr5.b - Articulate how technical theatre elements are integrated into a drama/ theatre work.

Common Core


Florida Sunshine State Standards


Georgia Performance Standards 2010 - Theatre Arts


Grade 9-12 - TECHNICAL THEATRE II

TAHSTTII.1 - Designing and executing artistic and technical elements of theatre
a. Interprets, prepares, and presents elements of technical theatre to enhance a scene
b. Creates a two-dimensional study of a three-dimensional object, using scale drawings, perspective drawings, blueprints, or computer renderings to design scenery, costumes, and properties
c. Analyzes and justifies design choices
d. Applies the principles, elements, characteristics, and functions of design to a theatrical production
e. Analyzes dramatic texts for theme/s, settings, era, style, genre, and characters to determine technical requirements
f. Applies knowledge of design principles and elements to set and property design, costumes, lighting, sound, and makeup
g. Collaborates with the director to develop concepts that convey the metaphorical nature of theatre, film/video, and electronic media productions
h. Incorporates the use of technological advances in theatre and other disciplines to create formal and informal theatre, film/video, and electronic media productions

TAHSTTII.2 - Designing and executing artistic and technical elements of theatre
a. Develops designs that use visual elements to clearly convey environments suggested by the text
b. Illustrates the use of line, shape, texture, color, space, and balance to represent the environment of a plot
c. Designs original ground plans and set designs for a variety of dramatic works
d. Develops technical designs based on design concepts (e.g., musical and visual art principles) that meet the requirements of the dramatic work, film/video, and electronic media production

Grade 9-12 - TECHNICAL THEATRE I

TAHSTTI.1 - Designing and executing artistic and technical elements of theatre
a. Compares and contrasts the characteristics of different types of performance spaces such as a proscenium stage, studio/black box, thrust stage, classroom, arena, or found space.
b. Analyzes ways in which the characteristics of a performance space can influence production decisions properties, lighting, sound, costuming, and makeup
d. Creates a chart of the responsibilities of technical personnel, including designers, builders, and operators
e. Demonstrates theatre safety practices as well as an ethical use of available technology and resources
f. Considers the interrelated nature of lighting, costumes, makeup, sound, properties, scenery, acting, and direction to create in a unified theatrical production
g. Researches and selects lighting, sound, scenery, properties, costumes, and makeup to help create a particular theatrical environment
h. Selects, documents, and arranges props, furniture, costumes, and sound to create the setting and environment of the plot
i. Uses standard safety and operating procedures for tools and equipment used in formal and informal theatre, film/video, and electronic media productions

TAHSTTI.2 - Designing and executing artistic and technical elements of theatre (Sets and Properties)
a. Uses power tools under the operating and safety guidelines to construct theatre sets and props
b. Collaborates with other group members to design and construct a variety of functional scenic devices for a formal production
c. Describes and/or documents through words, drawings, technical elements, the setting and environment of a plot,
d. Uses available art materials, tools, and/or stock scenery to create and convey props and/or setting
e. Constructs or locates appropriate props to enhance a scene or production

GRADE 6

TAMS6.1 - Analyzing and constructing meaning from theatrical experiences, dramatic literature, and electronic media
a. Identifies the elements, themes, and structure of drama
b. Identifies, describes, and classifies character traits
c. Interprets meaning within the context of a dramatic text
d. Explores the connections between theatre and real life
e. Compares and differentiates between various forms of media

TAMS6.4 - Designing and executing artistic and technical elements of theatre
a. Explores the technical elements of theatre
b. Demonstrates ways in which technical elements enhance theatrical productions
c. Uses available resources to plan for and support theatre activities
d. Develops a plan to integrate the artistic and technical elements of theatre
e. Incorporates artistic and technical elements into a theatre production

TAMS6.6 - Researching cultural and historical information to support artistic choices
a. Applies research skills to theatre scripts, roles, and experiences
b. Examines the relevance of cultural and historical context
c. Utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to create original theatre
d. Synthesizes theatre styles and other media to create performances

TAMS6.7 - Integrating various art forms, other content areas, and life experiences to create theatre
a. Identifies similarities between theatre and other art forms
b. Draws conclusions about the relationships between theatre and life
c. Identifies theatre’s multi-disciplinary aspects
d. Utilizes a variety of sources to create original theatre
e. Demonstrates a variety of types of theatre performances

TAMS6.9 - Exploring the careers and business of theatre
a. Defines tasks associated with a theatre production
b. Calculates the amount of time needed to complete production tasks
c. Identifies and calculate costs associated the production
d. Creates an action plan and budget for a production
e. Analyzes the skills sets of professions associated with theatre production

Grade 9-12 - FUNDAMENTALS OF THEATRE II

TAHSFTII.1 - Analyzing and constructing meaning from theatrical experiences, dramatic literature, and electronic media
a. Critiques and analyzes elements of theatrical conventions
b. Generates and uses terminology and outline for critiquing theatre presentation
c. Cites evidence of how theatre reflects life through universal themes
d. Interprets text and subtext
e. Illustrates the process of script analysis in a variety of scripts

TAHSFTII.4 - Designing and executing artistic and technical elements of theatre
a. Identifies and defines the various roles of production personnel (sound/lighting, set, scenic, costume, makeup, marketing, and business aspects)
b. Identifies and applies basic elements and procedures involved in the construction of props, scenery, and platforms.
c. Distinguishes between effective and ineffective artistic designs
d. Infers elements of artistic design from scripts
e. Formulates a conceptualization of artistic design from scripts
f. Hypothesizes possible audiences responses to artistic elements
g. Creates product based on conceptualization
h. Demonstrates ability to plan, create, and assemble the technical elements for a scene or short play

TAHSFTII.7 - Integrating various art forms, other content areas, and life experiences to create theatre
a. Identifies the various art forms which may be integrated into theatre (e.g., dance, music, visual arts, graphic arts, and electronic media)
b. Recognizes the arts as an effort to interpret and intensify experiences
c. Examines the contributions of the other arts in the creation of a role or the production of drama
d. Synthesizes observation, imagination, and research to create characters, environments, and situations
e. Combines elements of other disciplines to create theatre arts

Georgia Performance Standards 2017 - Theatre Arts


National Core Arts Standards


TH:Cn11.2: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding - Grade HS Advanced

TH:Cn11.2.HSIII.a - Justify the creative choices made in a devised or scripted drama/theatre work, based on a critical interpretation of specific data from theatre research.

TH:Cn11.2: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding - Grade HS Accomplished

TH:Cn11.2.HSII.a - Formulate creative choices for a devised or scripted drama/theatre work based on theatre research about the selected topic.

TH:Cn11.2: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding - Grade 8

TH:Cn11.2.8.b - Identify and use artifacts from a time period and place to develop performance and design choices in a drama/theatre work.

TH:Cn11.2: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding - Grade 7

TH:Cn11.2.7.b - Examine artifacts from a time period and geographic location to better understand performance and design choices in a drama/theatre work.

TH:Cn11.2: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding - Grade 6

TH:Cn11.2.6.b - Investigate the time period and place of a drama/theatre work to better understand performance and design choices.

TH:Cr3.1: Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade HS Advanced

TH:Cr3.1.HSIII.c - Apply a high level of technical proficiencies to the rehearsal process to support the story and emotional impact of a devised or scripted drama/theatre work.

TH:Cr3.1: Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade HS Accomplished

TH:Cr3.1.HSII.c - Re-imagine and revise technical design choices during the course of a rehearsal process to enhance the story and emotional impact of a devised or scripted drama/theatre work.

TH:Cr3.1: Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade HS Proficient

TH:Cr3.1.HSI.c - Refine technical design choices to support the story and emotional impact of a devised or scripted drama/ theatre work.

TH:Cr3.1: Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade 8

TH:Cr3.1.8.c - Implement and refine a planned technical design using simple technology during the rehearsal process for devised or scripted drama/ theatre work.

TH:Cr3.1: Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade 7

TH:Cr3.1.7.c - Consider multiple planned technical design elements during the rehearsal process for a devised or scripted drama/theatre work.

TH:Cr3.1: Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade 6

TH:Cr3.1.6.c - Explore a planned technical design during the rehearsal process for a devised or scripted drama/theatre work.

TH:Cr2.1: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work - Grade HS Accomplished

TH:Cr2.1.HSII.b - Cooperate as a creative team to make interpretive choices for a drama/theatre work.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade HS Proficient

TH:Pr5.1.HSI.b - Use researched technical elements to increase the impact of design for a drama/theatre production.

TH:Pr6.1: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work - Grade HS Accomplished

TH:Pr6.1.HSII.a - Present a drama/theatre work using creative processes that shape the production for a specific audience.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade HS Accomplished

TH:Pr5.1.HSII.b - Apply technical elements and research to create a design that communicates the concept of a drama/theatre production.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade 8

TH:Pr5.1.8.b - Use a variety of technical elements to create a design for a rehearsal or drama/theatre production.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade 7

TH:Pr5.1.7.b - Choose a variety of technical elements that can be applied to a design in a drama/theatre work.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade 6

TH:Pr5.1.6.b - Articulate how technical elements are integrated into a drama/ theatre work.

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