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DRAMA 111 A: Backstage Pass: Technical Marvels in Popular Culture

Backstage Pass
Meeting Time: 
TTh 10:30am - 12:20pm
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Syllabus Description:

Course Description 

This course is intended for students who have an interest in popular culture events such as concerts, award shows, sports events and half-time shows. It is designed to offer a behind the scenes look at how the entertainment industry conceives, plans and executes state-of-the-art technical challenges and solutions in making these large-scale events come to life.

This course does not require a text, but does require access to Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon Prime.

Learning Objectives

  • Apply knowledge of the vocabulary needed to discuss and appreciate large-scale events.
  • Differentiate styles of large-scale events and identify core elements shared by them all.
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate the stories and tools used in the creation of these event.
  • Recognize the large variety of people and roles required to pull off these events.
  • Acquire some tools to aid in producing and communicating event concepts.

Characteristics of Class Meetings

The material in this class will primarily be covered via lecture, discussion, work in small groups and share-outs.

Course Polices and Values


For absences due to University-sponsored events, or unforeseen medical or family emergencies, please provide documentation to the instructor. Any other absence will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Academic Integrity

Suspected student misconduct will be reported to the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct, and may have a substantial effect on your academic future.


Students are expected to maintain the highest respect and standards of courtesy to their colleagues. Each person in this class has a unique background and set of experiences that inform their perspective, and the contributions of each person in discussion and collaboration are valued. We ask that you respect the legitimacy of your peers’ experiences, and that you participate in discussion with that respect in mind. This is not to say that disagreement cannot occur, but that it should coexist with respect.


Much work done in Backstage Pass is collaborative. Show your colleagues your respect by attending classes, arriving to meetings on time, communicating in a respectful and timely manner, and keeping to an agreed-upon schedule for each stage of project work. 


We are committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to learn in a safe and supportive learning environment. Behavior that distracts or interferes with other students’ classroom experience will not be tolerated. Disorderly or disruptive students can and will be asked to leave class for the day; further disruptive or disorderly conduct will be reported to the appropriate dean. For further information, consult the UW Student Conduct Code.

Due Dates

Out of classroom assignments will lose 1 point for each day late. All tests are administered on the days outlined in the syllabus.

Disability Resources for Students

Mary Gates 011


uwdrs@uw.edu or disability.uw.edu

If you would like to request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact Disability Resources for Students (DRS). If you already have a letter from DRS, please present it to your me so we can accommodate your needs as soon as possible.

DRS offers resources and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and/or temporary health conditions. Reasonable accommodations are established through an interactive process between you, your instructor(s) and DRS. It is the policy and practice of the University of Washington to create inclusive and accessible learning environments consistent with federal and state law.


Catalog Description: 
Explores popular culture events such as concerts, award shows, sports events, and half-time shows. Offers a behind-the-scenes look at how the entertainment industry conceives, plans, and executes state-of-the-art technical challenges and solutions in making these large-scale events come to life.
GE Requirements: 
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Last updated: 
January 11, 2021 - 9:03pm