Main-stage productions typically rehearse Monday through Friday from 7-10:30pm and either Saturday or Sunday for up to 4 hours. Conflicts with the rehearsal schedule must be reported on audition forms. Conflicts that arise later must be given to the Stage Manager to be cleared by the Director. Students cannot be required to attend rehearsals during University holidays.
The rehearsal schedules for student-run productions (including student-directed Black Box Series shows) vary widely.
Jones Theater is used as the rehearsal and build space for mainstage shows. Thus the stage must be safe and clear for rehearsals each night. If designers or build crew need to be in the space during rehearsal time for lighting focus, cueing, work call, painting the floor, or anything else, it is negotiated with the Director and Stage Manager during production meetings.
Following the guidelines set forth by the Actors Equity Association, actors and rehearsal staff take regular breaks throughout rehearsal as scheduled by the stage manager. Breaks are 5 minutes in every hour of work or 10 minutes in every 1-1/2 hours of work.
Stage Managers arrive 15-45 minutes early for rehearsals in order to sweep, mop, and set up. Actors must arrive with enough time to put on rehearsal clothing and check their props if necessary.
Rehearsals are open to the Southwestern community. Anyone may sit in on rehearsal provided that they clear it with the Stage Manager and Director and remain quiet and respectful.
The entire production team and cast attend Designer Presentations, which are usually held at the first rehearsal right before a read-through of the script. The stage manager, director and designers introduce themselves and talk about the concept for the show. Often the Scenic Designer presents a color model and the Costume Designer presents color renderings. The Lighting and Sound designers may describe nuances of their designs since their designs are due to be completed at a later date in the production process. Crew members are welcome to attend. Designers are not required to stay for the read-through.