Broadcast Television Stage

TV Stage and Control Room Policies

No Food or Drink on the Counters:  Keep food, drinks, and all liquids off the front countertops in the TV Control Room.  This includes water, even if it is in a bottle!  If we see it, we will throw it out no questions asked.  Water is allowed in the TV Stage but it must be in a closed container and kept off all equipment and I/O panels.

Proper Footwear Must be Worn in the TV Stage at All Times:  Sturdy shoes which cover the entire foot and have a thick flat sole must be warn while in the TV Stage.  Work Boots and Tennis Shoes are preferred.  Heels, flats, and sandals are strictly prohibited.  Anyone not wearing proper footwear will be asked to leave the stage.  

No Storage in the TV Stage or Control Room:  Do not leave anything in the TV Control Room or TV Stage between classes.  Items left behind will be sent to Lost & Found or thrown out.  

If it doesn’t work, Tell Us!  If you find broken or malfunctioning equipment, please tell us right away.  The sooner we know, the quicker we can get it fixed.

All Weapons must be Permitted in Advance:  If you intend to use prop weapons of any kind - including guns, swords, and knives - you must complete a Weapons Usage Form prior to bringing it into the Studio.   See the Production Handbook for information on obtaining a permit.

Booking the TV Studio Outside of Class Time:  If you need extra time in the TV Stage to rehearse or work on a special project, you request it through Marita Tyler with at least 48 hours advanced notice.  The TV Studio is in high demand with other classes and maintenance.  Do not assume it is available for your use.    

Equipment Does NOT Leave the TV Stage:  If you need equipment for a class assignment on location, it must come from the Gold Room.  TV Students may make equipment reservations using WebCheckout.  The type of equipment available for check out is determined by the class you are enrolled in.  Visit to access WebCheckout. 

No flame, no fire, no smoke, no fog, and no sand in the TV Stage:   All these release air particles that are harmful for our equipment. 

Maximum Occupancy:   The TV Stage has a maximum occupancy of 40 people.  If you want to have a live studio audience, please keep in mind that you can have only 40 people in the TV Stage including your crew, on-camera talent, and audience.  Approval is needed from Fire Marshal Mark Davis to have a live studio audience.

Leave No Trace, Clean up after Productions:  Throw out all trash, wrap up cables, reset and return all equipment and pull up tape marks.  Don’t leave a mess for the next class to deal with.  A clean control room makes the program look good.

Stage Capacity

A maximum of 49 occupants. Assembly not allowed

Stage Depth

27'2" except by vestibule in southeast corner, where it is 18'.

Stage Width

26' except by the vestibule, where it is 17'.

Stage Height

21'8" to grid.


2" schedule C pipe.

Elephant Door

9'10" wide, 16' high

Stage Floor

Flat Masonite. Painted with a wood grain. Okay to screw into.


ETC Express.

Electrical Circuits

All connectors are grounded stage pin 82 - 20amp circuits on raceways 6 - 60amp circuits on raceways 8 - 20amp circuits distributed on south, west and north walls 2 - 60amp circuits on west and north walls 4 - Edison 20amp circuits, one on each wall (house power)

House Light Control

One switch by entrance and one by vestibule fire exit. 


No controls in stage. 

Load in/Load out

37' x 37' loading dock located on south side of building. 12' x 16' roll up door located on south side of building. 60' long, 19' wide, 16' high corridor leading up to TV Stage.

Dressing Room

Located in room 162, first floor, production wing.  This is a shared space with other stages.  8 stations.  Please only use 2 stations. More at Stage Managers discretion;

Shower/Locker Rooms

Mens and womens shower/locker rooms are located across the hall for the dressing room.  This is a shared space so please be considerate of other productions.

Clean up

There is a slop sink located in the stage hallway next to the shop door, room 125.

Stage Rules

  • Fire lanes must be kept clear at all times.  No exceptions.
  • Tennis shoes or boots only in the stages.
  • All key positions must have taken the DCFMA Stage Systems workshop in order to work in the stage.
  • Alumni may use the stage only if they have taken the SSW.
  • Non-Chapman personnel may not use any of the systems in the stage. (This includes, but is not limited to, the lighting board, DeSisti Hoists, elephant door,roll up door, scissor lift and construction tools).