Design and Technology for Theatre and Dance

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photo by Tom Amico

Our goal is to help students communicate effectively through design, and create compelling theatrical experiences.

“When I walked in the door, I saw something I hadn't seen at any other colleges, and that is theatre done the way that theatre is meant to be done. It was big and beautiful and aesthetically pleasing and technically done right. It was everything I ever wanted to see in theatre.”

—Nelson Ruger '93

The Design and Technology Program gives intensive, real-world opportunities to students with an interest in working behind the scenes in the performing arts. Production Design and Stage Management students work closely with talented, experienced faculty, production staff, and guest artists, in the classroom and on the stage. In fact, the direct, personal mentorship of students by the faculty and staff is an important aspect of the program.

Production and Design majors choose one or both of these concentrations:

Although many Design and Tech students choose to focus just on working behind the scenes, others elect to study acting, dance performance, or directing, or to pursue another major in addition to theatre. While Production Design students often focus on one particular area of design — lighting, scenery, costumes, or sound — they receive training in all of these.

Courses are taught in modern, well-equipped facilities, using state-of-the-art equipment. Productions are staged in our extensive performance facilities, including two large theatres and two studio theatres, all fully and professionally equipped.

While the Design and Technology concentrations are part of the Theatre Program, students work on both theatre and dance productions, and study the design techniques and production management strategies of both. Design and Tech students have gone on to success in both fields, as well as cinema, television, corporate and trade show design, and other fields.


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Theatre professor Tim Averill teaches a class in theatre design. Photo by Tom Amico.