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The BFA in scenic technology program offers comprehensive training to successfully prepare students for meeting today's challenges of mounting theatrical productions. The curriculum emphasizes instruction in technology and craft and is designed to develop aptitudes in fundamental theatrical disciplines including drafting, metalworking, carpentry, stage electrics, and scene painting. Additional classes in management, computer-aided design, automation, stagecraft and structural engineering fully equip the student to deal with any problem encountered in technical direction.

The 25 fully staged theatre, dance and opera productions in five different performance spaces (including proscenium thrust, proscenium, flexible black box) give students an enviable range of practical experience. The School's extensive shop facilities are unrivaled anywhere and include scene, metal, prop, paint, electrics, costume, sound, and wig and makeup shops covering more than 70,000 square feet. Students utilize state-of-the-art tools and theatrical equipment and are progressively given increased responsibility for budgets, scheduling, and theatre and shop personnel management for productions, and by graduation they are ready to compete for the best jobs in the business.

Beginning in the first year, our students are exposed to the full range of all disciplines in theatre production. Through a series of lectures, labs and hands-on production work in our shops and theatres, the students gain practical knowledge and experience with the technical and construction elements of scenery, lighting, costumes, sound, and hair & make-up. We also include instruction in color & design, drawing, and basic drafting techniques. This foundation not only provides our students with a working knowledge of the technical aspects of theatre, but it also develops their ability to communicate and collaborate with designers and technicians.

In their second year, students focus on work specifically in the scene shop, including construction and fabrication techniques, along with their implementation. During the third year, students work in middle management positions in the scene shop and assume greater responsibility for projects, including serving as an assistant draftsperson or lead carpenter, working directly under a Technical Director. The fourth year experience culminates in the assuming of a leadership role in the shop, overseeing completely a fully-realized production project.



Dennis Gill Booth - Technical Direction Faculty

John H. MIller - Director of the Stage Automation program; Technical Direction and Stage Automation Faculty

Zachary Stevenson - Director of Technical Direction Program; Technical Direction Faculty

Bill Volz - Technical Direction Faculty