great design tells a story
Our goal is to help students communicate effectively through design, and create compelling theatrical experiences.
The Production Design concentration gives students opportunities to work closely with talented, experienced design faculty, production staff, and guest artists, all active professionals in their field. Coursework, in both the classroom and the studio, is complemented by an extensive and acclaimed Mainstage production season, with ample opportunities to put theory into practice.
The concentration is officially part of the Theatre Program, but students work on both theatre and dance productions, and study techniques of both. Courses are taught in modern, well-equipped facilities, using state-of-the-art scenic and lighting equipment.
Coursework for students in the Production Design concentration:
- Foundation courses for theatre majors listed here, including stagecraft, history, dramatic literature, and theory courses
- A studio course in acting.
- Basic, intermediate, and advanced training in costume design, scenic design, and stage lighting.
In addition, Design concentrators often serve as assistant designers for Mainstage productions, and every Mainstage season includes lead designer opportunities for students in every field of design. Students also design all aspects of the Studio Productions, Third-Tier shows, and Informal Concerts — 15 to 20 productions each year.
- The Dance Program
- The Theatre Program
- Design & Technology for Theatre & Dance
- Musical Theatre Training
- Dual Majors & Multidisciplinary Studies
- Study Abroad
- Performance & Design Opportunities
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A Flea in Her Ear, 2009. Scenic design by Curtis Dretsch. Photo by Kenny Ek, Kenek Photography.