Production & Design students will study design and management as we explore stagecraft skills. Our workshop will examine how each area contributes to storytelling in the theatre and how production decisions are made. Our focus is on the collaborative process at the heart of theatre-making. Taking advantage of our network, students will digitally experience Broadway and Off-Broadway production, virtually visit theatres, museums, shops, and shops. With those experiences in mind, we will discuss different styles of production and divergent storytelling techniques. Guest speakers will include designers, technicians and managers from the New York performing arts community.
Skill building classes will introduce scenery and costume crafts, lighting and sound technology, drafting, drawing, and painting. We will leverage digital tools to investigate environment, scale and proportion. Management classes will introduce the principles and practices of stage and production management. The workshop will conclude with the creation and presentation of an original theatre piece combining skills gained in all areas of management, design and technical theatre. Finally, we will work with the students to develop their resumes and portfolios to best showcase their talents.
A syllabus is available upon request.
This class will explore the fundamental concerns & practices of designing & producing scenery for live events. Following an introduction to the overall process, students will engage in a spatial development and modeling exercises and rough design for their final group project.
This course will provide a general overview of the costume design process and also touch on some elements of basic costume construction. This course will provide you with the tools necessary to read and analyze a text in terms of clothing, research both period and character style,and ultimately provide a visual representation of your design for each costume in the text. We will touch base on how costumes come into being. We will explore basic patterning techniques as well as methods for modifying and altering existing clothing to help them serve your design.
This course is an introductory overview of lighting designer that aims to cover selected practical elements and best practices, and the design and collaborative process.
- Functions and qualities of stage lighting and its relationship with other disciplines
- Lighting instruments and accessories
- Hang, circuit, and focus instruments properly and safely.
- Introduction to basic programming.
- Design and Collaborative Process
This course will provide an overview of the techniques and concepts regarding theatrical sound design and live audio engineering through the following topics:
- How sound is used to build a narrative and its applications in performance.
- Manipulation of digital audio
- The basics of signal flow.
- Sound reinforcement tools and techniques.
- Script analysis and cue generation.
Stage Management presents the theatrical production process from the point-of-view of a stage manager by breaking down the production process into nine distinct phases. The importance of safety, techniques in communication and collaboration, and stage management theory are integrated into each step of the 9-part process. Through class discussions, various readings, in-class exercises, and collaborative projects, students gain a general knowledge of stage management skills and may begin thinking about their individual management style.
At the end of this class you will understand various management and organizational plans for producing theater. You will create a production schedule and budget. We will discuss and plan short-term and long-term, goal driven processes.
Script Analysis, Collaboration & Creation:
In Script Analysis, we’ll cover basic tools and techniques to analyze a text and unearth information and clues to inform the creation of a world onstage. We’ll use examples from dramatic texts, as well as the source text for the culminating project for the program. In Collaboration & Creation, we’ll explore the stages of the collaborative process, the director-designer-manager relationship, and the evolution of an original idea into a fully realized production concept. We’ll use the source text for the culminating project of the program as the foundation for our exploratory exercises and collaborative discussions.
We will participate in drafting exercises to understand how architectural and theatrical elements are communicated to fellow collaborators on a production. We will understand the language of lines, the typical two-dimensional views used to communicate three-dimensional space; how scale is used; creation and interpretation of plans, sections and elevations. We will introduce computer rendering programs – Photoshop and Illustrator. We’ll do a final conversation/demo of computer-aided drafting.
Drawing and Graphics:
Students will participate in drawing and graphics exercises that help strengthen visual communication. Throughout the class we will touch upon an assortment of drawing techniques; blind contour drawing, still life drawing, gestures and figure drawing. Introductions to Color theory, mixing and watercolor techniques will be explored.