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Theatre Arts

Design & Technical Production

Costume rendering by Design & Technical Production student Sarah Dixey (Triumph of Love).Costume rendering by Design & Technical Production student Sarah Dixey (Triumph of Love).The Design & Technical Production concentration offers students an opportunity to study with New York theatre professionals, design main stage productions, establish professional contacts, and obtain internships with some of New York’s major theatre designers and theatres.  

Students study one or more of the arts of theatre design — sets, lights, costumes or sound — as well as learn technical theatre skills. They work on premieres of new works, contemporary and period plays, as well as musicals and dance concerts in both the Theresa Lang and in our Black Box Theatres.

Our faculty is comprised of professional designers with careers designing on and off Broadway, in regional theatre, and film and television.  Some of the guest speakers that have come into our design classrooms are Tony WaltonWilliam Ivey Long, and Steven Louis Shelley

Ray Recht, Professor of Theatre Arts and Scenic Designer, painting the O PIONEERS! set (November, 2014).Ray Recht, Professor of Theatre Arts and Scenic Designer, painting the O PIONEERS! set (November, 2014).


Since MMC is an undergraduate college, design students do not compete with graduate students for design opportunities. Every semester, qualified students design main stage productions and Directing Projects.  

Time and the Conways (Student Scenic Design by Sophia Palacios Blanca; Student Costume Design by Elise M. VanderKley; Student Sound Design by Meghan Rose Murphy)Time and the Conways (Student Scenic Design by Sophia Palacios Blanca; Student Costume Design by Elise M. VanderKley; Student Sound Design by Meghan Rose Murphy)

“The hands-on nature of the classes…left me ready to jump into the technical theatre world with real, applicable skills and knowledge.”    

—Seán Linehan ’04 (Lighting Designer, Master Electrician, The Lighting Syndicate & The T.E.A.M.) 


Requirements for a Design & Technical Production Concentration

For Sound Design:
THTR 240 Design Assistant Practicum
THTR 254 Audio Technology for Performance I
MUS 216 Digital Sound Design
MUS 354 Digital Sound Workshop
THTR 354 Audio Technology for Performance II
THTR 499 Internship
For Scenic Design:
THTR 238 Stage Management
THTR 240 Design Assistant Practicum
THTR 302a-b Scenic Design I
THTR 402a-b Scenic Design II
For Lighting Design:
THTR 238 Stage Management
THTR 240 Design Assistant Practicum
THTR 304a-b Lighting Design I
THTR 404a-b Lighting Design II
For Costume Design:
THTR 238 Stage Management
THTR 240 Design Assistant Practicum
THTR 303a-b Costume Design I
THTR 403a-b Costume Design II

 (In addition to the Theatre Arts Core - 24-Credits)

 

Suggested Elective Courses

For Sound Design:
THTR 200 Technical Production
COMM 233 Video Workshop
THTR 237 Drafting & Model Making
THTR 252 Lighting Mechanics
THTR 253 Scenery & Prop Technology
THTR 293 Special Topics: Advanced Technical Projects
COMM 335 Music as Media
THTR 340 Intermediate Design Assistant Practicum
COMM 349 Projects in Digital Sound
COMM 350 Film & History
THTR 440 Advanced Design Practicum
For Scenic Design:
THTR 200 Technical Production
THTR 207 Lighting Design & Art Direction for Film & Video
ART 210 Digital Imaging
COMM 233 Video Workshop
THTR 235 Scenic Painting & Treatments
THTR 252 Lighting Mechanics
THTR 266 Costume Construction
THTR 293 Special Topics: Perspective Drawing & Rendering
THTR 293 Special Topics: Advanced Technical Projects
ART 303 Watercolor Painting
THTR 340 Intermediate Design Assistant Practicum
THTR 398 Puppetry
THTR 440 Advanced Design Practicum
For Lighting Design:
THTR 200 Technical Production
THTR 207 Lighting Design & Art Direction for Film & Video
ART 210 Digital Imaging
COMM 233 Video Workshop
THTR 253 Scenery & Prop Technology
THTR 266 Costume Construction
THTR 293 Special Topics: Perspective Drawing & Rendering
THTR 293 Special Topics: Advanced Technical Projects 
THTR 340 Intermediate Design Assistant Practicum
THTR 440 Advanced Design Practicum
For Costume Design:
THTR 200 Technical Production
BUS 255 The Business of Fashion
DANC 230 Costume for Dance
THTR 233 Theatrical Makeup
THTR 235 Scenic Painting & Treatments
THTR 253 Scenery & Prop Technology
THTR 293 Special Topics: Advanced Costume Construction
THTR 293 Special Topics: Advanced Technical Projects
ART 301 Figure Drawing
ART 303 Watercolor Painting
COMM 333 Fashion, Media & Culture
THTR 340 Intermediate Design Assistant Practicum
AIP 342 Fashion, History & Society
THTR 440 Advanced Design Practicum