Technical Theater Requirements

Production Participation

Theater and dance productions enable students to put together the various skills acquired in concentration courses, in both studio-classes and seminars, under the guidance of theater and dance professionals. Students also learn to collaborate with fellow participants in launching a production, a crucial skill for any work in dance and theater (as well as outside the performance arena!). While some productions will aim to present polished work, others will be informal presentations that exhibit the results of a pedagogical process.

Concentrator roles* in these productions fall into the following categories:

  • Writer
  • Composer
  • Director
  • Choreographer
  • Actor
  • Dancer
  • Designer
    • Sets
    • Costumes
    • Sound
    • Lights
    • Video/projections/media
  • Stage Manager
  • Dramaturg
  • Technician
    • Tech Director
    • Costume Supervisor
    • Master Electrician
    • Sound Engineer
    • Master Electrician
    • Projection Engineer
  • Producer/PR

* If a concentration production is staffed by professional artists, serving as Assistant in any of these roles may satisfy the requirement with the approval of the DUS.

The DUS ensures that this requirement is fulfilled appropriately. This requirement will be graded SAT/UNSAT.


Tech and Production Training Modules

Concentrators are required to attend eight two-hour tech and production training modules as soon as possible after enrollment in the concentration. These modules equip students with basic knowledge of theater production and ensure their safety and that of others while working in and on productions. The Training Module Schedule is available to view here.  These modules are:

  • Stage management
  • Scenery
  • Lights
  • Costumes
  • Sound and video
  • Theater safety
  • Producing
  • Professional administration structures and unions

Certain modules may be satisfied by enrollment in an approved technical theater course. This requirement will be tracked by the Department Administrator and concentration advisors and will be graded SAT/UNSAT.


Crew Assignments

Concentrators are required to work as crew members on at least one concentration production under the guidance of professionals or trained practitioners in the following areas:

  • Lights
  • Set
  • Costumes
  • Sound
  • Video/media
  • Run crew

This requirement will be tracked by the DUS and concentration advisors and will be graded SAT/UNSAT.
Productions that satisfy any of the above requirements will be determined by concentration advisors and the DUS.



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