Tech & Design Offerings

Technical theatre and design classes


Intro to Technical Theatre (Grades 8-12)

Being on stage may garner applause, but it’s what happens behind the scenes that truly creates magic in theatre. Students will be introduced to the many forms of stage craft (stage management, lighting, sound, costuming, etc.) and learn how they all connect to create one magnificent production. Understand the roles of directors and designers while learning how to talk “tech.” 
 
Schedule: One 60 min. class/week 
Instructor: Kim Heymann
Times: Wednesdays 5 PM – 6 PM
Dates: January 16 – May 8 (15 weeks)
Tuition: $375
Intro to Lighting (Teens and Adults)

Students are introduced to the vast array of lighting instruments available today and the role each type of fixture plays in entertainment lighting.Atmospheric effects, fixture accessories and expendables (gels and patterns) will also be explored in how they can augment the use of the lighting element.Dimming, control and safety protocols for hang and focus will also be reviewed. Eight inch adjustable (Crescent) wrench required.
 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week 
Instructor: Brenda Shepard
Times: Mondays 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Dates: January 14 – March 25 (10 weeks)
Tuition: $375
 
 
Lighting Practicum (Teens and Adults)
Prerequisite: Intro to Lighting or instructor’s permission 
 
Students will be provided with the opportunity to work on an upcoming conservatory production and learn the design, set up and operation for a play. iPad required for this class. An 8” adjustable (Crescent) wrench is required for this class. Students must be available for an evening dress rehearsal on March 12 and a 10AM performance on March 13.
 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week 
Instructor: Brenda Shepard
Times: Tuesdays 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Dates: January 15 – March 26 (10 weeks)
Tuition: $400
 
 
Intro to Audio (Teens and Adults)

This course is an introduction to audio, intended for the novice who wishes to learn basic audio terminology, functionality of component, design, set up and operation of a basic sound system. iPad required for this class. 
 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week 
Instructor: Nick Joyce
Times: Mondays 4:30 PM – 6 PM
Dates: January 14 – March 25 (10 weeks)
Tuition: $375
 

Audio Practicum (Teens and Adults)
Prerequisite: Intro to Audio or instructor’s permission

Students will be provided with the opportunity to work on an upcoming conservatory production and learn the design, set up and operation for a play. iPad required for this class. Students must be available for a 9:30AM performance on April 1. 
 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week 
Instructor: Nick Joyce
Times: Tuesdays 4:30 PM – 6 PM
Dates: January 15 – March 26 (10 weeks)
Tuition: $400
 

Intro to Stage Management (Grades 8-12)

Learn the ins and outs of being a stage manager and just how important their role is behind the scenes. Students will learn how to properly record blocking, run rehearsals and tech, assemble a prompt binder, review safety skills and create paperwork and report templates. Tips for proper show “calling” will also be taught. Laptop or tablet required for this class. 
 
Schedule: One 60 min. class/week 
Instructor: Kim Heymann
Times: Wednesdays 7 PM – 8 PM
Dates: January 16 – May 8 (15 Weeks)
Tuition: $375
Stage Management Practicum (Grades 8-12)
Prerequisite: Stage Management or instructor’s permission

Students will be provided with the opportunity to work on an upcoming conservatory productions and record blocking, create paperwork and reports, attend rehearsals and interact with artistic directors. Laptop or tablet required for this class. Students must be available for an evening dress rehearsal on March 12 and a 10 AM performance on March 13 as well as a daytime dress rehearsal May 18 and a 1 PM performance on May 19.
 
Schedule: One 60 min. class/week 
Instructor: Kim Heymann
Times: Wednesdays 6 PM – 7 PM
Dates: January 16 – May 8 (15 Weeks)
Tuition: $400
 
 
Stage Makeup I (Grades 8-12)

Makeup intended for use in the theater is vastly different from makeup that you might wear out and about or even for a special occasion. Students will learn real world makeup techniques that they can use for the rest of their lives. Stage and special effects makeup will be explored. Create professional stage makeup for a variety of characters and roles while gaining knowledge of makeup materials, tools and techniques. Students are responsible for providing personal makeup and tools including a Ben Nye Theatrical Crème Personal Kit in the appropriate skin tone.
 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week 
Instructor: Kim Heymann
Times: Mondays 5:30 PM – 7 PM
Dates: January 14 – March 25 (10 Weeks)
Tuition: $375
 

Stage Makeup II (Grades 8-12)
Prerequisite: Stage Makeup I 
 
Students will delve deeper into stage makeup in relation to characters, special effects and prosthetics. New techniques, tools and products will be used to expand a student’s knowledge and experience in the world of stage makeup. Students are responsible for providing personal makeup and tools. Supplies list will be provided.
 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week
Instructor: Kim Heymann
Times: Mondays 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Dates: January 14 – March 25 (10 Weeks)
Tuition: $375
 

Fashion for Theatre: Sewing 101 (Ages 8-18)

Intended for designers who want to learn more about sketching and sewing, and have some sewing experience. Using machine and hand sewing, students will create a 3-dimensional “build out” fashion illustration using a variety of fabrics and trims, as it relates to costume design, and instruction on how to use the different mediums in their design. Students will enhance their skills and bring home a machine sewn project and a small hand sewn project based on their built out sketch. 
 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week 
Instructor: Darcy Schwartz
Times: Saturdays 12:30 PM – 2 PM
Dates: January 19 – March 30 (10 Weeks)
Tuition: $375
 
 
Sewing Fashion Couture: Large Form (Ages 10-18)

Perfect for designers with basic sewing knowledge who want to design and sew a theatre inspired couture design on a large/life size fashion form. Students will be introduced to the history of couture costume fashion design in the theatre and create their own inspired design on a professional dress form. Loose sketching, use of fabrics, color and trims in design, draping, pinning, measuring, machine and hand sewing, and how to read and use a pattern will be taught. Students will be introduced to fashion illustration as it relates to costume design, and how to use different mediums. Students will bring their life-size costume design to life and leave the class with their sketches and completed form. 
 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week 
Instructor: Darcy Schwartz
Times: Thursdays 5:30 PM – 7 PM
Dates: January 17 – March 28 (10 Weeks)
Tuition: $375