Tech & Design Offerings

Technical Theatre and Design Classes

New Semesters Begin in September and January

Intro to Technical Theatre (Teens & Adults)
Being on stage may garner applause, but it’s what happens behind the scenes that truly creates magic in theatre.  Students are 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 90 min. class/week
Instructor: Kim Pheymannicie
Times: Wednesdays 5:30 PM - 7 PM
Dates: Jan 15 – March 25 (10 weeks)
Tuition: $375

Intro to Audio (Teens & Adults)
This course is an introduction to audio, intended for the novice who wishes to learn basic audio terminology, functionality of components, design, setup and operation of a basic sound system.  An iPad is required for this class.
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week
Instructor: Nick Joyce
Times: Mondays 5:30 PM – 7 PM
Dates: Jan 13 – March 23 (10 weeks)
Tuition: $375

Audio Practicum (Grades 8-12)
Prerequisite: Intro to Audio or permission from instructor.
Students are provided with the opportunity to work on an upcoming conservatory production and learn the design, set up and operations for a play.  An iPad is required for this class.  Students will need to miss one day of school for a weekday performance.  Performance dates TBD. 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week 
Instructor: Nick Joyce
Times: Mondays 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Dates: Jan 13 – March 23 (10 weeks)
Tuition: $400
 
Lighting I (Grades 8-12)
Students are introduced to the vast array of lighting instruments available today and the role each fixture plays in entertainment lighting.  Other explorations include atmospheric effects, fixture accessories and expendables (gels and patterns) and how they can augment the use of the lighting element.  Dimming, control and safety protocols for hang and focus are also reviewed.  An 8” adjustable crescent wrench is required for this class.
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week
Instructor: Brenda Shepard
Times: Tuesdays 5:30 PM – 7 PM
Dates: March 10 – May 19 (10 weeks)
Tuition: $375
 
Lighting Practicum (Grades 8-12)
Prerequisite: Intro to Lighting or permission from instructor.
Students are provided with the opportunity to work on an upcoming conservatory production and participate in the design process, set up and operation for a performance.  An i8” adjustable crescent wrench are required for this class.  Students may need to miss one day of school for a weekday performance.  Performance dates TBD.
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week 
Instructor: Brenda Shepard
Times: Tuesdays 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Dates: March 17 – May 19 (10 weeks)
Tuition: $400
 
Scenic Design I (Teens & Adults)
Students learn how to design practical and thought-provoking sets on different types of stages.  Material covered includes design elements, principles and the design process.  Students leave class with technical drawings of their set, a scale model and an understanding of how designers collaborate to create a cohesive piece of theatre.
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week
Instructor: Kim Pheymannicie
Times: Wednesdays 4 PM - 5:30 PM
Dates: Jan 15 – March 25 (10 weeks)
Tuition: $375
 
Intro to Stage Management (Teens & Adults)
Learn the ins and outs of being a stage manager and just how important their role is behind the scenes.  Students 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” are also taught.  Laptop or tablet is required for this class.
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week
Instructor: Kim Pheymannicie
Times: Wednesdays 7 PM - 8:30 PM
Dates: Jan 15 – March 25 (10 weeks)
Tuition: $375
 
Stage Management Practicum (Grades 8-12)
Prerequisite: Stage Management or permission from instructor.
Students are given the opportunity to work on two upcoming conservatory productions and record blocking, create paperwork and reports, attend rehearsals and interact with artistic directors.  A laptop or tablet is required for this class.  Students will need to miss one day of school for a weekday performance.  Performance dates TBD.
Schedule: One 60 min. class/week 
Instructor: Kim Heymann
Times: Mondays 7 PM – 8 PM
Dates: January 13 – May 4 (15 Weeks)
Tuition: $400
 
Fashion & Costume Design (Ages 8-18)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Presented in partnership with ArtReach, this class is 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 are introduced to the story of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and create a design inspired by the performance 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 are taught.  Students present their life-size designs in the theatre lobby during performances of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and leave the class with their sketches and completed form.  
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week
Instructor: Darcy Schwartz/Michelle Sarkisian
Times: Saturdays 12:30 PM - 2 PM
Dates: Jan 18 – March 28 (10 weeks)
Tuition: $375
 
Stage Makeup I (Grades 8-12)
Makeup intended for use in the theatre is vastly different from makeup that you might wear out and about or even for a special occasion.  Students learn real world makeup techniques that they can use for the rest of their lives.  Stage and special effects makeup are 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 Pheymannicie
Times: Mondays 4 PM – 5:30 PM
Dates: Jan 13 – March 23 (10 weeks)
Tuition: $375
 
Stage Makeup II (Grades 8-12)
Prerequisite: Stage Makeup I.
Students delve deeper into stage makeup in relation to characters, special effects and prosthetics.  New techniques, tools and products are used to expand a student’s knowledge and experience in the world of stage makeup.  Students are responsible for providing personal makeup and tools.  A supply list is provided.  This class can be repeated.
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week
Instructor: Kim Pheymannicie
Times: Mondays 5:30 PM – 7 PM
Dates: Jan 13 – March 23 (10 weeks)
Tuition: $375