Technical Theatre

Technical theatre is perhaps the area where the greatest opportunities exist for differentiated learning and specialization for interested students. WCSPA has a fully functioning scene shop, costume shop, and design lab where students work to create the technical aspects of our productions. 

While all students will receive instruction on the basic tools used for costuming, lighting, and scenic construction, students wishing to develop these skills even further will find that there are many advanced opportunities in production design and technical direction. 

Highly motivated students in technical theatre are given opportunities to learn drafting for scenic or costume purposes, sound and lighting design, and advanced construction techniques for costumes, properties, and scenery.

Curriculum Outline

Level 1

  • Fundamentals of Stagecraft
    • Shop Safety
    • Intro to Costume Construction
    • Intro to Scenic Construction
    • Intro to Scene Painting
    • Intro to Makeup
    • Intro to Lighting Instruments

Level 2

  • Intro to Scene Design
  • Intro to Figure Drawing
  • Intro to Sound
  • Theatre Management
  • Scenic Model Making
  • Perspective Drawing

Students in Level 2 who wish to pursue technical theatre opportunities will have some of the following available to them:

  • Stage Management Team member
  • Scenic Painting
  • Individual costume construction projects

Level 3

  • Intro to Costume Design
  • Period Styles
  • Intro to Lighting Design
  • Intermediate Sound Design
  • Textiles and Costume Construction
  • Scenic Drafting
  • Figure Drawing

Students in Level 3 who wish to pursue technical theatre opportunities will have some of the following available to them:

  • Assistant Designer (Costumes, Lighting, Makeup, and Scenic)
  • Assistant Technical Director
  • Assistant Master Electrician
  • Stage Management Team
  • Lead Painter

Level 4

  • Design Collaboration
  • Advance model making
  • Website portfolio creation

Students in Level 4 who wish to pursue technical theatre opportunities will have some of the following available to them:

  • Assistant Designer (Costumes, Lighting, Makeup, and Scenic)
  • Assistant Technical Director
  • Assistant Costume Shop Manager
  • Master Electrician
  • Stage Manager