Theatre: Design and Technical Production

Western Michigan University's design and technical production program accepts up to 18 students each year, allowing for small classes and one-on-one interaction with the faculty. As a student in this program, you will take courses in scenery, costumes, lighting and sound. You will receive a general overview of all aspects of theatre production and take advanced courses in specific areas.

You will learn your craft in a state-of-the-art Design Studio with 24 CADD workstations at custom designed drafting tables. A large scene shop is located on site and is equipped for metal and wood construction. The department also maintains a costume shop with dye facilities, a lighting lab, automated fixtures, and digital audio and projection systems. Our advanced facilities ensure that students are exposed to the most current technology.

Beyond the classroom: 

As a design and technical production student at WMU, you will work on fully produced, faculty-directed productions in three different theatre spaces using state-of-the-art equipment. Technical assistantships and work-study assignments are also available in all production areas and provide additional opportunities for hands-on, practical experience. Master classes with nationally recognized, professional artists are provided to expand the academic experience beyond the classroom even further.

After you graduate: 

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in design and technical production are working as:

  • Designers
  • Technicians
  • Gaffers
  • Stage carpenters
  • Seamstresses
  • Teachers
  • Producers

Alumni can be found at opera houses and in scene and costume shops across the country. Their work can be seen in:

  • Broadway productions
  • Las Vegas shows
  • Major regional theatres
  • Television shows
  • Films
Where is this program offered?: 
  • Kalamazoo