The Design/Technology Division provides a theatrical production environment that is positive, supportive, and rigorous in its expectations of students, faculty, and staff. Students must continue to grow as craftsmen and develop as artists in the areas of costume, scenery, lighting, and sound design/technology in theatre, dance, television, and concert productions. The Division invites designers and technicians from outside UM to participate in our productions and to interact with students, faculty, and staff. This interaction is essential in order for the faculty and staff to remain current within their fields. Students are encouraged to design productions and participate in theatrical forums apart from the University.
All Design/Technology students are encouraged to explore productions and design processes not normally considered to be within their areas of expertise. They are required to work in all areas of technical theatre including theatre, dance, television, and music production. Students are evaluated on the quality and educational value of each project. Each student must demonstrate, through process and product, a significant level of understanding of all theory and an ability to utilize it effectively, appropriately, and aesthetically in the creation of design and technical projects. Students must explore the outer limits of each design and technical opportunity and approach each production experience with professional vigor.
To ensure that our students can compete in the marketplace, Design/Technology provides a modern training ground that launches students toward successful theatre careers. Each student is given the opportunity to explore design and technical ideas as he/she develops an individual aesthetic and work ethic. Students must explore, question, and develop as design/technical artists. All Design/Technology students must commit to the precept that as a theatre artist or craftsman, one must rigorously attack each production experience with intensive research, collaborative processes, and creative thinking.
Welcome to Design/Technology at the School of Theatre & Dance!
Head of Design/Technology