The Design/Technology program is a hands-on professional education program. In addition to the rich schedule of productions within our program, our students apply what is learned in the classroom on productions for other companies and venues around Missoula. Our students are hired every year to work for ASUM concerts, the Missoula Children’s and Community theatre, the Garden City Ballet production of the Nutcracker, the Smuin Ballet Tour and several other companies which rent our theatre spaces. Each year our partnership with the Montana State Thespian Association brings 4-500 high school theatre students to our campus for the annual competition and for workshops taught by our students. Our faculty is active with the Montana Educators Association-Montana Federation of Teachers (MEA-MFT), presenting workshops and sessions to high school instructors across the state and recently, we presented workshops to the Inland Northwest Theatre Festival in Spokane, WA.
In addition, our program maintains strong contacts with our professional organization USITT (United States Institute for Theatre Technology) through active participation from our faculty, staff and students. Many faculty members serve in leadership positions with the Institute and it was through USITT that we were chosen to build the USITT-USA exhibit for the 2011 Prague Quadrennial. A project which meant that two faculty, one staff and nine students from the University of Montana School of Theatre & Dance were instrumental in the construction, shipping and management of the United States entry to the Czech Republic in June of 2011. Those faculty and students were privileged to spend almost a month in Prague in the summer of 2011. (If you would like to know more about the Prague Quadrennial please watch our video below)