Design & Technology

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)

Our students, whether BA, BFA or MFA, work on several shows every year, giving them hundreds of hours of learning time on which you can’t put a price.  To ensure that our students can compete in the marketplace, Design/Technology provides a modern training ground that launches students toward successful theatre careers and actively works with the students in developing portfolios, resumes and job interview skills.  Upon graduation, students are well qualified to continue training in an advanced degree program or move directly into the industry.
Recent alumni have gone on to attend graduate training programs at: Carnegie-Mellon University, NYU, Northwestern University, LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art), Ohio University and more. Various graduates working in the profession hold positions with: Cirque du Soleil, Los Angeles Opera, ETC, Steppenwolf Theatre and free-lance design and technical positions in New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Las Vegas and abroad. Their extensive design credits include Broadway, Off Broadway, dance, film, television, concert, sports and industrials.
Along with a handful of top theater programs, we are partners with Bigfork Summer Playhouse, Fort Peck Summer Playhouse, Shakespeare in the Park, Virginia City Players, Brewery Follies, Philipsburg Opera House, Coeur D’Alene Summer Theatre, the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) and of course the Montana Repertory Theatre. If you would like to check out some of the theatres, companies and schools that have hired our students look below:
  • Bellagio, Las Vegas
  • Berkeley Rep
  • Arizona Broadway Theatre
  • Arizona Cardinals (stadium lighting)
  • Phoenix Coyotes Hockey (stadium lighting)
  • MGM Las Vegas EFX
  • MGM Mirage
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • Santa Fe Opera
  • Walt Disney Imagineering
  • David Copperfield
  • Electric Theatre Controls (ETC)
  • Guthrie Theatre
  • Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
  • Seattle Repertory Theatre
  • Barter Theatre
  • Colorado Shakespeare Theatre
  • Los Angeles Opera
  • Steppenwolf Theatre
  • Defunkt Theatre (Portland)
  • Metropolitan Opera
  • The Shakespeare Theatre (Washington DC)
  • NBC “Friends”
  • Siena College
  • CBS “Northern Exposure”
  • CBS “The Young and the Restless”
  • Texas Shakespeare Festival
  • Emporia State University
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Toledo University
  • Miami University

And our partners:

Welcome to Design & Technology at the School of Theatre & Dance!

Alessia Carpoca
Head of Design & Technology

The PQ 2011 video (Prague Quadrennial video)