Technical Theatre (Certificate)

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Technical Theatre Overview

The Technical Theatre Certificate is designed to prepare students for a wide range of careers in educational, community, and resident theatre venues, as well as the film industry. The program introduces students to the fundamentals of technical theatre and immerses them in applied hands-on learning. Through the foundation courses, students build an understanding of theatre history, design, technical theatre, and practical uses of current industry standards. The certificate provides students with an overview in the technical theatre field so that they may enter the work force in the areas of stage management, audio, costuming, hair and makeup, lighting, properties, set construction, and scenic artistry. This certificate can also serve as the first step towards an Associates and Baccalaureate degrees.

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  • Job Titles and Hourly Wages

    Hourly Wages Range: $15.50 – $78.00/hr

    • Audio and Video Equipment Technicians
    • Construction Carpenters
    • Costume Attendants
    • Craft Artists
    • Scenic Painter/Charge Artist
    • Set and Exhibit Designers
    • Sound Engineering Technicians
    • Theatrical and Performance Makeup Artists
  • Transfer Schools
    • Westfield State University
    • UMASS Amherst
    • Northern Vermont University
    • Castleton University
    • MCLA (Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • Expected Outcomes

    Graduates of this program should be able to:

    • Demonstrate knowledge and use of technical theatre terminology.
    • Recognize theatre roles and responsibilities in the community.
    • Apply the use of safety procedures for the shop, rigging, and handling of scenic and lighting elements and equipment.
    • Show or practice- foundational skills required in technical theatre specializations such as audio and sound, costuming, hair and makeup, lighting, properties, set construction, and/or painting.
    • Accurately interpret stage directions, ground plans, renderings, and paperwork to execute projects to specifications.