Tech & Design Offerings

Technical theatre and design classes

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Intro to Technical Theatre (Grades 8-12)

Being on stage may garner applause, but it’s what happens behind the scenes that truly creates magic in theatre. Students will be introduced to the many forms of stage craft (stage management, lighting, sound, costuming, etc.) and learn how they all connect to create one magnificent production. Understand the roles of directors and designers while learning how to speak “tech.” 
 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week 
Instructor: Kim Heymann
Times: Wednesdays 5 PM – 6:30 PM
Dates: September 12 – November 28 (10 weeks)
Tuition: $375
 
Lighting I (Teens and Adults)

Students are introduced to the vast array of lighting instruments available today and the role each type of fixture plays in entertainment lighting.  Atmospheric effects, fixture accessories and expendables (gels and patterns) will also be explored in how they can augment the use of the lighting element. Dimming, control and safety protocols for hang and focus will also be reviewed. Students must bring an eight-inch Adjustable (Crescent) Wrench to class.
 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week 
Instructor: Brenda Shepard
Times: Tuesdays 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Dates: September 11 – November 13 (10 weeks)
Tuition: $375

Sound Design I (Teens and Adults)

The course is a beginner’s introduction to audio, intended for the novice who wishes to learn basic audio terminology, functionality of component, design, set up and operation of a basic sound system. iPad required for this class. 
 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week 
Instructor: Nick Joyce
Times: Tuesdays 4:30 PM – 6 PM
Dates: September 11 – November 13 (10 weeks)
Tuition: $375

Stage Makeup I (Grades 8-12)

Makeup intended for use in the theater is vastly different from makeup that you might wear out and about or even for a special occasion. Students will learn real world makeup techniques that they can use for the rest of their lives. Stage and special effects makeup will be explored. Create professional stage makeup for a variety of characters and roles while gaining knowledge of makeup materials, tools and techniques. Students are responsible for providing personal makeup and tools including a Ben Nye Crème Personal Kit in the appropriate skin tone.
 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week 
Instructor: Kim Heymann
Times: Mondays 5 PM – 6:30 PM
Dates: September 10 – November 19 (10 Weeks)
Tuition: $375

Stage Makeup II (Grades 8-12)
Prerequisite: Stage Makeup I 
 
Students will delve deeper into stage makeup in relation to characters, special effects, and prosthetics. New techniques, tools and products will be used to expand a student’s knowledge and experience in the world of stage makeup. Students are responsible for providing personal makeup and tools. Supplies list will be provided.
 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week
Instructor: Kim Heymann
Times: Mondays 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Dates: September 10 – November 19(10 Weeks)
Tuition: $375

Stage Management (Grades 8-12)

Learn the ins and outs of the stage manager and just how important their role is behind the scenes. Students will learn how to properly record blocking, run rehearsals and tech, assemble a prompt binder, review safety skills and create paperwork and report templates. Tips for proper show “calling” will also be taught. Laptop or tablet required for this class. 

Schedule: One 90 min. class/week 
Instructor: Kim Heymann
Times: Wednesdays 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Dates: September 12 – November 28 (10 Weeks)
Tuition: $375

Fashion for Theatre: An Introduction to Sewing (Ages 7-10, Ages 8-16)

Perfect for designers who want to learn to sew, but have little to no sewing experience. Students will be introduced to machine sewing (including use and safety), hand sewing, how to read and use a pattern, as well as a bit of the history and the importance of sewing as a theatre art. Students will also be exposed to fashion illustration as it relates to costume design and how to use different mediums as they create their own design. Students will develop their skills and bring home a machine-sewn project and a small hand-sewn project based on sketches (black and white, color and framed to go home) inspired by a historical image from the theatre. 
 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week 
Instructor: Darcy Schwartz
Times: Saturdays 10 AM – 11:30 AM (Ages 7-10) OR Saturdays 1 PM – 2:30 PM (Ages 8-16)
Dates: September 8 – November 10 (10 Weeks)
Tuition: $375

Fashion for Theatre: Sewing 101 (Ages 7-10, Ages 8-16)

Intended for designers who want to learn more about sketching and sewing, and have some sewing experience. Using machine and hand sewing, students will create a 3-dimensional “build out” fashion illustration using a variety of fabrics and trims, as it relates to costume design, and instruction on how to use the different mediums in their design. Students will enhance their skills and bring home a machine sewn project and a small hand sewn project based on their built out sketch. 
 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week 
Instructor: Darcy Schwartz
Times: Saturdays 11:30 AM – 1 PM (Ages 7-10) OR
Saturdays 2:30 PM – 4 PM (Ages 8-16)
Dates: September 8 – November 10 (10 Weeks)
Tuition: $375
 
Sewing Fashion Couture (Ages 10-16)

Suited for designers who want to design and sew a theatre inspired couture design on a 22-inch fashion form. This class is designed for students have some sewing experience and want to learn to sew based on a design that they create. The class will provide students with an introduction to the history of couture costume fashion design in the theatre and allow them to create their own inspired design on a 22-inch, professional scale dress form. Loose sketching, the use of fabrics, color, and trims in design, draping, pinning, measuring, machine and hand sewing, and how to read and use a pattern will all be taught as the designers create their designs. Students will be introduced to fashion illustration as it relates to costume design and how to use different mediums as they create their own design. Students will bring their very own costume design to life and will leave the class with their sketches and completed form.
 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week 
Instructor: Darcy Schwartz
Times: Thursdays 4 PM – 5:30 PM
Dates: September 13 – November 15 (10 Weeks)
Tuition: $375

Sewing Fashion Couture: Large Form (Ages 12-16)

Perfect for designers who want to design and sew a theatre inspired couture design on a large/life size fashion form. This class is designed for students with basic sewing knowledge and experience who want to learn to sew based on a design that they create. Students will have an introduction to the history of couture costume fashion design in the theatre and will create their own inspired design on a professional dress form. Loose sketching, the use of fabrics, color, and trims in design, draping, pinning, measuring, machine and hand sewing, and how to read and use a pattern, will all be taught as the designers create their designs. Students will be introduced to fashion illustration as it relates to costume design and how to use different mediums as they create their own design. Students will bring their very own life-size costume design to life and leave the class with their sketches and completed form. 
 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week 
Instructor: Darcy Schwartz
Times: Thursdays 5:30 PM – 7 PM
Dates: September 13 – November 15 (10 Weeks)
Tuition: $375