2019 KM Fabrics, Inc. Technical Production Award winner LT Gourzong (’19) discusses mentors and and future career plans.
Technical Design and Production
Contemporary theater design and production technology have become more complex, and practitioners must be trained to understand and apply new technologies (both safely and efficiently) to the achievement of artistic goals. To meet the need for ever more knowledgeable and collaborative technical managers, the department selects highly motivated students who can best benefit from the resources of the School of Drama and Yale Rep. The program offers a large, professionally renowned faculty, an extensive list of industry-leading course offerings, and the opportunity to work alongside an accomplished professional staff.
Extensive classroom training is complemented by a variety of roles on productions, which serve to reinforce concepts from coursework, expose students to new disciplines, and give each individual practical experience. Students in the department generally concentrate in one of four areas of study: Production Management, Technical Direction, Stage Machinery Design and Automation, and Theater Planning and Consulting. With any of these tracks, or one individually crafted, comes the production planning tools and technical expertise to work on complex projects and with large teams immediately after graduation.