Technical Design and Production

Contemporary theater design and production technology has 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 technicians and 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.

Students in the department generally concentrate in one of four areas of study: Production Management, Technical Direction, Stage Machinery Design & Automation, and Theatre Planning & Consulting. The core concept behind the curriculum is technical management. 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.

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Current Students Receiving Financial Aid

More than $7,000,000 in financial aid was awarded in 2018-19.

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Production Opportunities

Students apply theory to professional practice in production work at the School, Yale Rep, and Yale Cabaret.

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Affinity Groups

Coalition-building and networking among students who share common interests, goals, and/or a self-identified background.

STAGE MANAGEMENT B John Carlin (‘19), Bianca Hooi (’18), and Caitlin O’Rourke (’18) Part 2 “A varied scope and scale on your production assignments TD&P Kevin Belcher (‘19), Latiana (LT) Gourzong (’19), and Alex Worthington (’19) Part 1 “It’s all about knowing what you don’t know.”

Student Perspectives

“It’s all about knowing what you don’t know.”

STAGE MANAGEMENT B John Carlin (‘19), Bianca Hooi (’18), and Caitlin O’Rourke (’18) Part 2 “A varied scope and scale on your production assignments TD&P Kevin Belcher (‘19), Latiana (LT) Gourzong (’19), and Alex Worthington (’19) Part 1 “It’s all about knowing what you don’t know.”

Student Perspectives

“I was able to learn the skills that I specifically wanted.”

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Department News

Alex McNamara
Jul 20, 2018

Alex McNamara (’20) Preaches ‘Safe Aggression’ for Production Changeovers

The Technical Design and Production students is in her fifth year at the Williamstown Theatre Festival .

Tharon Musser
Jun 19, 2018

Tharon Musser (’50): “The Tough Old Broad Who Lit the Way”

The Tony Award winner is considered one of the greatest—as well as the most prolific—lighting designers ever to work on Broadway.