Learning Recommendations:  None

General Description: The magic of theatre begins with the tech crew! In this course students will enjoy exploring what goes on backstage. Through hands-on activities and projects students will gain experience in rigging, property design, construction, organization, basic flat construction, elements of lighting and light board operation, scenic painting techniques, stage management, and the overall care of the theatre. Students may also acquire practical hours through designing lights for concerts, acting as the light board operator, helping to build sets for productions, acting as stage manager for school productions, etc. Careers will be explored through interaction with professional theatre companies, guest artists, field trips, and fieldwork. The course is designed to prepare students for actual work in performance related fields.


  • Shop and Theatre Safety
  • Design elements and processes
  • Scenic and costume construction
  • Technical Theatre careers

Strategies:  Students learn through a combination of:

  • Tech Crew Participation
  • Hands-on and Research Projects
  • Direct Instruction

Homework:  Occasional observational, reading and research projects. Students will be given ample time to complete work during class, but might need additional time outside of the school day.

Course Fee / Materials:  Yes, see Course/Club/Misc. Fee link.  Appropriate clothing for class work involving painting, sawdust, etc.

Fine Arts Credit Note: This course does not meet four-year college admissions requirement for Fine/Visual/Performing Arts