The Technical Theatre Tech Prep Career Education program should be considered if a student:
wants to use their hands
is into technology like audio, video, computers and automation
desires to broaden their learning experiences
“Theatre” is in the name, but we do so much more! First, this is NOT a performance program. We concentrate on skills and technologies found backstage and behind the scenes. What we learn is beneficial to:
Creativity based careers such as design and architecture
Engineering; electrical, mechanical, and automation
Project based careers involving management and leadership
Our program introduces students to many areas. You will receive instruction on general topics and can choose to concentrate on one that really interests you.
Design and Computer Drafting
Lighting and Electrical Components
Audio and Video production and engineering
Scenic Construction and Carpentry
Costume/Wardrobe/Clothing Design and Construction
Painting and Prop Construction/Creative Uses of Materials
Many important life skills are taught in a hands-on, project based, exciting environment. Even if a program graduate do not choose to pursue a theatre based career, the skills they learn in the program prepares them well for post high school experiences.
Time Management: Our deadlines are hard and fast; we just can’t add a few more days.
Project Management: Class projects range from individual elements to large, complicated productions, all managed by students.
People Skills: Students must interact with other students and outside groups when working on class projects. Oral and written communication is a large part of what we do.
Problem Solving: We teach students the skills and apply them to real world examples and experiences. We do not give them all the steps to a solution. They are forced to be creative and think for themselves.
Leadership: Students will be in charge of others for projects. They will be responsible for events where decisions will have to be made in high pressure situations
There is no real "typical" student in Technical Theatre. Students’ interests range from creative/art types, computer/technology types, and hands-on/build/create types. The typical student will want to work with their hands, be comfortable in a non-traditional classroom, and like to learn by doing.
Most everything we learn in the class is taught through projects. Sometimes projects are done in a computer lab setting with research and design. Some projects are completed in our Scene Shop using power tools, hand tools, and a variety of materials. While other projects that are lighting. Sound and video based are done onstage and in the Performing Arts Center, where we have access to some of the most up-to-date equipment at any high school. Students learn the basics and can progress as far as they want using advanced lighting consoles, moving/intelligent lighting, and digital sound consoles. The options for learning are only bound by how much the student’s want to learn.
Students will be taught a little of everything. They can choose to specialize in a specific area on one of the many large class projects we take on. Topics include: Theatre Terms, Tools and Materials, Safety in the Theatre, Stagecraft (building/interpreting drawings), Stage Lighting, Scenic and Lighting Design, Sewing/Costume Construction, Stage Make-up/Special Effects Make-up, Color Theory/Scenic Painting, Creating Video Content, Scale Drawing/Drafting, Electricity for the Stage, Running a Business/Business Types, Interviewing/Job Skills.
The career has a very wide range of options and the outlook will depend on what avenue is taken. The career field is very much dependent on connections and reputation. For those who work hard and network, the options are unlimited. Few “desk” jobs exist, but many jobs offer extensive travel, variety of work, and an abundance of job satisfaction doing what many view as impossible.
Absolutely! About half of the students do not have experience with theatre. Many students are looking for a program that allows them to express their creativity, learn without being lectured to and using textbooks, and being a part of a group that they feel comfortable in. Most of the graduates of the program do not go on to major in Theatre in college. The secret to this and many of the career education programs is they teach life skills necessary for ANY career/job/profession. In Technical Theatre, we teach: improving and recognizing the value of a good work ethic, project management, time management, goal setting, getting and keeping a job, making proper personal choices, importance of commitments, and being a good citizen. Who wouldn’t benefit from that list of skills?