Theatre Design and Technology

Theatre design and technology students gain experience building props and scenery, designing lighting, sound and makeup, creating costumes and painting sets for actual productions. If this is the type of work you're interested in, keep reading to explore academic and career options.

Inside Theatre Design and Technology

Theatre design and technology professionals work behind the scenes before, during and after a production. These individuals work in technical roles, and they include lighting technicians, sound technicians, costume designers, set designers and make-up artists.

Lighting and sound technicians are in control of the lights and sound for productions. They are often involved with the design process as well as the execution of these important theatrical elements. Costume designers are fashion designers for theatre. They research the period in which a production is set and create costumes appropriate to the period. Costume designers work closely with directors and producers to ensure that the costumes have the correct 'look' for the show. Make-up artists use the face as their canvas. They do special effects work, as well as regular make-up for actors before they go onstage.

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