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9th-12th Grade Technical Theatre Class

Matthews Playhouse is excited to offer the following technical theatre course for our High School students who want to learn more about the backstage and design world of theatre. Our 9th-12th Grade Programming is for serious-minded theatre students who are committed to attending classes each week and spending time outside of the classroom working on material. No experience is necessary.


(The Winter Session will differ from the fall in order that students may participate in both sessions without repeating material)

Technical Theatre- Design & Stagecraft 101

Offered: Winter 2023; Wednesdays

Fee: $250

Class Description:

This course takes students from ideation to execution on stage. Students will learn the basics of design and how theatrical artists create imaginary worlds on stage. Students will discover technology, terminology and techniques used by theatrical designers to make their ideas come to life. In addition, students will build skills in hands-on stagecraft techniques by aiding in the production of the current show. Students will assist with construction, painting or light electrical work to build practical theatrical experience. These tasks and skills vary greatly from show to show, and can be as diverse as metal fabrication or sewing. We ask that students come with an open mind and willingness to dig in and learn the unconventional world of stagecraft for live audiences. Lastly, students will learn the basics of maintaining a performance space as well as an orientation to the lighting and sound systems in Fullwood Theater.  


Tech Theatre Class, 2022
Photo Courtesy of Marisa Becker

Wednesday Classes

Winter (10 Weeks)

Day/Time: Wednesdays @ 5:00pm-7:00pm

Winter Semester Dates: January 10, 17, 24, 31; February 7, 14, 21, 28; March 6, 13


PLEASE NOTE: Technical Theatre Students who participate in the Fall and/or Winter Semester of SOT are invited to interview to provide Technical Support for the Spring School of Theatre (SOT) Performance 2024, and will be eligible for a part based on availability.

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