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The Theatre Design/Technology BFA Program

The professional training program in theatre design/technology places major emphasis on studio/classroom training under the guidance of established working professionals. Students learn every aspect of theatre design and technology.

Professional training requires a logical and sequential conservatory program. The freshman year is an exploratory common program that stresses fundamental coursework and assigned tasks on actual productions. After the freshman year, the following concentrations are available:

  1. scenic design
  2. costume design
  3. lighting design
  4. costume technology
  5. stage management
  6. technical direction/production management

Advanced study and practice in one or more of these areas occupies the second, third, and fourth years. Concurrent with these studies, a balance of liberal arts courses is also available to equip the candidate to function as a mature theatre professional.

Professional Training Facilities
The unparalleled technical and design resources of the Performing Arts Center—and its busy schedule of dance, musical, and dramatic productions—provide students with professional experiences few commercial theatres can match. Classes are conducted in modern design studios, where students have their own workspace and personal drawing tables. Private and semiprivate design studios are often provided for juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Opportunities for apprenticeships in professional studios and shops in New York City and throughout the country provide valuable career-related experience and contacts.

About Our Alumni
More than 86 percent of theatre design/technology graduates are working in their chosen profession. Many alumni are now members of USA local 829, IATSE, and AEA and have received Tony, Emmy, Obie, and Drama Desk Awards, among other honors. Their extensive design credits include Broadway, Off Broadway, dance, film, television, industrials, and Las Vegas.

Theatre Design/Technology Faculty (Board of Study)
Evan Adamson, BFA, Purchase College
Andrea Anthony, BS, Marymount College
Joel Brandwine, BFA, Boston University
Tracy Christensen, MFA, Rutgers University
Lynda Erbs, BA, Skidmore College
Murielle Etienne, BFA, Purchase College
Maruti Evans, BFA, University of Miami
Joseph Forbes, BFA, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
David Grill, BFA, Purchase College
Judi Guralnick, MA, University of Maryland
Andy Hall, MFA, New York University
Dan Hanessian, MFA, Purchase College
Riccardo Hernandez, MFA, Yale School of Drama
Alison Hublard Hershman, BFA, Purchase College
Dan Hoffman, BFA, Carnegie Mellon University
Tony Magner, BA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Ina Mayhew, BFA, Purchase College
Nick Nocera, BFA, Purchase College
Gene O’Donovan
Atkin Pace, MFA, Yale School of Drama
Dennis Parichy, BS, Northwestern University
Kyle Pickles, MA, New York University
Jesse Edward Poleshuck, BFA, Purchase College
Gina Ruggeri, MFA, Yale University
Susan Sampliner, BA, Brown University
Jennifer Lazar Santilli, BFA, Rutgers University
Jennifer Schriever, BFA, Purchase College
John Sochocky, BFA, Purchase College
Matthew Stern, BA, University of California, San Diego
Tom Sullivan, MFA, Yale School of Drama
Mark Viola, BFA, Purchase College
Lori R. Wekselblatt, MS, Baruch College, City University of New York
Thom Widmann, BFA, Purchase College
Grant Wilcoxen, BFA, Purchase College
Anita Yavich, MFA, Yale School of Drama
Joshua Zangen, BFA, Purchase College

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Theatre Design/Technology:

The Program & Faculty

Academic Requirements
Scenic Design
Costume Design
Lighting Design
Costume Technology
Stage Management
Technical Direction/
    Production Mgmt.