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 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)
Andrea Anthony, BS, Marymount College
Tracy Christensen, MFA, Rutgers University
Karl Eigsti, MA, University of Bristol (England)
Murielle Etienne-Newman
Joseph Forbes, BFA, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Lana Fritz, MFA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Brian Garber, MFA, California Institute of the Arts
David Grill, BFA, Purchase College
Judi Guralnick, MA, University of Maryland
Andy Hall, MFA, New York University
Dan Hanessian, MFA, Purchase College
Erik Hansen, BFA, Boston University
Justin Herminghouse, BFA, Purchase College
Riccardo Hernandez, MFA, Yale School of Drama
Alison Hershman, BFA, Purchase College
Peter Hoerburger, BFA, Purchase College
Jason Lyons, BFA, Purchase College
Ina Mayhew, BFA, Purchase College
Gene O’Donovan
Atkin Pace, MFA, Yale School of Drama
Dennis Parichy, BS, Northwestern University
Jesse Edward Poleshuck, BFA, Purchase College
Martin Prelle-Tworek
John Romeo, 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
Anita Yavich, MFA, Yale School of Drama
Joshua Zangen, BFA, Purchase College

For additional information:
Conservatory of Theatre Arts Faculty


For additional information and updates during 2013–2015, please visit www.purchase.edu/Departments/AcademicPrograms/Arts/TAF/DT/default.aspx.

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