Design your future.
Emphasizing studio and classroom training, our professional training program in theatre design/technology gives students the guidance and support of established and theatre industry professionals.
Many of our alumni are recognized at the top of their field, and have received Tony, Emmy, Obie, and Drama Desk Awards, among other honors. Quite literally, Purchase grads are working in or have worked in every theatre on Broadway, in all tristate venues, and with countless touring productions.
After the common freshman-year curriculum, the following concentrations are available:
The scenic designer’s primary responsibility is to develop conceptual and artistic ideas that will be used to guide the design of the scenic elements of a production.
The costume designer’s primary responsibility is to develop conceptual and artistic ideas that will be used to guide the design of the costumes for a production.
The lighting designer’s primary responsibility is to develop conceptual and artistic ideas that will be used to guide the design of the lighting for a production.
The costume technician’s primary responsibility is to take the costume designer’s vision and physically create it.
The stage manager is responsible for managing the rehearsal process of a production and acting as the liaison between the rehearsal process and the members of the production team.
The technical director, working collaboratively with the scenic designer and others, is responsible for the execution of the scenic elements of a production.
Students have full access to the exceptional technical and design resources of the Performing Arts Center (PAC), gaining professional experience through active involvement in the PAC’s extensive schedule of dance, musical, and dramatic productions.
Classes are conducted in modern design studios, where students have their own work space and personal drawing tables. Private and semiprivate design studios are often provided for juniors and seniors.
Purchase students frequently pursue apprenticeships in studios and shops in New York City and beyond, providing rich industry experience and the opportunity to build a network of professional contacts.
Christy Rilling ’01 (theatre design/technology) helps A-listers look fabulous.
Westchester Magazine recently profiled David Grill, associate professor of theatre design/technology.
He accompanied Associate Professor Dave Grill ’86 to his 17th Super Bowl.
Receives the Creative Activity Initiative Award from Illinois State University, where he’s a professor.