Immerse yourself in creating exceptional theatre.
The training is hands-on, intense, and real—because it’s delivered by theatre professionals who know.
In the studio and the classroom, our professional training BFA program in theatre design/technology provides the guidance and support of established theatre industry professionals.
Many of our alumni are recognized at the top of their fields 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 first-year curriculum, choose a concentration.
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 production and acting as the liaison between the rehearsal process and the members of the production team.
Technical Direction/Production Management
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 workspace and personal drawing tables. Private and semi-private design studios are often provided for juniors and seniors.
The state-of-the-art CMFT—Center for Media, Film, and Theatre—offers students a black box-style theatre and shop spaces.
Experience Off Campus
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.
Blood Wedding / See more recent performances
A Collaborative Scene
Design/Tech students work on productions with the Purchase Repertory Theatre, Theatre and Performance students, and the Purchase Opera.
The Acting Showcase Reel features the Class of 2022, created in collaboration with Theatre Design/Tech and Film BFA students and faculty.
Spotlight: Hands-on Learning
Design/Tech students and alumni on the creative team of the Broadway revival of Bob Fosse’s Dancin’.