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Theatre Design & Technology

Design & Technology

The world of theatre design & technology is a rich and fascinating one.  Incorporating the areas of costumes, scenery, properties, lighting, sound, and stage management, there is always a new set of challenges and artistic opportunities to explore backstage.  Below you will find descriptions of each of these disciplines and links to help you learn more about our design & technology programs.  

Click here to view a list of the degree requirements to complete the B.F.A. in Design & Technology


The Costume Shop, located in FAC #306 & 307, is a fun and vibrant place where students have the chance to both design and create costumes for plays, musicals, operas, and dance concerts.

Scenery & Properties

The Scene Shop, located in the Valley of FAC is a hands-on work space where students are able to become involved in all aspects of designing and constructing the sets for mainstage productions. Students may also be given the opportunity to design scenery and props for departmental shows themselves.

Lighting & Sound

The Electrics Shop, located in the wings of Russel Miller Theatre gives students the opportunity to design lighting and sound for Theatre & Dance productions, as well as learn how to hang and focus lighting instruments, program and run the lighting and sound boards and serve as electricians and master electricians.

Stage Management

An excellent stage manager is essential to any successful theatre or dance production.  Students at WKU learn to work closely with directors, actors, dancers, and designers to help bring about a cohesive work of art.  After completing the appropriate course work, students have the opportunity to hone their skills by stage managing one of our many Mainstage & Next Stage productions.

Alumni Darron West wins Tony Award.Alumni Darron West accepts his 2012 Tony Award for best sound design for Peter and the Starcatcher.

Students apply old age makeup.Students Will Meredith and Molly Kays learn to apply old age makeup.

Lighting students working in Van Meter Auditorium
Lighting students work to hang lights for Winterdance in Van Meter Auditorium.

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 Last Modified 9/24/14