Why Choose Nazareth for Technical Production?

The B.F.A. in Technical Production is a pre-professional degree offered in three emphasis areas:

  • costume design
  • lighting design
  • scenic design

Students put classroom studies into hands-on practice in all areas. Beginning with the first semester, candidates work hands-on in a lab setting to build and paint scenery, create costumes from beginning sketches to a realized fitted garment, and prep stage lights and props. Students fulfill show positions such as a show carpenter, master electrician, or wardrobe and makeup crew—all while taking an active part in mounting the department’s plays and musicals.

Upon completion of the program, Nazareth graduates are skilled and employable right out of the gate. In addition to a four-year resumé and a topnotch portfolio, successful candidates build professional credits and contacts for an ever-growing networking industry.

In the newly renovated state-of-the-art Arts Center and Callahan Theater, students receive training through practical daily experience in our shops. They hone their skills in their area of emphasis and are offered the opportunity to explore other areas of technical theatre.

Program Highlights

  • Professional internship opportunities prior to senior year.
  • Study in all the design areas with small class sizes for optimal student/instructor time.
  • Program can be tailored to include any area of design specific interest, technical theatre courses, theatre history, play analysis, fundamentals of acting, and art history.
  • Opportunities to work in design or leadership roles on the department productions.
  • Students are encouraged to attend industry conferences and pursue related summer work, while regularly using faculty referrals.
  • Faculty members work professionally in their fields as well as attend and present at professional conferences to keep current with trends and technology.

Program Options, Requirements, and Course Descriptions

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Contact Information

Yuanting Zhao

Yuanting Zhao

Professor of Theatre Arts / Costume Design / Chairperson in Theatre and Dance
Arts Center 20

Education: B.F.A., Shandong College of Arts, China (Acting); M.F.A., University of Arizona (Costume Design)

Teaching and Artistic Interests: During her 20+ years teaching here, Professor Zhao designed costumes or supervised student costume designers for more than 60 productions. She also designed for Geva Theatre Center, Rochester City Ballet, and other local theatres. Before coming to the US, she taught acting and makeup at Shandong College of Arts and starred in movies, TV movies, and hosted many TV programs.

Alumna Becca Pickett, technical production major, lighting, scenic & costume design degree program

Alumni Spotlight: Becca Pickett '10

Freelance stage manager, NYC; member, Actors' Equity Association

"Naz helped me prepare for my journey by allowing me the opportunity to work on any aspect of a production as often as I could. Most importantly, the theatre department taught me how to always be willing and ready to work."

Example Careers

  • Production designer
  • Theatre technician
  • Scenic artist
  • Wardrobe supervisor
  • Master electrician
  • Prop master
  • Stage manager

Internships/Field Experiences

  • Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc. (ETC)
  • Geva Theatre Center
  • Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

Graduate Schools/Employers

  • Juilliard
  • Yale University
  • Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
  • National tours of My Fair Lady and Grinch
  • Boston University
  • Euroco Costumes
  • Busch Gardens
  • Tisch (NYU School of the Arts)