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
  • set design

You'll put classroom studies into hands-on practice in all areas. Beginning your first semester, work hands-on in a lab setting to build and paint scenery, create costumes from beginning sketches to a fitted garment, and prep stage lights and props. Fulfill show positions such as 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. In addition to a four-year resumé and a topnotch portfolio, you'll build professional credits and critical contacts for this networking-heavy industry.

In the state-of-the-art Arts Center and Callahan Theater, receive training through practical daily experience in our shops. Hone your skills in your area of emphasis and enjoy the opportunities to explore other areas of technical theatre.

Program Highlights

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

Program Options, Requirements, and Course Descriptions

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A portfolio review is required for this major. View portfolio details and register.

Contact Information

Yuanting Zhao

Yuanting Zhao

Professor and Chair of Theatre & Dance / 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.

Video: Behind-the-scenes look at costume design.

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Alumna Becca Pickett, technical theatre major, lighting, set & 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
  • Sound design
  • Technical director

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)