The Design/Tech Track is ideal for students interested in learning applicable skills for both the design and implementation of technical and backstage tasks. Designers interested in the areas of scenic design, costumes, lighting, props, or sound will gain valuable skill and practical experience, while technicians will learn through hands-on experience in areas such as set construction, costume building, electrics, operation, prop building and stage management, all of which will build to the development of a professional portfolio.

Track Learning Objectives

  • To demonstrate, through assignments, a thorough understanding of theatre spaces and structures, theatre organization and management, and design and technical theatre.
  • To demonstrate, through work on actual productions or classroom projects, the ability to adapt and apply acquired skills to specific and often unique production requirements.
  • To analyze a script to serve their specific production area.
  • To create a portfolio of work to showcase their design abilities or advanced technical production skills.
  • To collaborate effectively as part of a team, in both classroom and production setting, to achieve a unified goal, while recognizing and utilizing individual talents.

What do I need to do to be qualified?

If you're not sure about what steps need to be taken to apply to become a student technician on a SUNY Oswego show, follow the link to the right for a Show Assignment Progression which covers all technical areas. Once you have a sense of what you need to do, use the following forms to apply!

Stage Management Applications

Students interested in serving as a Stage Manager or Assistant Stage Manager on a future SUNY Oswego Theatre production are encouraged to fill out this form to be considered for the position. Students will require a professional-style cover page and resume, and may be asked to attend an interview to gauge their suitability. Please note that application to a position does not necessarily guarantee selection, and this is set at the discretion of faculty.

Technician Applications

Students interested in serving as a Technician on a future SUNY Oswego Theatre production are encouraged to fill out this form to be considered for the position. Students will require a professional-style cover page and resume, and may be asked to attend an interview to gauge their suitability. Please note that application to a position does not necessarily guarantee selection, and this is set at the discretion of faculty.

Life after Design/Tech at SUNY Oswego

Students may look to careers as designers, technicians, and crew members.  In the practical theatre, a design/tech specialization may lead to the following careers:

Electrics

  • Lighting Designer
  • Master Electrician
  • Assistant Master Electrician
  • Light Board Operator
  • Followspot Operator (Lead or Assistant)
  • Deck Electrician
  • Hang & Focus Crew

Sound

  • Sound Designer
  • A1- FOH Mixer
  • A2- Deck/ Backstage Audio
  • Video Technician

Scenic

  • Scenic Design
  • Set Construction

Costumes

  • Costume Design
  • Costume Building

Stage Management

  • Stage Manager
  • Assistant Stage Manager
  • Backstage Crew

Props

  • Props Design
  • Props Building

Core Faculty

T.J. Bandla: Sound Design

Greg BrewsterLighting/Sound Technologies & Design

Assistant Professor Ola Kraszpulska: Scenic Design, Lighting Design

Scott Little: Technical Director

Professor Kitty Macey: Costume Design, Costume History

Assistant Professor Patrick Mathis: Lighting Design

Judith McCabe: Costume Construction

Cole Sostak: Stage Management, Venue Management

For more information on Design/Technical Theatre, please contact Professor Ola Kraszpulska.

SUNY Oswego Theatre is a proud Institutional Member of USITT: The Association for Performing Arts & Entertainment Professionals; and KCACTF Region 2: the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival