Tech Theatre


Set Design

  • How to properly assemble a set/flat - building
  • Drafting - write correctly
  • Make and Draw a blueprint - draw objects to scale
  • Tools - how they work and when they should be used
  • How to properly work saws - safely and effectively
  • Designs must convey the vision of the producer

Elements and Principle of Design

  • Color, Attributes, Shape, Texture, Space, Form - elements of design
  • Balance, Scale, Emphasis, Hierarchy, Similarity, Contrast - principals of design
  • Color Wheel - complementary, primary, secondary, tertiary colors
  • Designs must be appealing and work to promote the idea
  • Colors are some of the things that most stand out in a production


  • Different types of lights - ERS, Fresnel, LED, ...
  • Set Lighting Cues - when lighting cues should be placed in a script to accurately convey mood
  • Lighting Maps - placement of lights on stage
  • Gels - different colors can be mixed to create new colors
  • Gobos - how to set them in an ERS, how to focus light, design


  • Parts of the sound system - microphone, mixer, and amplifier
  • Sound cues - when to add sound cues to script to accurately convey mood
  • Sound effects - where to add sound effects to make play/show come to life
  • Sound Designer - the person who mixes the sound, makes sound effects, and cues them for a performance
  • Terminology - ambient noise (sound when there is no planned sound), gain (volume), acoustics (inherent sound qualities of a room)

Makeup and Costume

  • Old age makeup - normal makeup with added shadows and wrinkles around the eyes and cheeks
  • Makeup - where to add makeup on a person's face to highlight their facial attributes
  • Types of Fabrics and Materials - different types of fabric (wool, cotton, silk, and hemp), what they are good for and their inherent properties
  • Critique - time period accuracy, visual appeal and effectiveness
  • Costume and Makeup genera - fantasy, old age, blood and gore, horror, and old west