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Theatrical Production and Design

Theatrical Production and Design at Fredonia

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatrical Production and Design provides students with foundational skills in multiple areas of theatrical design and technical production. Graduates are prepared for to enter the field in a wide range of positions, including carpentry, scenic painting, electrics, wardrobe, properties, technical direction, design assistance, and design. Students are also prepared to continue their studies at the graduate level.

The Fredonia Difference

Theoretical training coupled with hands-on experience, mentored by dedicated, full-time faculty and staff. Exclusive focus on undergraduate education, and numerous opportunities for fully-realized design and production work on the Department’s Walter Gloor Mainstage Season. State-of-the-art facilities, including new paint shop, costume craft, dye and paint studio, light and sound lab, and both traditional and computer-aided drawing and design labs. While specializing in a specific area (or areas) of interest is encouraged, all students will receive comprehensive training in all aspects of theatrical production and design.


Career Opportunities

  • Scenic carpenter/painter/designer
  • Master electrician/carpenter
  • Lighting design
  • Technical director
  • Costume designer
  • Wardrobe head/technician
  • Stage manager
Audition Information

Why Theatrical Production and Design at Fredonia?

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$36 million expansion has tripled the Department's available teaching, rehearsal, and shop space.

Peter and the Starcatcher performance

Complete theatre experience

All students have the opportunity to work on our five mainstage productions (The Walter Gloor Mainstage Series) in the areas of performance, production, and design.

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Discover your passion

Fredonia's Theatrical Production and Design program has four areas of focus: Costume Design, Lighting Design, Scenic Design, and Technical Production.

Sample Courses

THEA 324 Lighting Design I

Principle of Stage Lighting Design and its application to a theatrical production. Will study the what and why lighting can bring to a production through practical projects.

THEA 220 Makeup

Selection, application, and evaluation of stage makeup. Includes wigging and facial hair techniques.

THEA 441 Directing I

Director's functions and responsibilities including play selection, auditioning/casting, staging techniques and script analysis using the motivational unit as a basis of approach. Emphasis on preparation and presentation of a one-act play.

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