Technical Theatre Program (TTP)
The Technical Theatre Program (TTP) provides hands-on experiential learning, mentored by professionals, in a wide variety of theatre disciplines.
TTP opportunities allow students to learn theatre industry vocational skills such as direction, design, and management. Using theatre arts, TTP teaches creativity and responsibility, encourages teamwork and personal integrity, and builds self-esteem.
TTP Apprentices develop a customized learning plan and are provided strong and consistent mentorship by theatre professionals as they learn theatre skills for enriched lives and career opportunities. Participants develop a broad-based appreciation for live theatre promoting positive values through art. Students may take advantage of a progressive learning experience that can potentially lead to paid positions. Most students start as Entry Level Apprentices, but the exact placement of each individual will be determined through the application and interview process based on experience and ability.
TTP students are typically expected to be at the theatre Monday through Friday during the afternoons and early evenings.
- Work under a professional, receiving constant instruction and supervision.
- Learn all steps from concept to execution and in turn see true results of their work.
- Pay a tuition (tuition varies by TTP program/location)*
- Work alongside a professional, continuing to develop a personal mentor relationship.
- Autonomy increases as skills and techniques are refined.
- Tuition may be reduced by work exchange depending on position (tuition varies by TTP program/location)*
- Work directly with a professional, shadowing them in an active position.
- Challenged with the goal of reaching the highest professional standards possible.
- Tuition may be fully covered by work exchange depending on position (tuition varies by TTP program/location)*
Directors are responsible for the artistic rendering of the show. They collaborate with the artistic team and designers to tell a cohesive story. They create stage pictures, do dramaturgical research, communicate their concept to visual designers, and coach actors in scenes. Directors are creative, patient, team players, skilled compromisers, and natural leaders.
Choreographers create the dance and movement to tell the story of the show. They create original choreography, teach and notate dance steps and formations, clean dance combinations, teach students techniques and dance steps, and run daily fitness conditioning warm-ups with actors. Choreographers are experienced dancers, patient teachers, clear communicators, and able to visualize stage pictures and movement.
Music Directors are responsible for the musical rendering of the show, by integrating vocal and orchestral elements into a production. They manage both singers and musicians, working with performers to teach/rehearse music, harmonies, parts, and to clean vocal and orchestral performances. Music directors are knowledgeable about vocal technique and instrumentation, patient teachers, clear communicators, natural leaders, and able to balance the needs of vocalists and instrumentalists.
Stage Managers are responsible for coordinating all aspects of rehearsals and performances. They organize people and paperwork, take general, blocking and line notes during rehearsals, help organize costume fittings, prop lists, and other pertinent show data and run both rehearsals and performances. Stage managers are highly organized, leaders, detail oriented, proficient with Microsoft Office, and calm under pressure.
Production Managers oversee the entire production from hiring of the production to striking the show. They collect and gather important paperwork, run production meetings, coordinate parent and student volunteers, organize and distribute marketing materials, and assist with flow of communication between production team members.
Scenic Artists mix colors, use a grid to layout artwork, and utilize different paint techniques. They use and maintain various types of brushes, rollers, sprayers, and other paint equipment to accurately draw and paint from designer renderings and/or model pieces. Scenic artists are attentive to detail, capable artists, good with their hands, and enjoy meticulous tasks.
Prop crew are master craftspeople. They fill the performance space with period appropriate hand-held props, furniture, and other scenic dressing. Depending on production needs, they may assist with shopping, borrowing, pulling from stock, constructing new pieces, organizing and tracking, and could potentially work as props crew during the run of a show. Properties assistants are organized, creative, attentive to detail, and enjoy a variety of crafts.
Costume Assistants take a design from concept drawings to finished product by borrowing, pulling pieces from storage, or constructing/altering new garments. Depending on production needs, they will often assist with actor measurements and fittings, organize and track costumes for a full cast, and could potentially work as wardrobe/dressing crew during the run of a show. Costume assistants are calm individuals who are attentive to detail, organized, and know how to sew.
Hair & Makeup Assistant
An extension of Costume Design, Hair and Makeup Assistants help with executing the hair and makeup design, including wigs, within the framework of the costume design. They assist in the creation and application of hair styles for production, and design and application of show makeup under the guidance of the wig master and/or costume designer. Hair and Makeup assistants are calm individuals who are attentive to detail, organized, and know about the practical application of makeup and/or hair. Not available for all productions.
Lighting Assistants help the Lighting Designer with executing the lighting design of a show, using different lighting instruments and colors of light to appropriately illuminate the performance space. They mimic different light conditions (daylight, night-time, indoors, outdoors, etc.) as well as enhance the mood of a scene. They assist the designer in creating a light plot, hang and focus instruments in the theatre space, program a light board and recording lighting cues, and run the board during performances.
Sound Assistants help the Sound Designer and Engineer with executing the sound design of a show and how a show sounds in collaboration with the director, music director, and other designers. The Sound Team oversees the audio dynamics of the performance space, microphone and speaker placement, balancing levels of all sound sources for all areas of the audience, cabling, and pulling/creating environmental sound effects. Assistants help with loading in and setting up microphone and sound equipment, mic’ing actors and musicians in the orchestra pit, and troubleshoot sound issues during tech and performances as they arise. Assistants may also help the designer to create cue sheets, hook-ups, and other related paperwork and information.
Skills for Theatre… Skills for Life
To provide a personal development program for young people which uses theatre arts:
- To teach creativity and responsibility
- To encourage teamwork and personal integrity
- To foster self-esteem and appreciation for live theatre
Everyone benefits from an inclusive, multi-cultural environment of students, staff and programming. We welcome people of every ethnicity, race, faith, sexual orientation, gender identity, income and ability.