Design Tech Track offers hands-on study of scenic, costume, lighting and audio design to students interested in the backstage world of theatre. Study the art of technical theatre with PGT’s incredible teaching artists in The Play Group Theatre’s fully equipped performing arts complex.
Design Tech Track is a mutli-disciplinary, hands-on experience which introduces students to the basics of set design and construction, costuming, prop making and technical theatre, including sound and lighting. Students will work with PGT’s professional designers and technicians, moving through the design phase and into the execution of all aspects of production work for PGT’s MainStage season.
Design/Tech students will have the opportunity to work on the crew of a PGT MainStage show during tech week and performances. Possible positions include Light Board Operator, Sound Effects Operator, Dresser, Running Crew and Stage Manager.
As part of the MainStage program, Design/Tech Track students work closely with both actors and the PGT artistic staff. This program is recommended for those who want to focus entirely on design and technical theatre as well as actors interested in exploring this part of the process for a season or two.
Understanding the PGT Design/Tech Schedule... in 4 Easy Steps
1.When we receive your registration form, we email you some paperwork, including the Conflict Form. You fill in all of your child’s activities - soccer, dance class, etc. as well as weekends away, etc. Basically, your entire family calendar for the entire season.
2.Design/Tech students are then assigned a D/T section (weekly day and time), based on their availability, and the MainStage rehearsal schedule.
3.D/T students follow their weekly schedule throughout the season. If they are going to miss a session, they may have the opportunity to make the day up on one of the other D/T days.
4.Each D/T student has the opportunity to tech one or more MainStage show - working lights, sound, wardrobe and/or running crew through Tech Week and Performances. This optional part of the program is as exciting as it is time intensive. Tech Week and Performances are serious commitments - it is intense and tiring but exciting and wonderful as we add all of our tech and design elements to our productions...and the most wonderful bonds of friendship are formed! Tech Week includes a long Sunday rehearsal, and rehearsal every evening during the that week, Mon - Thurs. These dates are set at the beginning of the season, so you can plan well in advance.