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CCM: About
The courtyard outside of CCM's Patricia Corbett Theater.

The courtyard outside of CCM's Patricia Corbett Theater.

Academic Programs & Majors

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programs. Refer to the chart below for more information on the types of degrees offered by each program and click on the degree titles to view specific degree plans.

What is Theater Design and Production : Technical Production?

The BFA in technical direction from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is a couse of study that has an heavy emphasis on hands-on, practical production work. Each student has a great flexibility beyond the required core coursses to focus on personal goals and development as a theatre artist. 

The technical direction program at CCM is dedicated to fostering the performing arts by mentoring and educating young technical directors: integrating practical training in scenic, costume, lights, sound, stage management, wigs and makeup, and leadership. Each student will exhibit and promote the highest standards of artistry, professionalism, diversity, and collaboration. Additionally, graduates of this program will be confident, critical, and creative thinkers able to focus on exploring ideas, generating possibilities, looking for many right answers rather than just one, and defining the problems presented in every live entertainment venture. 


Promoting excellence in the practice and scholarship of technical design and production.

The Technical Direction program  is committed to:

  • Leadership
  • Collaboration and communication;
  • Highest standards in professionalism, design, creativity and academics
  • Critical, creative and imaginative thinking, diversity of ideas
  • Artistic, academic and intellectual freedom


  • Creative    
  • Intelligent
  • Sensitive
  • Artistic
  • Technological
  • Risk Taker
  • Detail Oriented
  • Problem Solved
  • Passionate

Career Possibilities

Some possilbe career directions are listed below:

  • Technical Director for Regional Theater
  • Technical Director for Regional Opera
  • Techncial Director for Regional Dance/Ballet Company
  • Technical Director for Professsional (for Profit) Production company
  • Production Manger for Regional Theater
  • Production Manger for Regional Opera
  • Production Manger for Regional Dance/Ballet Company
  • Project Manager for Professional Prodctuion Company (for profit)
  • Rigger for Production Companies
  • Window dressing
  • Themed  Entertainment
  • Themed Restruants
  • Theme Parks
  • Crusie Ships
  • Flying effects riggers

Minoring in Theater Design and Production : Technical Production

There is no minor available



Head of BFA in Technical Direction
Stirling Shelton
CC3480 F, Corbert Center for the Performing Arts

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

The strengths of the technical direction program at CCM are many.

CCM has in residence a number of highly committed directors who balance their exciting careers between academia and regional theater or opera in the U.S., Great Britain and Europe. These gifted professionals guide CCM technical and design students in innovative productions.

High-profile exposure is achieved at CCM -- world or U.S. premieres and unusual repertories attracts the attention of notable national and international critics. The New York Magazine, Opera News, OPERA of London, and Playbill On Line have recently sung the praises of CCM’s innovative and superlative productions.

Exceptional contacts and mainstreaming faculty directors and designers work consistently on new productions for many outside companies, frequently employing their top students as assistants in key areas. As these assistants advance or graduate, they often move into major positions with these companies and others.

High tech production work -- the challenge of modern, innovative musicals, opera, and drama is often realized through ingenious, innovative technical solutions as well as artistically orchestrated traditional solutions. CCM is a regional leader in combing ‘high tech’ and conventional tech approaches in almost every production it mounts. CCM has received over 45+ regional USITT design and tech awards in the past 10 years; many have been first place.

CCM's dedicated teaching faculty are practicing professionals. All faculty designers are members of the USAA. All care deeply for teaching and are committed to the thorough training and intense practical involvement of their students- undergraduate and graduate.

Special Programs

Special opportunities in the program include:

  • Special Topics- A supplemental seminar style class for advanced theater production students that focuses on a specific area of technical production; typically taught by a guest instructor actively working in the business.
  • Guest Instructors and Lecturers

Recent guest instructors and lecturers have included:

  • Troy Brizius, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, stage automation
  • Shawn Nolan, PE, Entertainment Structures, structural design
  • Jay Glerum, Jay O. Glerum & Associates, rigging inspection
  • Delbert Hall, founder of Hall Associates Flying Effects, flying systems
  • Steven Ehrenberg, Clear Channel-Theatrical, the business of theater

Admission Requirements

For specific admissions information, International student requirements and application deadlines please visit the CCM Admissions website.

Graduation Requirements

A one-year internship or resistance is HIGHLY recommended. 


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


The stage management program is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), the University and Resident Theatre Association (URTA), United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), and the International Fluid Power Society (IFPS).