Technical Production

Technical Production student work on constructing at set in the Scene Shop

Technical production combines the skills of scenic carpentry and stage rigging. The overall planning of how scenery is to be built in the shop and erected onstage encompasses technical and craft knowledge plus personnel, cost and time management skills, and includes the hanging, shifting and offstage storage of stage settings for drama, dance, opera and musicals. Expertise in wood, plastic and metal construction techniques, scenic assembly, traditional and CAD drafting and familiarity with scene painting, prop making, stage electrics and stage management are several key areas of required comprehensive knowledge.

Although a technical and craft discipline, the dramatic and aesthetic challenge of working creatively with directors, designers and performers transforms the responsibilities of technical production very much into an artistic calling as well. Successful students in this discipline find themselves qualified for professional theater, television and film work or related fields in exhibit and display work.

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Steve R. Miller

Associate Director of Theatre Operations

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Stirling S. Shelton

Professor of Technical Direction

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William Sylvan Tucker

Adjunct Instructor of Technical Direction

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Kyle Elder Wichman

Theatre Stage Technician/Shop Foreman

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CCM's undergraduate admissions process begins on August 1 for entrance in the following year's fall semester. All application materials must be submitted on or before December 1 to be considered for specific scholarship awards. Visit the CCM Admissions website for additional application instructions.

Pre-screening and Interview Requirements

Pre-screening

Applicants must submit the required pre-screening materials via getacceptd.com/ccm on or before December 1 in order to be considered for admissions and invited for an audition.

Pre-screening Requirements

  • Current resume
  • 500-word applicant statement
    • Use the 500-word statement to express: how you came to your area of theater design and production, what you expect to gain out of the CCM experience, and what direction you intend to go upon graduation. What are your personal and professional goals and how does CCM get you closer to those goals?
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Portfolio (include theatre, artistic, and/or craft work)
  • Theatre Design and Production questionnaire

Interview

Interview Requirements

  • Application materials, along with experiences, achievements and long-range goals will be discussed at the applicant’s interview. All applicants will interview with faculty from the Theatre Design and Production department.

Additional Information

  • Candidates should only apply to one major within Theatre Design and Production unless seriously considering two areas

News and Events

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Faculty and students at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music are collaborating on innovative multimedia projects in the CCM Idea Lab. The cross disciplinary class explores technical, artistic and philosophical questions to create short performance pieces that showcase the work of students and faculty from CCM Lighting Design and Technology, Sound Design and Technology, Technical Direction, Stage Management, Dance, Acting, Voice, Musical Theatre and Media Production.

The Hughes Project: CCM partners with high school students on...

March 29, 2021

University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) Theatre Design and Production students are working with Hughes STEM High School art students on a light show that will be projected onto Hughes’ beautiful and historic façade on Friday, April 2, 2021. Themed around Afrofuturism and visions of the future, the installation is made possible by the generous support of Prestige AV, Vincent Lighting Systems, Lightborne Communications and UC Forward.

CCM Theatre Design and Production presents virtual student...

February 16, 2021

Students from CCM's Theatre Design and Production department have worked to create personal portfolios to share their craft with the world. In addition to finding the best way to showcase their work, students have worked to create a consistent brand of their own throughout their materials. This Showcase serves as a recognition of their progress, and an opportunity for others to view the culmination of the work they have crafted.

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