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Theatre Design & Technology

Design & Technology at WKU

 The world of theatre design and technology is a rich and fascinating one that involves costumes, scenery, properties, lighting, sound, and stage management. Because of this diversity in discipline, a study of design and technology at WKU results in not only a specialized skill set, but also an adaptable creativity that expands across disciplines, robustly preparing students to encounter the challenges and artistic opportunities that make a successful career in theatre design and technology.

As a WKU Student, aspiring designers and technicians can pursue one of two degrees: a B.A. in Theatre or a B.F.A. in Design & Technology.

For more information about Design & Technology opportunities at WKU, please explore the links below!


Costume Design

Located in rooms 306 and 307 of the Fine Arts Center, the WKU Costume Shop is a fun and vibrant place where students have the chance to both design and create costumes for plays, musicals, operas, and dance concerts.

Scenic Design

Located in "the Valley" on the first floor of the Fine Arts Center, the WKU Scene Shop is a hands-on work space where students are involved in all aspects of designing and constructing the sets for WKU Theatre & Dance productions. Upper-level students are also awarded the opportunity to take the lead in individually designing scenery and props for both MainStage and studio productions.

Lighting and Sound Design 

Located in the wings of the Fine Arts Center's Russell Miller Theatre, the WKU Electrics Shop gives students the opportunity to design lighting and sound for Theatre & Dance productions. Student technicians also learn how to hang and focus lighting instruments, how to program and run the lighting and sound boards, and how to serve as electricians and master electricians for a variety of theatrical productions. 

Stage Management

An excellent stage manager is essential to any successful theatre or dance production.  Students at WKU learn to work closely with directors, actors, dancers, and designers to help bring about a cohesive work of art.  After completing the appropriate course work, students have the opportunity to hone their skills by stage managing one of our many MainStage and studio productions.

Alumni Darron West wins Tony Award.

Alumni Darron West accepts his 2012 Tony Award for best sound design for Peter and the Starcatcher.

Students apply old age makeup.

Students Will Meredith and Molly Kays learn to apply old age makeup.

Lighting students working in Van Meter Auditorium
Lighting students work to hang lights for Winterdance in Van Meter Auditorium.

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 Last Modified 8/14/18