Theatre - Design and Technology

The Technology and Design focus allows students to be hands on in the classroom and productions. Whether you are operating the light and sound board, designing the set, creating props and costumes, or any of the other multiple opportunities that arise, we encourage your wildest ideas to come forth. Come think outside the box with us...And perhaps learn how to build a box...that is not a box!


The Design Option in the Theatre Arts degree focuses on advanced study in the areas of theatre design and technology, with courses available in set, lighting, costume, sound, and properties design; technical and construction skills; CAD (Computer-aided Design) and rendering techniques, as well as a foundation in the history and practice of theatre production.

When you come to Virginia Tech for Theatre, Cinema, or Music, you will soon hear discussions of a class nicknamed, “D-LAB” (Design Lab). You’ll hear about a professor who asks students to “create a tree that is not a tree,” “design a stage that is a playground for actors,” and most often, “to be bold.”  You will also hear about the many opportunities to work in a costume and scene shop, lighting lab, as well as on productions, no matter what your focus is.

A Student's Thoughts

"The learning opportunities here are immeasurable: one-on-one studios, collaborative projects, faculty working with students. Everyone learns from everyone. It's truly enlightening."
- Scott Tusing, 2014 graduate

"It's a department that is constantly challenging you. Challenging who you are as a person, a performer, and a theatre-maker. You are being asked to take control of your theatre journey and find your true passion in the arts. It's terrifying, but when you step up to the challenge, you realize just how capable you are."
- Coryn Carson, 2013 graduate

After Graduation

Jackie Mullen ('13) is a production assistant at Jacob's Pillow Dance in Beckett, MA.
Matt Donnelly ('12) is a free lance lighting technician. Recent work includes: New York Musical Theatre Festival and Signature Theatre.
Alyssa Markfort ('11) is an associate show coordinator at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Sample Work

Want to know more?

John Ambrosone, Chris Russo, or Greg Justice will be happy to answer your questions and talk with you about the program.

John Ambrosone, lighting designer

Chris Russo, technical director

Greg Justice, undergraduate coordinator

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