The Hartt School
Technical theatre at The Hartt School prepares you for a professional career specializing in the areas of sound, lighting, stagecraft, and costumes.
At Hartt, we aim to engage you in a deep and broad understanding of theatre by focusing on experiential collaborative learning through a liberal arts foundation. We provide a flexible degree path to allow you to experience possibilities within the industry.
You will receive pre-professional training characterized by artistic and academic rigor, individualized attention, mentorship, peer support, and a synthesis of tradition and innovation leading to life-long service to and advocacy for the arts.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in technical theatre is affiliated with The Hartt School’s renowned actor training and music theatre programs, which have long-established relationships with industry professionals. You will have the opportunity to work with not only our in-house professional production crew, but also directors and designers from all over the country.
From day one, the combination of classroom learning and hands-on work takes you through the levels of training that prepare you for a successful career. You will work on simple classroom projects and black box theatre performances, to fully staged main productions.
To complete the BFA in technical theatre, you must complete 129 required credits. A sample of courses is listed below; see the course catalog for the complete list of degree requirements.
- Scenery Construction I
- Production Workshop I, II
- Sets and Technical Direction
- Drawing and Rendering for Theatre
- Costume Construction
The Hartt Advantage
By having access to The Hartt School’s professional designers and technical staff, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the basic elements of theatrical production. Working with these professionals, you will be exposed to the total design process, including the progression of raw materials through multiple production “shops” and the roles that various craftspeople play in the creation of a finished product.
All applicants must fulfill application requirements of the University of Hartford and The Hartt School. Interviews are conducted with Hartt faculty members.
For applicants entering in the Fall of 2021, all interviews will be virtual.
Students majoring in technical theatre and stage management will have the opportunity to be considered for our NETworks Scholarship. First preference for the scholarship will go to students who are underrepresented in these two career fields. Each scholarship will be awarded up to four students per year. To be considered for the NETworks Scholarship, students should submit their application to the University of Hartford and complete the necessary admission requirements, including an interview, for the technical theatre program.
Founded in 1995 by Ken Gentry, NETworks Presentations LLC is an industry leader, producing and managing numerous domestic and international touring productions each year. As a full service production touring company, NETworks’ experienced and customer focused staff provides an array of professional services including booking management, marketing and sales oversight, general management, production management, financial and accounting services for touring Broadway musicals. NETworks employs hundreds of talented actors, musicians, road managers and stage technicians annually. In addition, NETworks maintains a 41,000 square foot warehouse of theatrical costumes, props and full production assets that are available for rental.