| Welcome to DESIGN & PRODUCTION
At DeKalb School of the Arts, students participating in the Design & Production (D&P) program are considered Technical Artists. Often in casual conversations, they are referred to as Techs or Crew. However, they possess more than the skills needed to execute technical aspects of theatre. They collaborate with fellow theatre artisans, actors, directors and designers. They craft with drive and dedication. They combine their expertise and creativity to produce a better performance. We call this process striving for higher production values.
The D&P program offers a wide range of educational opportunities with plenty of hands-on experiences. First year students are introduced to Stagecraft where they learn the behind-the-scenes skills of technical theater. They study techniques in building scenery, costumes, lighting, and sound. Next students can choose a concentration in Technical Direction, Stage Management, or Theatre Design. Each successive year builds on the skill of the previous years. Students may also add on elective courses from other concentrations as their schedule allows. Also offered is a concentration in Arts Administration, with courses such as theatre management, arts marketing and arts management.
As a part of the D&P program students participate in the hands-on experiences of mounting all DSA productions. Including theatre, concerts, and dance, DSA presents over 40 productions each year. It takes a tremendous team to make the magic happen. And the students run the show! All DSA students are welcome to join us on technical crews. It doesn’t matter if you have no experience. We’ll train you!
Through courses and real-life production experience, DSA’s Design & Production program is raising the next generation of technical artists, designers, producers, and arts managers. With careers in production in high demand, our goal is that upon graduation, students will have acquired the skills to prepare them competitively for college and/or jobs in the entertainment industry.