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DeKalb School of the Arts

Dekalb County Schools

Design and Production

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 OUR VISION

Growing hearts and minds while 
cultivating the next generation of theatre artists.

  CORE VALUES


COLLABORATION
As collaborators, we strive to be:



CURIOUS
We have the desire to 
learn, practice and grow.



INNOVATIVE
We are ingenious, industrious, and creative.


PROFESSIONAL
We are ever-helpful, 
dedicated, and dependable.



LEADERS
We have good communication skills,
 confidence, and gravitas.




  OUR MISSION

In the DSA Design & Production program, we strive to:
  • Offer an intensive arts-based program built on a curriculum rich with creative opportunities.
  • Prepare our students with pre-professional artistic education and hands-on experience so that they can pursue post-secondary education and/or careers in the arts.
  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.

  COURSES OFFERED

  MEET THE FACULTY
Walker Scott
Theatre Design & Production
  • Degree in Speech Communications & Theatre and Computer Science from LaGrange College.
  • Started working in Atlanta theatre in 1991
  • Joined DSA in 2016 as a parent volunteer designing shows and leading workshops.
  • Officially began teaching in 2018
  • Director of Drama Ensemble, DSA's Performance Theatre Troupe
  • Teaching courses in Drama, Technical Theatre, Stage Management, Arts Marketing