Theatre Design and Technology

The Design and Technology program at UNC combines the best of practical application and applied theory, and consists of multiple tracks within the program that gives each student the ability to build an education tailored to his or her personal needs and aspirations.

Our students have access to a state-of-the-art design lab, as well as superior technical equipment in all the theatres that maximizes the designing potential for each space.

In addition to the numerous production opportunities available throughout the academic year, the Theatre Design and Technology program also fosters professional development through our resident summer theatre, The Little Theatre of the Rockies. Each summer, this professional summer stock company produces five additional productions with a company consisting of industry professionals and advanced students, providing our majors with a remarkable learning environment and real-world, practical experience.

"Design Tech" Program

The Design and Technology concentration is an undergraduate degree program.
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Coursework for Design and Technology students may include:

  • Costume Technology
  • Lighting Technology
  • Scenic Painting
  • Stage Make Up
  • Stage Management

The Design and Technology program has a curriculum that combines the best of practical application and applied theory. This new curriculum creates multiple tracks within the program and gives each student the ability to build an education tailored to his or her needs and aspirations. Students have access to a state-of-the-art design lab with 22 stations of equipment and software needed in the design and technology field. Recent changes to the technical equipment in all the theatre spaces have maximized the designing potential for each space.

The College of Performing and Visual Arts is committed to continued development of a Design and Technology program that is an example to other Universities and which trains students to work professionally or to seek advanced graduate education. Upon graduation, most Design and Technology students find professional employment or placement in nationally recognized graduate programs.

Career options for graduates of the Design and Technology program include:

  • Lighting Designer
  • Sound Designer
  • Costume Designer
  • Scenic Designer
  • Properties Designer
  • Stage Manager

Alumni of the School of Theatre Arts and Dance work on and off Broadway, in regional repertory theatres, in film and television, and as directors and/or teachers throughout the United States. Currently some UNC acting graduates study in professional MFA Graduate Programs at the Carnegie Mellon/Moscow Arts Theatre Program, London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, the National Theatre Conservatory, the Eugene O’Neill Center, Penn State University, Ohio University/Cincinnatti In The Park, UC Irvine, the Alabama Shakespeare Company, the National (Folger) Shakespeare Company & others. (View Alumni News)

Students interested in the Design and Technology program must interview for consideration.

For more information about the Design and Technology program, contact Anne Toewe at (970) 351-1299 or Anne.Toewe@unco.edu.

Audition & Application Information
How to Apply

For more information about the Design and Technology program, contact Anne Toewe at (970) 351-1299 or Anne.Toewe@unco.edu.

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The UNC School of Theatre Arts & Dance is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre and designated a Colorado Program of Excellence by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

Faculty & Staff

The Design and Technology program at the University of Northern Colorado is made up of 9 full and part time faculty and staff consisting of designers and technicians representing all aspects of technical theatre. This group, along with 65-75 Design and Technology majors, produces 10-19 productions in four theatre spaces each academic year. This gives ample opportunities for students and faculty alike to design and work technically on several projects a semester.

Ryan Andrus

Technical Director

J. David Blatt

Scenic Design

Jason Clark

Properties Master

Patty Cleary

Costume Shop Manager

Nicholas Graves

Design Generalist

Brian Hapcic

Lighting Design

Terry Kattner

Scene Shop Coordinator

Kaya Pederson

Stitcher

Ranae Selmeyer

Scenic Artist

Heidi Swanson

Stitcher

Anne M. Toewe

Head of Design and Technology; Costume Designer

Production Staging, Lighting, Costume Design, & More!

There are many opportunities for students at the UNC School of Theatre Arts & Dance to participate in productions.

UNC Performing Arts Productions

The School of Theatre Arts and Dance produces a remarkable thirty-three (33) productions per year! Six main-stage offerings, five summer stock theatre or repertory shows, two student directed senior practicums and twenty one-act plays per year.

The Design and Technology program encourages professional development throughout a student’s education at UNC and supports this through our professional summer stock program, The Little Theatre of the Rockies. Each summer we produce three plays and two musicals with a company made up of professionals and advanced students allowing for a remarkable learning experience.