Theatre: Design and Technical Theatre Concentration, BA

Theatre: Design and Technical Theatre Concentration, BA

This major provides comprehensive training for collaborative theatre-makers.  

In our program, you’ll engage with theatre on multiple levels—creative, intellectual, and practical. Guided by our outstanding faculty, you’ll receive conservatory-caliber training in a small class setting. As a Design and Technical Theatre emphasis, you’ll immerse yourself in dramaturgy, communication, and visual literacy, while also gaining consistent hands-on production experience.

You’ll have the opportunity to attend shows throughout the Bay Area and work with a diverse range of guest artists. Your studies will culminate with a self-generated project that demonstrates mastery in your chosen field. 

Students graduate well-equipped for fields such as stage management, scenic or lighting design, and technical direction. Others put their critical, technical, and creative skills to work outside of the arts, in technology, health care, and beyond.

Myriad possibilities await you, and we are here to prepare you for them!

Apply Request Info

Learn more about the program

Get to know our well-respected faculty and their specialties, as artists and scholars. Or explore scholarship opportunities and an array of performance possibilities.

Upon successfully completing a degree in Theatre, students will be able to...

  • DEMONSTRATE multidimensional (individuals and ensemble) performance capacity through training, embodiment, and understanding of social/cultural context and theory.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to support the technical and design needs of a production through the integration of tools and techniques, communication, dramaturgical skill, and understanding of social/cultural context and theory.
  • ANALYZE and INTERPRET works of art from around the world, considering issues of access, representation, exclusion and inclusion in the field of Performing Arts.
  • DEVELOP an artistic voice and promote agency to express it in community.

Saint Mary's Testimonials

Since graduating Saint Mary’s, I have been hired to be a performer, director, teaching artist, production manager, and writer. I currently work full-time at American Conservatory Theatre, but have worked with other theaters in the Bay Area theatre community such as Crowded Fire, California Shakespeare Theatre, Shotgun Players, TheatreFirst, Town Hall Theatre, Bay Area Women’s Theatre Festival, and Z Space.

Alejandra Maria Rivas, Class of 2019


Undergraduate student-faculty ratio

School and Department Information