A Career In Technical Theater

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Although technical theatre is not my cup of tea, I did enjoy learning about some of the things. That is why I am choosing to talk about my two favorite things we discussed this semester: scenic painting and drafting. The first, scenic painting is the one I had the most experience with coming into. To find employment opportunities dealing with scenic painting I went to google and typed in “jobs that require scenic painting.” Surprisingly, I found more than I would have thought. On indeed.com I found positions for an on-call scenic technician, technical assistant/stage manager, and even an art director at universal studios. All of these jobs required more than just scene painting, but they all required at least some proficiency in scenic painting. …show more content…
I had absolutely no experience with drafting when I entered this class. A search on “jobs requiring drafting” pulls up a lot of engineering jobs. There are also a lot of architectural jobs. After a little digging there are a few technical directing or technical design jobs. All of these jobs required an advanced knowledge of drafting. The technical directing and design jobs also required a few other things. The engineering and architectural jobs only required drafting skills, but I am sure it is slightly different than the drafting that we covered class. All of these jobs required skills in math as well. The drafting must be clear and neat. All of these positions also required skills in AutoCAD. Drafting relates to the other aspects of performance because it is the foundation for all other design. As I discussed above, all design helps enhance actors’ performances and the director’s vision. The person who does the drafting for the show is important because if it is done sloppily, it can make the design process and construction process much more confusing and it can ultimately mess up the entire …show more content…
Although what I want to do is perform, I think that having a basic knowledge of technical theatre is important. For one, if I ever needed to do a technical job to supplement my income–which is a likely possibility–I could fall back on my technical experience. This class has also made me appreciate technical theatre a lot more. I knew technical theatre was not easy, but I now have a whole new level of respect for people who choose to do it as their career. I think it is advantageous for people to take this their first semester in the program because, at least for me, it was not something I had considered before. My school did not have technical theatre classes and most of the “tech” work was done by the director and any volunteers. We re-used flats and platforms, we did not have a sound system, and we only had one strip of lights. This class was full of new information for me. There are probably people like me who come from smaller schools and this class really gives a great overview of what technical theatre is all about. I think this class really makes or breaks technical theatre

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