Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes of a performing arts venue? Does the world of production hold a unique appeal? In one week, learn about technical production from the professional staff of the Hylton and guest faculty. Topics covered in Bootcamp I include essential skills of technical production; basics of stage lighting, rigging and fly system operation; sound equipment operation for reinforcement and effects; and good practices for safe and efficient crew operations. Continue with Bootcamp II to learn techniques in the practice of hanging, focusing, and programming lights; setting the stage with platforms, flats, and other scenic elements, and flying drops and drapes; setting up audio visual equipment, including mics, monitors, and projectors; and providing technical, design, and strike support for a professional performance - culminating in providing technical and design support for an actual show!

Classes include five four-hour daily sessions per week. Long pants and closed toe shows are required. Work gloves are recommended.

Technical Theater Boot Camp - Summer 2015

Technical Theater Boot Camp - Summer 2015

Technical Theater Boot Camp is taught by the Production Staff at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. Led by the Production Manager, Chris Burrell, the staff is responsible for running and maintaining the theater, and supporting the many events that happen year-round in both Merchant Hall and the Gregory Family Theater. Each staff member specializes in an aspect of technical theater.

Successful completion of the Technical Theater Boot Camp I earns a Certificate of Technical Theater Training.

For more information, please contact Susan Landess, email slandess@gmu.edu or call 703-993-9344.  Two scholarships are available for this program

Registration deadline: July 1, 2018

A $3 processing fee is added to all transactions

Open to ages 16 and up*. 
(*Students ages 14 & 15 may be considered with appropriate recommendations. Please contact Susan Landess, email slandess@gmu.edu or call 703-993-9344, for consideration.)

July 16-20 (Bootcamp I)
July 23-26 plus July 27 show (Bootcamp II)

Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm 

Hylton Performing Arts Center – 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA 20110