Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes of a performing arts venue? Does the world of production hold a unique appeal?

This summer, the Hylton Center will offer two one-week technical theater training boot camps led by professional Hylton Center staff and guest instructors where participants will learn:

•    Essential skills of technical production
•    Basics of stage lighting, carpentry, rigging, and fly system operation
•    Sound equipment operation for reinforcement and effects
•    Good practices for safe and efficient stage crew operations

NEW this year, participants of Technical Theater Bootcamp II will build upon skills learned in Technical Theater Bootcamp I and receive hands-on experience in mounting a production in a professional touring hall!

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 and/or II earns a Certificate of Technical Theater Training and qualifies the holder for consideration for future select crew assignments at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

For more information, please contact Susan Landess, email or call 703-993-9344.

Registration deadline: July 18, 2017

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 or call 703-993-9344, for consideration.)


  • Technical Theater Bootcamp I:  July 24 - July 28
  • Technical Theater Bootcamp II: July 31 - August 4

Boot Camp I - July 24 - July 28
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm 

Boot Camp II - July 31 - August 4
Monday – Wednesday: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm optional, Merchant Hall performance; 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm class (mandatory for certificate of completion), 
Friday: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

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