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Otterbein University Department of Theatre & Dance

Scenic & Properties Construction & Design

Known as one of the best producers of large scale musicals in central Ohio, Otterbein provides many opportunities for those interested in scenery and properties to learn professional practices and gain valuable experience in building and crewing large scale productions.

In the Classroom

Otterbein University Theatre Design & Technology Student

From day one, students begin learning the fundamental techniques of scenery construction and rigging in a class taught by our resident faculty Technical Director. Hands-on projects in our large, well-equipped scene shop prepare students to take on the construction of scenery for our season productions. Students are given clear instruction on safety and the use of a large selection of power tools and hand tools as well as specialized construction techniques, such as metalworking and props construction. Individual classes also cover topics such as scenic painting, props, welding, AutoCAD drafting, drawing and rendering, scenic design, model-making, and various other special topics.

In Production Work

Students are given a wide range of opportunities to develop their skills in producing realized professional productions with significant budget support. Students are exposed to a wide variety of design styles and staging solutions through a series of produced works that fill the stage of a 1200 seat proscenium theatre space and a smaller thrust space on the campus. In addition, students may have the opportunity to design scenery for a mainstage production with the full support of a production team in realizing their design alongside the mentorship of a faculty member.

Faculty and Staff

Scenic Designer, Rob Johnson and Technical Director, Patrick Stone both hold Master of Fine Arts degrees (the highest degree in the field) in Scenic Design and Technical Direction, respectively.  Both are dedicated teachers who are invested in the development of student designers and technicians. Students are entrusted as partners in the process of realizing a scenic design and executing the running of shows in a professional manner.