Production and Design Emphasis

Production Emphasis

Are you interested in studying theatre and developing your gifts for a future in theatre production? Our BA in Theatre with an emphasis in Production and Design offers you a rigorous education and a rich foundation to prepare you as a theatre-maker.


As a Theatre major with a Production and Design emphasis, you will be prepared for the many “behind-the-scenes” facets that bring a theatre production to life. You will have the opportunity to grow in your mastery of stage management, scenic design, costume design, makeup design, prop design, lighting design, sound design, and more. Between classes and hands-on participation in theatre productions, you will be exposed to a wide range of dramatic forms and styles, and you will learn to work collaboratively with a team in a professional setting.

Major Courses and Degree Requirements

In addition to your core Theatre major courses, with a Production and Design emphasis you will take courses that provide you with a focused and integrative approach to Theatre production. Course options include “CAD for the Theatre,” “Scene Painting,” “Scenic Design,” “Costume Design,” “Stage Makeup,” and “Portfolio Development.” You will study aspects of live production from pre-production through the rehearsal and performance phases of a theatrical production.

The minimum total credits required for a Theatre major emphasis is 80 quarter credits, including 30 upper-division credits. The minimum total credits required for a degree is 180 quarter credits.

View the major courses and degree requirements

Entering the Major

You may enter this major during your first quarter at SPU. Entrance after your first quarter requires only good academic standing (2.0 or higher SPU cumulative GPA). Consult the undergraduate catalog for complete information on how and when to enter and what you must do to complete the program.  

Career Opportunities

  • Director
  • Stage Manager
  • Assistant Stage Manager
  • Managing Director
  • Box Office Director
  • House Manager
  • Facilities Manager
  • Promotions/Publicity
  • Technical Director
  • Stage Carpenter
  • Scenic Designer
  • Scenic Painter
  • Events Designer
  • Costume Designer
  • Seamstress
  • Wardrobe Supervisor
  • Wig/Hair Stylist
  • Makeup Artist
  • Lighting Designer
  • Lights Board Operator
  • Projection Designer
  • Props Designer/Builder
  • Puppet Designer/Builder
  • Road Crew (Concert Technician)
  • Shop Manger
  • Sound Designer
  • Sound Technician
  • Sound Board Operator
  • Spot Operator
  • Stagehand

Faculty Contact

Richard Lorig

Professor of Theatre; Head of Design
MFA, Arizona State University

Phone:  206-281-2145
Office: McKinley 201


Theatre Scholarships

The Theatre Department awards 10 or more Theatre scholarships each year ranging from $1,000 to $3,000. You do not need to major in Theatre to receive these scholarships.