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 for anything from stage management to costume design.


As a Theatre major with a Production emphasis, you will be prepared for the manifold aspects of theatre production. You will grow in your mastery of stage management, scenic design, costume design, makeup design, prop design and management, lighting and sound design, and more. Through your studies and your participation in theatre productions, you will be exposed to a wide range of dramatic forms and styles.

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 “AutoCAD Drafting,” “Scene Painting,” “Stage Management,” “Costume Design,” “Stage Makeup,” and “Playwriting.” You will study aspects of theatre production from pre-production through rehearsal and performance phases of a theatrical production. You will also participate in “Production Practicum.”

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

  • Stage Manager
  • Assistant Stage Manager
  • Technical Director
  • Stage Carpenter
  • Grip (Stagehand)
  • Scenic Designer
  • Scene Painter
  • Costume Designer
  • Seamstress
  • Wardrobe Supervisor
  • Makeup Artist
  • Lighting Designer
  • Lights Board Operator
  • Sound Designer
  • Sound Technician
  • Props Maker/Handler

Faculty Contact

Richard Lorig

Associate Professor of Theatre; Chair of Theatre
MFA, Arizona State University

Phone:  206-281-2145
Office: McKinley 201

Don Yanik Set

“Don’t Start With the Walls”

“I tell my students in my scene design class, you start with what you need. If you need a table, that’s where you start. You don’t start with the walls.”

Don Yanik, Professor Emeritus of Theatre


What Is a Dramaturg?

A dramaturg (drăm ə- tûrj) researches productions for information useful in the rehearsal process and development of program notes; works directly with the director or designer; presents research and background information at plenary sessions; and attends selected rehearsals and production meetings.

Why Study Theatre?

Why Study Theatre?

Studying theatre, performing theatre, and otherwise engaging in the world and work of theatre will enrich your life and offer you many career and life opportunities.