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Theatre Major BFA - Area 2: Design/Technology

Building Your Skills

As a BFA Design Technology student at UCM, you’ll have technical opportunities from 35-40 productions each year. The 442-seat, state-of-the-art James L. Highlander Theater will offer you diverse design, assistant design, carpentry, costuming, lighting, sound, make-up and hair, and stage management experiences on a traditional proscenium stage. Our flexible, 100-seat Nickerson Black Box Theater will provide you with more intimate designing, building, and lighting challenges. Each summer you’ll have paid opportunities to company manage, direct, design or act in our touring children’s production. UCM Theatre and Dance invites you to join a diverse body of students, professional faculty, and participate in a rigorous curriculum that will prepare you for graduate programs or a professional career.


Professional Faculty

Our Design Technology faculty are all working professionals. Whether your interest is in technical direction, scenic design, costume design, lighting and sound design, stage management, properties design and more, you’ll work with faculty who have served with excellence in both the academic and professional realms.


BFA Portfolio Interviews 2022 - Save the Date - Monday, February 21st, 2022 9am-5pm. For more info or to register for your interview please contact: 

At UCM, we value engaging learning experiences that include student involvement and service-learning projects. Involvement opportunities include:

Professional Organizations and Student Groups

● Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF)

● American College Dance Association (ACDA)

● Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri (STAM)

● United States Instiute of Theatre Technology (USITT)

● Southeast Theatre Conference (SETC) 

● U/RTA Auditions and Portfolio Reviews

●Theta Alpha Phi (Honorary Theatre Fraternity)

● UCM Dance Club 

● Film Makers And Actors' Coalition

● Underrepresented Theatre Artists & Allies (UTAA)

● Shenanigans Improv Troupe 

● Central Missouri Playwrights (CMP) 


Theatre S.H.I.P.

The Theatre Special Housing Interest Program area in Nickerson Hall is designed for students minoring in or majoring in theatre. This SHIP provides close proximity to the department’s Black Box Theatre, a lounge to rehearse lines and blocking, a fully equipped dance studio and access to dining facilities.

Design Technology Opportunities

● Assistant Design or Design in Main Stage Season 

● Stage Manage or Assistant Stage Manage in Main Stage Season

● Technical Direction or Assistant Technical Direction in Main Stage Season

● Front of House Operations

● Box Office Management

● Public Relations Assistant

● Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

● Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri


● Southeast Theatre Conference

● U/RTA Auditions and Portfolio Reviews

●Senior Showcase






Jennifer Van Buskirk
Assistant Professor of Theatre
Martin 114B
Tel: (660) 543-8346


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