In this course, instructor Joshua Hatt shows you how to unpack your drama standards, articulate what you want your students to know and be able to do. The material explores how to incorporate lights, sound, makeup, staging, and costuming into your drama class at any grade level regardless of your school resources or unit structure. Bells and whistles? Awesome! Barely a classroom? We’ve still got you covered.

This 9 lesson series works from the basics and standards, though lighting, sound, costuming, staging, and makeup design, and culminates with a final project including rubrics, resources, and handouts.

A wise theatre technician once said: “the theatre mirrors life but technical theatre teachers us how to live.” Try to keep that statement in mind as you work through this course and see if we can make you a believer in all things technical theatre.

Course Outline

Lesson 0: Introduction 12:07
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Lesson 1: Getting Down to Basics 12:07
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Lesson 2: Unpacking the Drama Standard 13:53
Lesson 3: Light the Lights! 21:50
Lesson 4: What's That Sound? 27:40
Lesson 5: To Costume or Not to Costume 25:24
Lesson 6: Set the Stage 24:07
Lesson 7: Free Play Makeup Design 39:45
Lesson 8: Putting it All Together 20:12
Lesson 9: Recap 6:50

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Standards Addressed

Common Core


National Core Arts Standards


TH:Cr3.1: Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade HS Proficient

TH:Cr3.1.HSI.c - Refine technical design choices to support the story and emotional impact of a devised or scripted drama/ theatre work.

TH:Cr2.1: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work - Grade HS Accomplished

TH:Cr2.1.HSII.b - Cooperate as a creative team to make interpretive choices for a drama/theatre work.

TH:Cr1.1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work - High School Accomplished

TH:Cr1.1.HSII.b - Understand and apply technology to design solutions for a drama/theatre work.

TH:Cr1.1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work - High School Proficient

TH:Cr1.1.HSI.b - Explore the impact of technology on design choices in a drama/theatre work.

TH:Cr1.1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work - Grade 7

TH:Cr1.1.7.b - Explain and present solutions to design challenges in a drama/ theatre work.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade HS Accomplished

TH:Pr5.1.HSII.b - Apply technical elements and research to create a design that communicates the concept of a drama/theatre production.

TH:Cr1.1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work - Grade 6

TH:Cr1.1.6.b - Identify solutions to design challenges in a drama/theatre work.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade 7

TH:Pr5.1.7.b - Choose a variety of technical elements that can be applied to a design in a drama/theatre work.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade 6

TH:Pr5.1.6.b - Articulate how technical elements are integrated into a drama/ theatre work.

California VAPA Standards (2019)


7.TH:Cr1 Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work

7.TH:Cr1.c - Explain and present solutions to design challenges in a drama/ theatre work.

6.TH:Cr1 Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work

6.TH:Cr1.c - Identify solutions to design challenges in a drama/theatre work.

6.TH:Pr5 Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

6.TH:Pr5.b - Articulate how technical theatre elements are integrated into a drama/ theatre work.

Georgia Performance Standards 2010 - Theatre Arts


Grade 9-12 - TECHNICAL THEATRE IV

TAHSTTIV.1 - Designing and executing artistic and technical elements of theatre
a. Applies solutions to technical theatre problem
b. Develops and maintains a portfolio of best works that illuminate and reflect growth, knowledge, and skills as a theatrical technician and designer
c. Compares and contrasts how nature, social life, and visual art practices and products influence and affect design choices for theatre, film, television, and electronic media productions in the past and the present
d. Applies the components, functions, and operations of technical theatre elements, including lighting, scenery, costuming, makeup, properties, and sound

TAHSTTIV.2 - Designing and executing artistic and technical elements of theatre (Scenery and Properties)
a. Builds scenery and properties from original ground plans and set designs for a production
b. Serves as technical director, shop supervisor, or in other leadership roles on the technical elements of a production

TAHSTTIV.3 - Designing and executing artistic costumes and make-up
a. Implements costume and make-up designs for a dramatic work in a formal setting
b. Designs and creates a garment pattern

TAHSTTIV.4 - Designing and executing artistic and technical elements of theatre (Costume and Make-up)
a. Designs an original lighting or sound plot for a variety of dramatic works
b. Implements lighting designs for a dramatic work in a formal theatre setting
c. Implements sound designs for a dramatic work in a formal setting

Grade 9-12 - TECHNICAL THEATRE II

TAHSTTII.1 - Designing and executing artistic and technical elements of theatre
a. Interprets, prepares, and presents elements of technical theatre to enhance a scene
b. Creates a two-dimensional study of a three-dimensional object, using scale drawings, perspective drawings, blueprints, or computer renderings to design scenery, costumes, and properties
c. Analyzes and justifies design choices
d. Applies the principles, elements, characteristics, and functions of design to a theatrical production
e. Analyzes dramatic texts for theme/s, settings, era, style, genre, and characters to determine technical requirements
f. Applies knowledge of design principles and elements to set and property design, costumes, lighting, sound, and makeup
g. Collaborates with the director to develop concepts that convey the metaphorical nature of theatre, film/video, and electronic media productions
h. Incorporates the use of technological advances in theatre and other disciplines to create formal and informal theatre, film/video, and electronic media productions

TAHSTTII.2 - Designing and executing artistic and technical elements of theatre
a. Develops designs that use visual elements to clearly convey environments suggested by the text
b. Illustrates the use of line, shape, texture, color, space, and balance to represent the environment of a plot
c. Designs original ground plans and set designs for a variety of dramatic works
d. Develops technical designs based on design concepts (e.g., musical and visual art principles) that meet the requirements of the dramatic work, film/video, and electronic media production

TAHSTTII.3 - Designing and executing artistic and technical elements of theatre (Costumes and Make-up)
a. Applies construction techniques and materials for creating costumes
b. Investigates alternative strategies for obtaining costumes
c. Engages in proper safety practices in the creation of costumes and the application of make-up

TAHSTTII.4 - Designing and executing artistic and technical elements of theatre (Lighting and Sound)
a. Applies established principles, elements, and techniques of lighting and sound design for a theatrical production
b. Analyzes and safely applies basic techniques of theatrical lighting and sound production such as using color gels, designing and reading a light plot and instrument schedule, and selecting or designing sound effects and background music
c. Uses available lighting sources to enhance formal and informal theatre, film/video, and electronic media productions
d. Creates appropriate sound effects, and selects music to enhance a scene or production

Grade 9-12 - TECHNICAL THEATRE I

TAHSTTI.1 - Designing and executing artistic and technical elements of theatre
a. Compares and contrasts the characteristics of different types of performance spaces such as a proscenium stage, studio/black box, thrust stage, classroom, arena, or found space.
b. Analyzes ways in which the characteristics of a performance space can influence production decisions properties, lighting, sound, costuming, and makeup
d. Creates a chart of the responsibilities of technical personnel, including designers, builders, and operators
e. Demonstrates theatre safety practices as well as an ethical use of available technology and resources
f. Considers the interrelated nature of lighting, costumes, makeup, sound, properties, scenery, acting, and direction to create in a unified theatrical production
g. Researches and selects lighting, sound, scenery, properties, costumes, and makeup to help create a particular theatrical environment
h. Selects, documents, and arranges props, furniture, costumes, and sound to create the setting and environment of the plot
i. Uses standard safety and operating procedures for tools and equipment used in formal and informal theatre, film/video, and electronic media productions

TAHSTTI.2 - Designing and executing artistic and technical elements of theatre (Sets and Properties)
a. Uses power tools under the operating and safety guidelines to construct theatre sets and props
b. Collaborates with other group members to design and construct a variety of functional scenic devices for a formal production
c. Describes and/or documents through words, drawings, technical elements, the setting and environment of a plot,
d. Uses available art materials, tools, and/or stock scenery to create and convey props and/or setting
e. Constructs or locates appropriate props to enhance a scene or production

TAHSTTI.3 - Designing and executing artistic and technical elements of theatre (Costumes and Make-up)
a. Identifies the basic functions of costumes in theatrical production
b. Identifies the characteristics, safety considerations, application and removal techniques for different types of makeup and makeup materials
c. Demonstrates the safe and appropriate application of character makeup and simple prosthetics
d. Creates a graphic regarding historical, regional, and cultural styles of dress
f. Analyzes and safely applies basic principles and techniques of costume construction: cutting, dyeing, sewing, care, and maintenance of costumes
g. Uses available art materials, tools, and resources to convey the characters through costumes, accessories, and make-up designs for a scene or production
h. Designs and creates costume drawings and/or make-up charts

TAHSTTI.4 - Designing and executing artistic and technical elements of theatre (Lighting, and Sound)
a. Identifies basic lighting and sound technology, equipment, and safety practices
b. Describes, compares, and demonstrates the practical application of different light and sound equipment in theatre, film, television, and electronic media

Georgia Performance Standards 2017 - Theatre Arts


Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Theatre Arts


MS 117.211 LI - Creative Expression: production

C.3.B - create suitable environments for dramatizations.

Alberta, Canada


British Columbia - 2018 (latest)


GRADE 10 - DRAMA - Reason and reflect

Describe, analyze, and respond using drama-specific language

GRADE 10 - DRAMA - Connect and expand

Demonstrate respect for self, others, and the audience

GRADE 11 - DRAMA - Connect and expand

Demonstrate awareness of self, others, and audience

GRADE 12 - DRAMA - Connect and expand

Demonstrate respect for self, others, and audience

Ontario, Canada