Adjacent to our Mainstage Theatre is a 2500 square foot fully equipped scene shop
that supports the production activity of the department. The technology available
to scenic production students is extensive.
The scene shop has a full compliment of wood working tools for traditional scenic
construction, including a CNC router table, as well as a large metal area outfitted
for the fabrication, forming and finishing of steel and aluminum. Both areas are equipped
so that many people can work simultaneously.
There is plenty of storage for materials and the storage areas keep materials organized.
We work on large scale and highly detailed projects, exposing students to a wide range
of materials and construction techniques.
The lumber area is equipped with a standard assortment of commercial grade power tools
including some specialty tools such as a panel saw, a shaper and a lathe. There are
plenty of hand tools for the size of our crews, so teams can work efficiently and
The metal area is equipped for MIG & TIG welding, torch welding & cutting, forging,
and finishing/coloring of metals. We are also equipped for bending steel tubing and
pipe. Approximately 20% of the scenery constructed in the departments is steel framed.
Plastics capabilities include hotwire/hot knife cutting to create large sculptural
elements from foam, a deep draw vacuum-forming table for up to 3’ x 3’ pieces, fiberglass
fabrication using aqueous resins and molding/casting of urethane and silicone resins
Mechanization and automation equipment include a PLC controlled winch system, manual
winches and both electrically and mechanically controlled pneumatic piston systems.
The paint area is primarily used for storage and mixing; most scenery is painted and
assembled on stage. We employ many different painting techniques and keep a large
inventory of scenic paints and dyes on hand, giving the students the experience of
mixing colors, developing techniques and samples and organizing the realization of
the scenic art for a production.